I have three stumps I am planning to dry out. They are going to be used in my studio as work surfaces. What is the process for preparing and drying out these stumps.

 

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Hi Margaret, 

Glen uses rescued lumber when possible.  He air dries the lumber, at least 1" a year, but this also depends on type of wood, thickness...  Air drying means that the wood will be exposed to the outdoors under a protective covering to keep dry.  

Drying stumps is difficult. The wood will dry from the inside out probably resulting in checks (cracks in the wood) & not a great work surface.  There is an expensive way to dry wood involving chemicals.


Some variables are type of wood, thickness of stump.  I found this discussion on line that may be helpful

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Cutting_and_Drying_a_Walnut_S...

 

Kiln dried wood  http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsArticle.aspx?id=2...

 

Air Dry lumber  http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr117.pdf

                          http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/for/for55/for55.htm

 

Drying stump  http://billswoodcreations.com/dry-wood.html

 

Hope this is helpful,

Marie

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