Air dry small quantity of wood indoors?
Sorry in advance for the long posting. One of my neighborís trees fell over in a storm last spring and part of it landed in my yard. He never did anything about it, my wife was not happy, so yesterday I cut it up with a small chain saw. Since it was towards the top of the tree, the branches were not large but, I salvaged a log 5Ē diameter and 30Ē long thatís almost straight. Iíd like to try my hand at sawing it into lumber on my bandsaw. I have a ĹĒ woodslicer blade and figured Iíd build a sled to hold the log and give it a try. I know the Woodslicer blade is not designed for green wood but this is a small log and itís been down for over 6 months (not touching the ground). Iíd feed it slowly so the chips could clear. I figure that the very best I could get out of it are 3 boards 7/8Ē, and 2 boards ĹĒ, max 30 inches long. Once its cut Iím sure it will be less than that.
I know that air drying outside is the best way to dry wood. However, I donít have any kind of area to do that. All I have is a concrete slab in the back yard and in this area, northwest of Philadelphia, we can get wind driven snow in the winter and heavy, wind driven rain in the spring. My shop is in the basement. Now the question; can I dry it in my shop without totally screwing up the wood? Temperature is in the low 60ís all year round with normal home humidity which varies by season. We have a whole house humidifier for the winter. We also have a dehumidifier in the basement that rarely goes off. Of course, thereís not a lot of air flow other than when Iím running the shop vac. What do you think Ė sticker it, weight it and see what happens? Considering what I paid for it, if it became unusable, it wouldnít be a tragedy but Iíd like to do the best I can to make it work. Since this is totally new to me (all I know is what Iíve read on the internet) Iíd really be grateful for any and all suggestions.
I donít know if it makes any difference, but I think the wood is birch. Iím not sure since Iím not great at reading bark, Iím better with leaves, but the bark sort of looks like Birch. If itís a different species of wood would that make any difference? Finally, after I cut it I brought it into the garage and sealed the ends with 3 coats of Sealcoat shellac.