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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have an oak tree which was cut a month ago. Can I use it to do crown moldings to decorate my kitchen cabinets?
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I wouldn't, the tree has not aged.

It has to be sawn and air dried or kiln dried. Someone else may be able to give you the time frame, or may have a different opinion.

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After being sawn and stickered, the rule of thumb is about 1 yrs. drying time for each inch of thickness. Of course this will vary depending on the type of wood and the surroundings.

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OK, I understand that the tree has to be aged. Just wondering: what will happen to my moldings if I cut them from not aged tree?
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If the moisture content is high in the wood it will warp or twist as it dries.

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Will not be pretty, the wood will crack and warp. You can not finish it or seal it as the wood still has moisture in it. Not recommended!

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