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Forum topic by Woodmaster1 posted 11-29-2017 09:07 AM 915 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2017 09:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut sycamore

Today we emptied the kiln at my woodworking club. Most of the wood was walnut. There was some maple, sycamore, and hackberry. The majority of the sycamore went to the burn pile due to wind damage. When we got to it it was very disappointing that it split so bad but I was able to get a couple of pieces that could be used. First picture is the sycamore

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 12:57 PM

All I can say is that is a heck of a lot of money there!

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 03:31 PM

I wish I had a source to get slabs of wood like that. I can build a solar kiln and love the idea of it. I wonder….If I build it, will the slabs come?

Beautiful amount of lumber you got there.

-- Justin

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#3 posted 11-29-2017 06:17 PM

Count your blessings. I am curious I se you are using some hight tech/dollar WALMART air circulation devises… Curious are you using anything to take the Moisture out of the air?

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#4 posted 11-29-2017 06:32 PM

Looks like fun. I tried those little box fans in my DH kiln and they did not work very well. Standing right in front of them I could barely feel a breeze. I had to upgrade to 4 attic fans that move 1600 cfm each. I had an article in the May/June 2017 issue of Woodworkers Journal about the kiln, which you might enjoy reading. It’s available online for members, or as a back-issue order.

There’s nothing like pulling freshly dried lumber out of the kiln. I doubt I’ll ever tire of that feeling.
Thanks for sharing, this is good stuff. Nice walnut by the way!

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#5 posted 11-29-2017 07:54 PM

No we don’t use anything other than fans and the roof stack vents with the spin thing on top. It usually takes about 4 to six months to get the moisture to 6-8%. When we empty the kiln the wood is stored in a barn next to it. The club members can buy the wood at a very good price. The kiln was designed by the industrialist that built the club shop.

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 09:22 PM

To each their own, but I’d paint the ends to seal them and then either weight or strap them down before drying. Especially with the sycamore. These steps keep loses in my little kiln to a minimum.

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