I have seen some 1 year old air dried oak, 3" thick, for sale. Presumably
it is not ready to use; but is it's current condition any indication of how
it will turn out; or is it too early to say?
In Western NY how long would you think it would have to dry? Is simply
storing it indoors enough after a year, or does it still have to be
stickered and separated (or whatever you do when air drying wood; obviously
I don't know anything about it).
Depends on how it was sawn. If it's oak, then it might be quarter sawn
(for the figure) and this will dry quite stably as 1" and give a useful
If it's flat-sawn, then it will cup slightly. I'd disagree with Dave W
here (certainly for my local oaks) and I don't find that it's prone to
twist, but it always has the "rings straightening" effect. Because of
this, the most efficient thickness to saw to is 2". This allows you to
resaw, plane off the cupping and still get two good boards out of it.
You're removing the "cupping losses" from two faces. If however you saw
to 1" and dry it, then you have to take this cupping loss from four
faces. 2" drying will give you two 3/4" boards, 1" drying will only
give you 1/2" boards.
Oak is famous for twisting and othwise misbehaving when drying. If you are
lucky, you can resaw, take advantage of reduced drying time and still get
some good stock out of it. Sticking, out of the sun, with protection from
rain etc. will help reduce the problems.
Depends on the grade and what you want to use it for. If it has been
_indoors_ and stickered, you should see most of what you want by now. Air
drying is better for prevention of honeycomb, in my experience. Doggone
kiln operators tend to push it a bit.
Cut for legs and such, with a winter in a heated environment should give you
stability by March.
Oh yes http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/ and a search on air drying will turn up
all kinds of good information, none of which includes a "year per inch" with
no further conditions.
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