About two years ago, a neighbor cut down a tall cedar tree in his
front yard. It was a mixed blessing: I hated to lose a living tree on
my block, but the roots aren't growing into my sewer lines anymore.
He had a crew of people feeding chunks into a Gravely chipper, and I
saw my opportunity. I asked the guys to take the bottom part of the
trunk, cut it into two roughly eight-foot lengths, and leave'em in my
front yard so I could hire a mill and harvest planks.
I should mention that this is in a row house in West Philadelphia, so
tree harvesting just _does not happen_
Anyway, this past spring, a friend tells me his father in law has a
sawmill in NY State. He hauled the two logs away. Last night, I come
home to find a two-foot-high, seven feet long stack of fresh cedar
Now, for the advice. The boards are still moist. So they're going to
have to dry in my basement for a while. I'll set them up on stickers
this weekend, and I guess I'll seal the ends with some latex paint.
The basement is not completely dry, but it doesn't flood. But does
anyone have any advice on drying this stuff out? Any idea how long
it'll take (I expect at least a year)?
Also... any ideas for a cedar project? (Aside from humidors.)