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What is the proper humidity for a shop and how should I achieve it?

There's a lot written about the ideal conditions for the workshop but you have to be careful about the source since the figures quoted aren't as universal as sometimes implied or stated, some sources ...
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Building a Cabin; only un-powered hand tools. Need advice

What you're talking about is timber-frame construction, and you're on the right track. I read somewhere it is best to use fairly fresh cut trees for this, to make the hewing easier. Yup. Green wood ...
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Dry Spar Varnish in Oven? Or other methods to speed drying

Is it safe to "bake" these in an oven? Not really, no. You wouldn't be the first person to try this and you might get away with it as some have in the past, but if it doesn't work as hoped it could ...
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Dry Spar Varnish in Oven? Or other methods to speed drying

I haven't tried any of these methods myself but the following is offered up from a quick google search: Reduce the humidity in the environment of the drying varnish by running a dehumidifier. ...
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Carved kuksa of ash wood has split and oozed water, what has gone wrong?

I hand-carved my first Kuksa a month ago from half an ash log. There's your problem. Kuksa's are best made from a close-grained wood (traditionally birch burl). Ash, being open-grained, is very ...
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What is this pest living in my drying lumber and how do I eliminate it?

There aren't a lot of pests that eat wood. This page provides a pretty good list, including: Carpenter ants (see this page for id and control details) are large black ants that nest in structures ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

If you've got a lot to spare, then overdo it. Curves, twists, warps etc will always kill your yield. Flatsawn is apt to be less stable (esp with respect to cupping) than quartersawn. The milling ...
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Should I “un-dry” wood for a while after oven drying?

My question is: After I do this but before I plane the boards, should I leave them sit out in the open air (maybe a week or two) to reabsorb moisture from the air? I think it's certainly advisable, ...
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What is this pest living in my drying lumber and how do I eliminate it?

Looks like powder post beetles to me. If that is the case you have some nice firewood. Sorry.
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Is it better to mill boards before or after drying? (And does it depend on diameter?)

Generally, it's far, far better to rough-mill while green, dry in a stack with stickers to allow airflow and if necessary considerable weight to put on the stack, then do final shaping with the ...
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How can I dry lumber outdoors for furniture?

I did some more research and thought I'd share some of my findings. One thing is that relative humidity and moisture content both use percentages but they are describing the idea of "water ...
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How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening?

How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening? Don't. That's not how to dry wood. Makers of walking sticks and hiking poles, who harvest saplings and branches from ...
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Let pine dry or use it right away for building a work bench?

For fine woodworking, I understand you should let wood dry and get accustomed to your shop (or ideally wherever the finished product will live). Okay so of course that make sense for a huge slab of ...
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Wood Coasters from Tree Branch finish

My question is do you think that they need any type of finish on them? I think it's vital, yes. The top and bottom surfaces of slices like this are all end grain, and unsealed end grain is absorbent ...
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How to store/dry freshly cut lumber (white oak)

Seal the ends as wood loses moisture from the ends faster than the face. You are trying to lower moisture throughout the wood evenly. Latex paint is a cheap effective sealer. Pick a location with good ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

I believe there is just no easy "rule of thumb" when deciding what thicknesses to cut green lumber in an attempt to obtain a certain machined dry lumber thickness, without a lot of waste. Many ...
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DIY Kiln Dry Walnut Plan

would work faster than air depends on drying stage and the wood (you want to prevent cracking) not a stupid idea http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G5507 is a good resource for you. You'll likely need ...
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Drying European hornbeam for knife handles

Does it make sense to try to force dry it? Only you can answer this, since it's only your requirement that drives the decision to speed-dry versus just waiting for the wood to naturally season over a ...
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Drying Wood Methods

I have used dehumidifiers to dry a load of reclaimed wood that was milled to use as trim in a home. It was at 20% moisture content (MC) so I made a frame of 2X material after I set a layer of 6 mil ...
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Drying Wood Methods

I have heard of sealing the end grain and then just leaving the piece to dry on it's own but then I believe there are even different ways to each of those. Yes that is the standard way of drying all ...
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Wood Coasters from Tree Branch finish

The biggest problem I see with your plan is that discs cut from a branch as mentioned are going to be chronically bending and warping even after they are properly dried out. One option you could ...
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How to store/dry freshly cut lumber (white oak)

How long does it need to dry before I can use it? Short answer is, until it's dry enough to use. Ideal moisture level for seasoned wood is dependent on how it'll be used, dried wood for interior ...
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oak has vinegar smell, action needed?

Chances are that you have a red oak board. Red oak is notoriously smelly, described variously as resembling vomit, poop, silage, fermentation - you get the drift. It is widely known as piss-oak ...
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Ash, seasoning, and epoxying to aluminium

This gathers up some comments and my own experience so the question doesn't stay unanswered. Seasoning is unpredictable, but for small pieces can be forced. In the end I microwaved in short bursts ...
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Drying European hornbeam for knife handles

There are a number of species that are known as hornbeam, but since you're posting from Bulgaria, I will assume you have European Hornbeam (C. betulus). It's a very hard wood, and is prone to ...
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Drying European hornbeam for knife handles

I dry a lot of wood like that (many different species) for bowl turning. and I find that splitting the 'log' in half (top to bottom, like firewood) does a great job of allowing to dry reasonably ...
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Using white oak for underwater wall of pond - need to dry at all first or not?

I don't know of any data about whether fully wet applications are better using the wood green or previously dried. Some applications requiring the wood to be constantly wet in service did start with ...
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Preventing splitting in a thick blocks of wood (over 6 inches)

There are multiple reason why wood splits, most probably not because water is being absorbed, but rather it is drying out at a different rate in the wood. The reason that a sealer might help is ...
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