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Newb drying spalted maple
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:04:36 AM »
Hey guys, I'm new to drying my own wood and would like some tips/reassurance. 
Here's the story, a few years back my granddad had his farm logged. One hillside is maple and elms mostly and the rest of the farm is various hardwoods. The logger said he got some good veneer walnuts but the maple was all wormy. At the time I didn't know anything about what wormy meant. Later I looked it up and learned. 
Anyway, I've been curious about the wormy maple. I saw a tree that had fallen over earlier this year and kept that in the back of my mind. Recently, I had my tractor down there so I took that opportunity to check out the log. I cut into it and it had spalt!
The bottom several feet was punky so I cut the middle 9' or so and hauled it up the hill. Took it to the local mill and had it live edge cut 1'' thick. 
Picked it up last Saturday and its beautiful! This is the first time I've done this so I want to make the most of it. I cut stickers and stacked it in my shop with a fan. The nearest place that sells anchorseal is hour and a half away so I use PU. It has already dried out a bunch. I purchased a cheap moisture meter yesterday and the maple was reading roughly 10-12%. Seems lower than expected. 
I also picked up a oak, two hickory, and a pine board that he had in his cull pile to use for small projects. 
I have added more stickers than what is in the photo. 
I didn't use anything to kill the potential bugs so I'm a little freaked out about that after reading the thread here about that. 
Thanks for the info on this site, I read some before I picked it up from the mill. 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2019, 11:35:43 AM »
gersus, let me be the first to welcome you.  remember that spalting is the beginning of rotting, so you were correct to select and area with not as much Punky wood.  If you had wet maple you would need more flow through out the pile, meaning fans and away from the wall, or outside.  If it is really 12% depending on where you live, that may be the limit of what airdrying can do.  be sure and check the middle of the boards.  knots will read higher and punky wood lower.  If it is a pinless meter where you set a constant for species, you could in theory have wet punky wood reading the same as dry solid wood.  If you knock it with something, dull sound is wet, light sounds are dry.  you can practice on fresh wood vs something in your house known to be dry.  Looks like you are having fun.  keep reading and posting.  If it blew over last year I would expect it to be wetter.  maybe it was standing dead and blew over due to rotted roots.  If you want it for inside, you can make a simple solar cycle kiln to further dry, look on you tube.  you can kill bugs, although if it is that dry, many do not like dry wood.
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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2019, 12:27:59 PM »
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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2019, 12:33:48 PM »
here is my maple we sawed yesterday, in part some thin slices to cover a glue lam beam.



 



 



 
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2019, 12:48:21 PM »
Topic: Sawing project 2019
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Sawing project 2019
see the pdf posted on post 165 or so.
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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 01:09:49 PM »
"Storms Never Last"

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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2019, 01:28:47 PM »
Thanks doc and George!
Doc, that has some cool gnarly grain to it! 

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2019, 01:36:03 PM »
Thanks, and that is gnarly with a capital G lol.  Good luck, and keep us in the loop
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2019, 08:37:04 AM »
I am often right, but not always.  I got a PM by Tom the Sawyer who thought this might be a pin oak, and I think he is right.  It was a log I had for several years and my recollection of where it came from was faint.  Most of my maple that has sat for that long has fungal stain and stuff growing on the outside.  Thanks Tom, and please do not tell my wife.  She already has me right only half the time and I hate to cross over to "right less than half." :)
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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2019, 10:28:47 AM »
I didnt think there were any trees in KS anyways lol!

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2019, 10:36:20 AM »
The log I had milled came from the left side of this pic. I 

 

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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2019, 10:40:43 AM »
Thanks for sharing Doc. Next time I am in Kansas and get sick I will be sure to head to Missouri for treatment.  :D
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2019, 10:41:12 AM »
Yes,  we are not famous for our logging.  We have a state forestry dept.  I think yours is maple, mine is not.  I thought the grain was dark and interesting, and convinced myself it was due to all the branch points and moisture in the wood, as well as setting for several years.  keep up the good work, and have fun.  We are all still learning as you can see from my example.   :P   :)
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2019, 01:18:05 PM »
Beautiful chunk of wood regardless of species!

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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2019, 11:32:11 AM »
Thanks for sharing Doc. Next time I am in Kansas and get sick I will be sure to head to Missouri for treatment.  :D
   Yeah or you may be wondering why all your meds are suppositories and the applicator came right off a roll of barb wire. :D :D
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2019, 12:33:34 PM »
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :o :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D  tough crowd!!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2019, 09:15:57 PM »
 

 

 The maple is drying well. 
Went and found some more logs today and dropped them off at the mill.

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Re: Newb drying spalted maple
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2019, 10:55:36 PM »
The first log I had milled has air dried for awhile now and Im getting readings of 10-12% MC so I built a 12 long foam box, stacked the slabs in there with a dehumidifier and a fan. I put a nifty humidity and temp gauge in there that I can pull up real time readings ob my phone from anywhere. This is all new to me so Im experimenting with settings. With the dehumidifer set on 40% Im getting a temp of 87. Should I leave it as is, turn the dehumidifier down to the lowest 35%? Add a heater now or wait till the end? 

Side note, I thought I read somewhere here that heat degrades the grain or beauty of some wood? Like walnut? 

If I can get readings in the single digits is it done or is there a preferred protocol to finish it?
I know, lots of questions. I have been reading here a lot and learning a ton. 

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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2019, 10:56:33 PM »
Oh, btw I have since had more maple milled and a nice walnut. ;) I have caught the bug!


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