#1
I have some nice cherry planks that I cut from a tree and was wanting to know how to dry it properly without a keln. So what would be a method to do this without it bowing or busting and how long will it take?
Last edited by Silent_Crow13 at Sep 20, 2009,
#2
Apparently it takes forever? Like I've read some posts saying between 15 and 20 years before it's useable without a kiln.

You would also have to stack it in the proper manner, in an area where the moisture content and temperature of the air are relatively constant. Basements with a dehumidifier are good for this.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#5
The heat would probably cause warping etc. beyond what would normally be expected.

Keep it in a dry area with relatively constant temperature.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#6
Make sure to seal the end grain as well to prevent checking (cracks). Make sure it is stored horizontally, not vertically in some corner or something. I would definitely recomend the constant temp. thing as well.

Oh, and the 1 year per inch thick is a pretty good rule, more or less depending on your atmospheric humidity.

My dad had his own furniture making business so he did this stuff all the time.
#7
Go and ask at a pro timber mill or cabinet maker.
Don't rely on any advice from here, not meaning any of the above advice is incorrect.
Last edited by R.Christie at Sep 21, 2009,