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Looking for some time in someone's kiln
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:49:43 AM »
Hi all.

I have a gaming table project I would like to start soon and will be milling up a black walnut I just cut down.  I need some time in a kiln to get this wood dried for use.  Is there anyone in the Ripley TN area that could help out?  It is going to be donated to a local game store as part of their Suicide Prevention fundraiser.  Please PM me here if you can help or know someone who could.

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Re: Looking for some time in someone's kiln
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 08:56:09 AM »
Hey J.  I am too far away and do not have a formal kiln.  But I wanted to say welcome and what a great charity.  Lots of hard working folks here on the forum, so give it a little time for a response.  If you get it milled, keep it under cover and let it air dry.  walnut is fairly forgiving.  what thickness are you needing for your project.  Hopefully it can be added to a load nearby.  How soon are you needing the game board?  even kiln drying takes time depending on thickness ect.  We help with a wood project each year for a local auction for Ride for Hope.  regards.
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Re: Looking for some time in someone's kiln
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2019, 09:08:22 AM »
Most of the cuts will be 1x or 2x but I would like to do 4x4 posts for the legs as well, which means a 4 inch slab.  I know the drying on that piece will take a while.  The event is in September so I have a little time.  I would be willing to trade some fresh cut boards for dried boards as well.  Any suggestions on the legs are welcome as well.  It will see a lot of use so I want it to be both a show piece but able to stand up to a lot of use.

And thank you for the welcome!

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Re: Looking for some time in someone's kiln
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2019, 09:34:02 AM »
Just some thoughts.  do you have a sketch you can share.  thinner will dry faster.  4 x 4 (16/4) will take some time so good idea to try to trade some green for dry wood.  the legs could be a glue up as well.  let the wood dry at 4/4 and then re-glue so that the color and grain re-aligns.  Most kilns would like the wood to be of similar thickness to plan for the schedule.  any pics of the tree?  might be able to trade the tree for kiln or air dried lumber.  I have some in my shop dried for 3 years.  depends on who is in your area and if they saw/dry/sell lumber.  are you going to saw your own lumber?  some who dry lumber may not sell or mill it so may not want that trade.  will have to see who is in you area.  some might even donate.
ps a glue up of the legs can add some stability vs solid chunk.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 09:40:07 AM »
will the top have a design such as a checker board, maple and walnut?  will it have to turn over for alternate game board patterns? or is this a video game table?
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 09:51:38 AM »
Top will be one inch square checkerboard.  No flip top.  More than likely we'll make it a dry erase type top so probably just a finished plywood top.  The walnut would be used for the legs, side trim, etc.

I haven't had any time to draw anything up yet.  I am going to work on it this week in between everything else I have going on.

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 10:09:52 AM »
there are tutorials on how to upload photos, and if you add to your profile, other folks can see where you are and know more about you.  not fully understanding the design, but pic may help.  I guess I do not need to know but it may help with others understanding amount of material needed ect.  will the legs be turned, tapered or straight?  sounds like you finalizing the design.
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