Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'kiln'

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Logs to Lumber #1: Building a Solar Kiln

01-07-2018 09:40 PM by JohnMcClure | 1 comment »

The project started with a big aluminum box. It’s a jobsite toolbox in a size my employer no longer requires. The box is roughly 6ft long, 3ft deep and 32” high. First I painted it with a dark flat metal primer. Then I built an angled upper portion from OSB.Good to have a helper!The angle of the roof should be equal to your N lattitude, and facing south (if you’re north of the equator). 30 in my case. Trigonometry is very helpful here. And made a frame from ...

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Saturday in the Woodworking Shop #9: Solar Kilns

07-21-2015 07:37 PM by AndyPitts | 4 comments »

I bought my Woodmizer sawmill in 2001 in preparation to mill a lot of eastern Virginia hardwood. I had milled lumber in the 1980’s and had air dried it (on the East Coast of the US) and had powder post beetle damage. So, I researched those critters and discovered that the holes I saw were exit holes from the beetles. They lay eggs in cracks in wood, then the eggs hatch to become larvae, then beetles. To kill the larvae required heat, about 130 degrees F core temperature for an hour woul...

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Apple Wood #3: Rare Wormed Pear - Kiln Dried

02-05-2013 11:10 PM by CTWoodworker | 1 comment »

While harvesting the Apple wood an opportunity presented itself to take down a rather sickly looking Pear tree. Now that its been dried in the kiln and run through the planer its turned out to be a rare treasure. Take a look at these lovely specimens and think about your next project! Send an email to [email protected] for a full ecatalogue of all 26 specimens of the Pear wood.

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From tree to lasting memory #7: design a simple solar kiln

07-24-2011 12:00 AM by gpastor | 7 comments »

Would it be funny if I said “I am a little green when it comes to drying wood” or ” I think my wood has an ear infection, it equilibrium is off” It sounded funny in my head, oh well. Like milling logs, drying them is all new to me. I have found there is no shortage of good informatiom on drying wood from Wikipedia to books like Fine woodworking on wood and how to dry it

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Rescued Wood #16: My Drying Room (Kiln?)

02-02-2010 01:24 PM by PG_Zac | 8 comments »

I don’t really think I could call it a Kiln yet, but it is helping the wood to dry a little quicker. More than a year ago I started building a prototype solar kiln, but didn’t finish it for various reasons. Among other reasons, we moved to the farm, and there are more pressing jobs taking up my time. With all the logs I’ve been collecting and slabbing, I was running out of under-cover storage for air-drying, and anyway, my prototype kiln was never designed to hold thi...

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Solar Kiln #1: Solar Kiln

09-14-2009 03:39 AM by HalDougherty | 14 comments »

I’ve started on my new solar kiln. The plans are from Virginia Tech’s solar kiln project. I’m using the modified plans for a 2000 bft kiln. The framing is 2X4 white pine, floors are made from 1” white oak, the outside siding is 1” white pine with 1” poplar over the pine. After the insulation is installed the inside will be covered with plywood. The supports are made from log sections of black locust. I’ll have more photos when it’s f...

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Saving money by urban logging #2: The latest score

03-27-2009 11:21 PM by Julian | 5 comments »

About three weeks ago I scored a full truck load of mulberry from a tree that had been cut down last November. The tree was over 100 years old, and around 36” diameter and over 100’ tall. Unfortunately the tree had been cut into chunks 24” and under. I got about 60 board feet of mostly quartersawn wood out of it that will most likely get used for bookmatched panels, boxes and picture frames for gifts for the family. It is really beautiful wood with a fleck pattern that remin...

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Solar kiln #5: 7-9% moisture content finally!!!

02-25-2009 04:25 AM by Julian | 8 comments »

I just recievede my new Comprotec moisture meter today and went right out to the kiln to try it out. This is my first moisture meter and I have to say that it seems very well built, especially for only costing around $70. It’s also made in Canada and has a three year warranty, and not made in China, which was another great feature…..... So back to the load in the kiln. All of the 4/4 boards are between 7-9%, with the 5/4 at 14%, and the thicker boards around 20%. So after around 1...

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100 pounds of clay - racks and racks ................................................... PHOTO BLOG

11-14-2007 03:51 AM by Dan'um Style | 11 comments »

Thought it might be fun to share photos of my tiles drying. Then again it might be boring. Well anyways !! Tiles are sitting on the fiber ceiling tiles you buy from Lowes. Bought the damaged ones real real cheap. Ceiling tiles are the best for this. Draws the wetness out of the clay and speeds the drying cycle time. Also have an industrial size box fan blowing 24-7 on them. They’re getting dry extra-quick. Will start a kiln load sooner then estimated.

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