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I have air dried Cherry. Have a project (baby bed) that the widest board is 9.5"tapering down to 5" on each end. All other pieces are 5" or less wide.

The bed post will be gluded up 2.75" sq. The wood has been outside for years and in my shop about a month. It has a moister content of 12/14%.

Do you think I'll have problem using this wood for this project?  Live in Ky.

RalphBarker's picture

air dried vs. kiln dried (post #169483, reply #1 of 4)

Opinions will vary, but craftsmen have made furniture with air-dried wood for centuries. People who operate kilns will, of course, recommend kiln drying. But, kiln-dried wood can't be effectively steam bent.

roc's picture

hhhhmmmm there are many things here to consider . . . (post #169483, reply #2 of 4)

Wood moister . . . who is that ?  Is that the baby ?

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Wood Moister would be a great alias for the chat room.  I wish I had thought of it.  Do you mind if I borrow that so I can change my alias to "Wood Moister" ?

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OK , Ok . . . being serious for a minute . . .

I would think one thing to look at is :  are any of the boards quarter sawn ?  Those would be the more stable widthwise.

Or you could make the core of the posts out of something else, quarter sawn, and veneer over with the nice cherry.  I think there is an article in FWW.  This way you get the nice figure on all sides of the posts.


I wonder . . . if the baby gets enough moisture on the air dried cherry maybe he/she can bend it ?  This could be a new IQ test for pre K.  Pre, Pre K.  Gotta start 'em early or they will turn out like me.



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Spirals go to Purdue

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Figure eights skip all that and just become politicians. ( they don't get anywhere but have a knack for taking the long way ).

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See how its when they give me a day off ?  Besides having to retrain me I get into all sorts of mischief.  Top that with too much chocolate before breakfast and well . . .

anything can happen.


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roc's picture

One option (post #169483, reply #3 of 4)

 This is not the article I had in mind but none the less describes one method of building up legs

I am still looking for the other one but if you are not into re-sawing veneer then forget about that one.


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )

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The normal wood moisture that (post #169483, reply #4 of 4)

The normal wood moisture that can result from air drying is 12-15%. The best wood moisture for building is 6% but 12-14% is still doable. Try using stickers, thin wood to allow air circulation and cover it with plastic then expose it to direct sunlight. Try this for a few days if you would want to dry it more. But if not, you are pretty much good to use it. - J.S.