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Forum topic by Karda posted 04-14-2018 05:03 AM 583 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2018 05:03 AM

Ibuilt a rack with a tarp cover. The tarp covers the back and ther front but the ends are open abd with a breeze the ntarp act like a bellows moving air. The rack is under trees where it get no direct sun. will the tarpe cause a problem with the drying process heres a pic

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 11:57 AM

That should work okay. I would suggest you make it a point to remove the tarp when you know the weather is dry and no chance of rain. You really don’t want mold forming on the wood as it is trying to dry. That is to say you don’t necessarily want to rush it, but you don’t want to hold in the moisture either. Also, make it a point to broom off any sawdust that may be left on the wood from the mill. Sawdust holds moisture and makes it more difficult to dry out without mold or discolor. I have dried out a lot of wood by just stacking it up with spacers and putting a cover only on the top, so rain don’t directly soak it every time it does rain. You don’t need it to get wet, but you don’t want to restrict it’s ability to dry either.

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 12:59 PM

Best not to use the tarp it will impeding air flow. You will have more trouble if you keep under trees.

I suggest cover with roofing tin and throw the posts on top.

I did it this way for years before I had a drying shed.

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 01:54 PM

If you are using this for end sealed logs or log pieces to keep until you turn them, it will work well. The wood will still be wet when turned. If you are using to actually dry the wood I agree with the others.

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 03:50 PM

thanks for your suggestions I’ll watch for mold. I am drying blanks not lumber and will keep the tarp up in good weather

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 04:33 PM

Are the blanks already cut to approximate length or still need to be cut? If they are already cut to length, this will probably not help much to prevent cracking. This may help a little for a few days but for most types of wood, they will start cracking within days unless you can completely cover the ends to prevent moisture loss through the end grain. It is better to rough turn the blanks ASAP and then put them in a cardboard box or paper bag full of the shavings to let them dry for a few months before you finish turning them. If you cannot turn them for a while leave them in log form (in your enclosure) until you are ready to turn them. This way you only get cracks in the 2 ends that can be cut off.

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 06:04 PM

they are bowl blanks I still have to round them out but the ends are sealed

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