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2" Oak boards..how long to season/dry out?

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Hi All,

 Sorry, I've done this a bit back to front. I've milled all the Oak I have.

It's stickered and I've put on the first coat of PVA to seal.

I'm ready to lay it up but before I do wanted to be sure I had my timings right.

 

They'll be stacked out of direct light, moderate to good air flow.

 

How long to dry to a point I can work them without fear of further warping/splitting...   A year? Longer?

 

If it's longer I'm going to have to reconsider where I put them...that's my question really. 

 

Many thanks  Bob

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Hi the first thing I would do is remove the bark there is an ugly wood boaring beetle that loves oak bark and sapwood ,and the general rule of thumb is an inch a year plus a year so 3 yrs for a 2 inch board but depending on what you want to make a shorter drying time may work

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As Gobby says about the bark.
However the 1" a year is commonly mistaken to mean the thickness of the piece.
It's from the centre of the piece.
So a 4" piece would take minimum 2 years in perfect conditions.

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2 hours ago, trigger_andy said:

10%? Even outside?

I can't see this myself, down here it would settle out at 10% at the end of summer or inside the house but unheated it would gain to a bit less than17% wwb.

 

Also I'd want to see a better support than shown, a block under each line of stickers and more weight on the top

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Get a moisture meter and when around 10% you will be good (2 years)

10% mc air dried!!!
You lucky ****
I'm having to build a kiln.
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