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Greetings,

I bought a brand new Freud dado blade off a gentleman today. When I got there, he was an extremely nice guy who was looking to unload a bunch of things. He gave me a band saw and a huge pile of Cherry (pictured above). All together , there is roughly 100' of 12/4 cherry/3" wide. Not bad!! I felt I couldn't turn it away especially I am getting into making end grain cutting boards.

I have a couple of questions and would like some help. All this wood was kept outside under a tarp. Some of it was dry where some of it is still wet.

1) Will I be able to use this wood to make projects (cutting boards or a new bed for my wife)?
2) Will the wood sitting in my garage dry out enough to be usable?
3) how long does wood take to dry out?
4) At what point can I use the wood?
5) Am I right to think that I can use this wood is some way or is this wood basically fire wood or smoking wood?
6) anything else I should know about drying wood out to be used?

Any help or information would be helpful!!
 

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Ultimately you can use a moisture meter to see how wet the boards are. Once boards have air dried for a couple years, the M.C. will come down to 15% (varies on your location). The good thing is that cherry dries pretty quickly, and it is stacked with stickers for air circulation. As you mill it into smaller pieces it will dry even quicker. I like to work with lumber that is 6-10% moisture content.
 

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By the way, the picture is upside down. Whoops!!!

- archwwc
Drat for a minute I though you had invented artificial gravity ;-).

Sticker it in your shop for as long as you can. One often quoted rule is to air dry wood 1 year for each inch of thickness. Depending on your location (temperature) you could try storing it in your attic.
 

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Unless you have a plan for 8/4 cherry boards, I would resaw it to 4/4 or whatever and check the MC on the cut surfaces. If it is not dried to usable level, stack and sticker. It will dry a lot quicker this way.
 

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I think you'll find that stuff will dry more quickly than you think. There is a difference between green and wet. That stuff appears to have been cut many, many years ago. It has been very dry in the past and then got rained on, but it doesn't have to "dry" like green wood does. Still it would be good to have a moisture meter and check it.
 
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