You have to have Moisture to dry wood
This episode I take a closer look at kiln drying wood and discuss fun things like dry bulb, wet bulb, and dew point. Ironically you have to have moisture in order to dry wood and without it...well...you get firewood. This is Kiln Drying 101 and hopefully will answer the 100s of emails I have been getting about drying your own lumber.
Download Kiln Schedules and the Tension Test Article
Featured Species: European Beech
Fagus sylvatica or European Beech is a mainstay species in Europe. Its North American counterpart, Fagus grandifolia is nearly identical with minor differences in hardness and density. Its a great cabinet wood but also an oddity as a diffuse porous wood that steam bends and splits nicely making it a great chairmaking wood too.
In many ways it is similar to Hard Maple with hardness and workability but fills that niche of a light brown wood that is surprisingly not as common as you might think amongst all the white and red woods out there.
- Chad shares a lutherie project made from Paulownia and spearheaded by former President Jimmy Carter
- Jay planted some Paulownia and asks about thermally or physically modifying it.
- Jake shares and article about a fungus that may provide hope for EAB affected trees.
- Scott asks about how to spalt his own lumber
- Julian wants to dry his own lumber in his sauna
- Joshua wants to kill bugs in his lumber without hardening through kiln drying.
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