Drying Lumber Without a Kiln
This 45 page book shows how to air dry lumber with a minimum of defects such as checking, staining, and excessive warping. Once air dried, the lumber can be put through a kiln or brought down to kiln dried level inexpensively as described in the book. For cabinetmaking, lumber is usually kiln dried to a moisture content between 5 and 8%. Air dry lumber won’t work-it will warp and shrink. You can dry one board or several thousand BF to a kiln dried level in a room, shop, shed or garage. Drying Lumber Without a Kiln shows you how. —$19.95 includes shipping.
Air Drying for Maximum Yield
Sums up twenty years of experience air drying lumber. You can save hundreds of dollars in drying defects by proper drying. Topics include: site selection, equipment needed, calculating moisture content, stacking methods, avoiding defects, drying time for various hardwoods, drying thick woods, carving stock, bowl blocks, rounds and ellipses. 34 pp 8 1/2 x 11. Price $15.00 includes shipping.
About the author
Peter Sieling has been a woodworker, lumber processor and kiln operator for over twenty five years. He has written several books for Mason Crest Publishing and Garreson Publishing, and numerous articles for Bee Culture, Popular Woodworking, Sawmill and Woodlot, Better Homes and Gardens Wood magazine, and Christian Science Monitor. The author has owned and operated Garreson Lumber Company for twenty years, drying over 750,000 BF of lumber.