Why should I have dry lumber?
- For fine woodworking
- To prevent shrinking or cracking
- Prevent mold or mildew
- Applying stains and finishes
NO SWEAT DRYING
Air Drying Lumber
Site your stack, then build it right
damp, or boggy areas. And, keep the stack from under trees that can litter it with twigs and leaves. On the other hand, don’t pick the sunniest spot in your yard, your boards might dry too rapidly. Keep wind direction in mind, too. The (prevailing) wind should blow through the side of the stack, not through an end. It’ll dry much quicker going through the side, and you won’t get as many end-checks.
Things to remember about drying wood
Drying your own wood can be great, if you follow this advice:
Be sure to level the stack’s foundation, but provide for a slight drainage slope. Put down a vapor barrier if the ground seems damp. Check the stack occasionally. Stains or mildew signal drying too slowly. Excessive checking means drying too fast.