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    Last week, my neighbor had a Black Walnut tree cut down. I was able to harvest two eight-foot and two six-foot logs, 24 and 20 inches in diameter respectively. They have been taken to a sawmill and will be plane-sawn. What is the best way to air-dry the lumber when it is returned?
    • CommentAuthorlv2wdwrk
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2009
    A few years ago my brother air-dried some oak. He stacked the wood from the mill on a concrete slab to a height of about four feet. He stickered it about every 12 to18 along the length of each row. He then covered it with a plastic tarp that covered most of the way to the ground. The tarp was anchored all the way around to keep it from blowing off. He lives in SW Iowa and I think it took about 2 years to dry not sure.

    If you want more info let me know and I will contact him for detail.
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009 edited
    I've attached a page from "Woodworking Wisdom" in PDF format. This is a concise overview of the air drying process, and includes instructions for figuring moisture content and plans for a simple drying rack. There is a great deal more information on the subject in "Wood and Woodworking Materials" by the same author. You can purchase a used copy for a little over $3 here:

    With all good wishes,
    • CommentAuthorlv2wdwrk
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Do we know the person in picture #2????
    • CommentAuthorJPG40504
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    No! That guy is too YOUNG looking! ;>)
    This is how they did it in the (Good Old Days). Of course they were only building log cabins and barns.
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