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Forum topic by Timbot posted 10-02-2009 11:13 AM 2032 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2009 11:13 AM

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I just received some wet osage orange that I ordered online, and realized I have absolutely no idea how to let it dry properly. First, should I remove the wax coating? And second, should I keep it away from other wood as it dries? I live in Southern California, so I do have high humidity. Any tips would be appreciated!

-- Timbot, So Cal

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 02:03 PM

I would scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Depending on the size of the pieces, you can remove more by taking a terry cloth towel, laying it on the wood and run a hot dry iron over it. This will cause the wax to be absorbed in the towel. Next you need a moisture meter to give you an idea of what your moisture content is and how much drying is needed. Cut yourself some cull strips to place both under and between the boards. This provides air circulation. A dry shed works as a good place to let the wood dry. Unless you live in a rainforest, your wood will dry.
Most sawyers oven kiln dry lumber to get lumber to market faster. Air drying, depending on the size and thickness, could take three months to a year.

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 07:30 PM

Thanks union! I really appreciate it!

-- Timbot, So Cal

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 04:51 AM

Good advice. We run a portable sawmill. I’d add if it is less than 12% you want to keep it inside to finish the drying process. Keep it away from direct heat and not somewhere where the temp fluctuates (mine sits under my work bench). If over 12% stack it with stickers (at least 3/4”) in between boards and wrap it with a tarp with the ends open for air movment. Wrapping it really helps it dry more consitantly. That way it can just sit outside too. Also leave about an inch of the wax on the ends you want that to be sealed or you’ll get checks on the end. Osage has open grain too so you my want to set some cinder box on top of the stack to keep it nice and flat. love osage orange have fun with that stuff!

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 06:10 AM

Thanks Rogue!

-- Timbot, So Cal

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