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#1 posted 08-13-2018 07:47 PM

Lot depends upon moisture content if to wet post will crack as they dry. Would definitely want to get moisture meter reading on them before installing.

Would look at Table 13-2 on page 5 for guidence on MC before start turning.

https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr190/chapter_13.pdf

Turning DF can be a blessing or curse, definitely need really sharp tools. If these post come from a home center no telling how well they will turn even if wood has reached EMC. May end up using filler on tear outs, no problem if painting those spindle just takes little more time.

Best to advise man wanting the post may have some cracking after installation or adding filler before installation.

-- Bill


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