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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #180 on: December 05, 2018, 07:14:58 PM »
Green 4/4 hard maple rough sawn 1 1/8" right off the mill and into the kiln. 7% mc in 6 days. Pretty impressive from where I'm sitting.
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« Reply #181 on: December 05, 2018, 07:23:38 PM »
Indeed it is.

How's the color?

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« Reply #182 on: December 05, 2018, 08:39:20 PM »
Green 4/4 hard maple rough sawn 1 1/8" right off the mill and into the kiln. 7% mc in 6 days. Pretty impressive from where I'm sitting.
Wow
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« Reply #183 on: December 06, 2018, 04:56:05 AM »
Indeed. All construction must still consider wood movement. I have a 2 board curly maple table I built with breadboard ends. I have witnessed it moving at LEAST 1/2" from summer to winter.

I have a good chuckle when I see Facebook and Craigslist "master craftsman" building tables that are trapped or surrounded by material that doesn't allow movement....thinking about some crazy soccer mom gunning for them soon-enough as the table has a big crack down the center.  :o :D
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« Reply #184 on: December 07, 2018, 08:01:55 AM »
Btulloh,  I couldn't really say about the color. I've never dried maple before and I have no base for comparison 
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« Reply #185 on: December 07, 2018, 08:45:15 AM »
The desire is to maintain a light color close to the way it came off the saw.  My guess is the iDry would do a really good job of that.  Your customers will let you know if it's right.  :)
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« Reply #186 on: December 07, 2018, 08:47:48 AM »
Going right from the saw to the kiln should help with color.  The longer it sits around the more it oxidizes. 

Impressive results with that thing.  
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #187 on: December 07, 2018, 08:51:19 AM »
For maple, it should be as white and bright as it looked coming off the saw, excluding any slight oxidation on the exposed faces.  Even if the rough sawn faces are a little darker due to air exposure, under the surface after a very light 1/16” skip plane, it should be “Wow” white.  
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« Reply #188 on: December 08, 2018, 07:17:42 AM »
ven if the rough sawn faces are a little darker due to air exposure, under the surface after a very light 1/16” skip plane, it should be “Wow” white.  


Yes indeed!! "Wow white" is alright! I do CRAZY diligence to ensure my maple is white...our motto is "snow white or it ain't right!" 
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« Reply #189 on: December 09, 2018, 07:50:00 PM »
I haven't had any maple planed yet.  I have the builder that ordered it coming tommorow morning to pick it up. Hopefully I get some good feedback and he brings more business my way.
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« Reply #190 on: December 10, 2018, 05:26:08 PM »
We're looking for a load of slabs to use in a marketing photoshoot here at our factory in Barre, VT.  We would dry them for free.  Let me know if anyone is interested in supplying some.  Hardwood preferred (12ft x 4ft x 5ft pile)

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #191 on: December 10, 2018, 07:26:29 PM »
We're looking for a load of slabs to use in a marketing photoshoot here at our factory in Barre, VT.  We would dry them for free.  Let me know if anyone is interested in supplying some.  Hardwood preferred (12ft x 4ft x 5ft pile)

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Jim, I could probably send you a load of 10/4 black walnut live edge slabs; enough to fill up a kiln load if interested.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #192 on: December 11, 2018, 10:57:01 AM »
We're looking for a load of slabs to use in a marketing photoshoot here at our factory in Barre, VT.  We would dry them for free.  Let me know if anyone is interested in supplying some.  Hardwood preferred (12ft x 4ft x 5ft pile)

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Jim, I could probably send you a load of 10/4 black walnut live edge slabs; enough to fill up a kiln load if interested.
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Thanks Scott! We actually just had someone commit to getting us what we need for next Tuesday.  If that falls through I'll let you know. 

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #193 on: December 12, 2018, 05:50:51 AM »
I haven't had any maple planed yet.  I have the builder that ordered it coming tommorow morning to pick it up. Hopefully I get some good feedback and he brings more business my way.
what did he think?
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« Reply #194 on: December 16, 2018, 05:07:36 PM »
alright guys, how are the idry's doing?
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #195 on: December 16, 2018, 08:55:11 PM »
From my standpoint, things have gone well.  My first 2 loads were 4/4 and 6/4 walnut.  The boards came out straight with no checking. I did make a mistake on my third load by mixing green black cherry and green red oak.  Initially, Cherry has a moisture content of 58% but red oak has an 80% MC.   The cherry was drying more quickly but also picked up moisture from the red oak.  After 8 days, the cherry was at 8% so it was time to remove the boards.  Because they picked up moisture during the drying process from the red oak, there was minimal cupping.  The lesson learned is to not mix woods that have a distinct differences in the moisture content.
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« Reply #196 on: December 17, 2018, 06:46:37 AM »
I placed my order and look forward to not having to air dry 2" material for a year before kd'ing. Sounds like Jim and crew are going to have to work like Santa's elves post Thanksgiving , but without the break after Christmas . I think this will be my final piece of my new mill operation. (Probably lying to myself  :D  ).
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« Reply #197 on: December 17, 2018, 08:44:00 AM »
From my standpoint, things have gone well.  My first 2 loads were 4/4 and 6/4 walnut.  The boards came out straight with no checking. I did make a mistake on my third load by mixing green black cherry and green red oak.  Initially, Cherry has a moisture content of 58% but red oak has an 80% MC.   The cherry was drying more quickly but also picked up moisture from the red oak.  After 8 days, the cherry was at 8% so it was time to remove the boards.  Because they picked up moisture during the drying process from the red oak, there was minimal cupping.  The lesson learned is to not mix woods that have a distinct differences in the moisture content.
How did the red oak turn out? My iDry is scheduled to ship the first week of January. Can’t wait.
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« Reply #198 on: December 18, 2018, 05:33:45 PM »
After one week in the kiln, the red oak was at 55% MC.  Since the maximum moisture loss per day should be less than 3%,  I decided that it needs some time air drying.  Next to go into the kiln is a full load of quartersawn sycamore.  


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« Reply #199 on: December 18, 2018, 09:02:11 PM »
Native wolf, feedback on the maple was all positive and they have put in another order this time some 8/4 walnut slabs which I already have dry but I need to cut them a few hundred feet of 6/4 walnut lumber. 
Jfric , Ellmoe good for you guys , I'm sure you will be pleased. Pretty sure I helped push a few customers into pulling the trigger on these idry. I have been getting calls from my fb posts about the kiln. Lots of curiosity surrounding these units. If it keeps up like it has been the last few weeks I will probably be ordering another in about 6 months or so. I've been getting a lot of people wanting me to dry their wood. I'm pretty sure I could keep one busy for my retail and another kiln drying others.
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