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Twisted Cherry boards

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A friend was taking down some trees in her yard and wondered if I wanted the Cherry tree. Of course I said
yes. It was 40' to the first big branch. Unfortunately the bottom 32' was rotten. I ended up with a 8' log.
The tree was taken down early fall, I had it sawed up in 5/4 boards and stacked them in my old shop in the
house. I used 4/4 for the bottom sticker with a dato for the 5 ratchet straps and I kept them tight. I ran
a fan during the day, they are now 7% and twisted. I stacked them the way they were sawed, so it seems
like the whole pile on one corner must have lifted off the floor. I wonder if I had turned every other piece
if this would have helped and maybe some weight on top. I used mineral and bees wax on the ends
and the only splitting I got was 2 heart wood boards.
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I think for the average Joe drying your own lumber isn't a good idea. It takes a lot of knowhow to dry lumber the right way. I am sure you went to a lot of work and expense to dry that lumber and you got mostly firewood.

I worked at one time a flooring mill and even with all their experience they still had things go wrong.
That is about the only way around here,there is no kilns close by. When we had the Belsaw Mill on the farm we used to just stick it and stack it in an open shed. When we used it it had a mildew on it, but that was gone after the planer, The bottom of the pile next to the dirt had some bug holes in it. But this wasn't furniture lumber anyway.

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