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    Greg, it's not the issue. Wood starts...

    Greg, it's not the issue.

    Wood starts shrinking once it gets below fiber saturation point (FSP), which is around 30% MC. Green, your oak was around 80% MC, give or take depending upon the...
  2. I use this paint a lot around the farm. It used...

    I use this paint a lot around the farm. It used to be called "Hard Hat" and then they changed the name to Industrial. I recall that it still has a rendition of a hard hat on the can though. It...
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    That is fascinating! Thank you very much for...

    That is fascinating! Thank you very much for sharing.
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    You might want to give him a call. Nowadays,...

    You might want to give him a call. Nowadays, with all the phishing scams I'm finding that lot's of incoming e-mails to me are not making it through, and most likely the same thing is occurring with...
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    Greg, the cracks were most likely already in the...

    Greg, the cracks were most likely already in the wood when you received it and pre-existed when the end sealer was applied. The fact that they become visible is due to the slight MC% loss.
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    Brandon Berdoll at Berdoll Sawmill in Bastrop, TX...

    Brandon Berdoll at Berdoll Sawmill in Bastrop, TX may be able to assist you with a thick slab. Tell him that Scott Smith referred you.
  7. The “one year per inch” rule is an old wives...

    The “one year per inch” rule is an old wives tale. About the only domestic species that this applies to is oak.

    In the southern US in the summer, 1” pine will fully air dry in 2 months. Same...
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    I think that you’re ok to slab it, but I would...

    I think that you’re ok to slab it, but I would edge 1/2 to 2/3 of the sapwood off; otherwise it may split significantly on you.
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    For the past ten years or more my preference has...

    For the past ten years or more my preference has been to buy US MFG first, neighbors (Canada and Mexico) second, US Allies third, and Chinese last. I’d rather support our friends, allies and...
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    I’ve had good service from my Pioneer (Laguna)...

    I’ve had good service from my Pioneer (Laguna) 37” WBS. Used it for 10 years - sometimes for days at a time.

    I just replaced it with a used 3 head Timesavers 52”. In my area, Timesavers has a...
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    Jebidiah, the first photo in your pix shows an...

    Jebidiah, the first photo in your pix shows an off-center pith in the log, and a wide sapwood band. The off-center pith indicates either a leaning tree, or a log end right below where the tree may...
  12. My 25” Oliver has about a bazillion inserts on...

    My 25” Oliver has about a bazillion inserts on the heads, and it takes several hours to remove, clean, and reinstall them all.

    What I’ve learned is 1 - an impact type of tool - either air or...
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    What John said. Targeted daily MC% reduction...

    What John said.

    Targeted daily MC% reduction for 12/4 WO is around .4 of a percent. You really need to take it slow. I would be highly surprised that 12/4 would air dry in a year w/o significant...
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    You say laminating, but you also mentioned making...

    You say laminating, but you also mentioned making it wider. Laminating is typically done to make something thicker, not wider. Edge gluing would be used to make it wider.

    Whichever route you go,...
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    Yes, L200 is a Nyle model. It is designed for...

    Yes, L200 is a Nyle model. It is designed for 4000 bd ft of 4/4 oak (from green), around 1,500 bd ft of 4/4 poplar or pine, 3000 bd ft - give or take of 4/4 walnut or maple, etc.

    The Woodmizer...
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    Bill, I use 49% laboratory grade ammonia and does...

    Bill, I use 49% laboratory grade ammonia and does it work fast! The 29% blueprint grade is a bit safer to work around.

    I’ve done suspended fuming in plastic sleeves, and also used painters...
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    What I would suggest is to keep your old...

    What I would suggest is to keep your old compressor in place, and plumb one of the quiet Rolair, CAT, or Makita compressors to it. You will benefit from the large storage tank on your existing...
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    I have literally over 300 tons of tools and...

    I have literally over 300 tons of tools and equipment. If and when I ever move, I’ll make a determination of what to sell and not replace, what to sell and replace after moving, and what to keep. ...
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    David, you have my permission to use my “sticky”....

    David, you have my permission to use my “sticky”. Please reference by website at WPSawmill.com. There is additional information about quartersawing on my site.

    The biggest advantage of vacuum...
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    David, I've been looking at vacuum kilns for over...

    David, I've been looking at vacuum kilns for over ten years, but have not gotten to the point of making the investment. Here is what I've learned.

    Broadly speaking, vacuum kilns fall into two...
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    Jerry, the easiest and most durable method that I...

    Jerry, the easiest and most durable method that I know of to build a deer stand ladder is to make it from pressure treated lumber, designed like this one:

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    This design is very simple,...
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    Brian, the bottom piece appears to be chestnut...

    Brian, the bottom piece appears to be chestnut white oak. The narrower board above it appears to be quercus alba (white oak).

    The change in growth ring direction exhibited by the narrow board...
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    This is an excellent suggestion from Tom (as...

    This is an excellent suggestion from Tom (as always).

    Personally, there is no way that I'd consider running those boards thru my equipment. Some of the older ones might even be treated with...
  24. I'd be happy to work a trade with you but I'm...

    I'd be happy to work a trade with you but I'm about 6 hours away SW of Raleigh.

    There are a few millers in VA that might be able to assist. The Forestry Forum would be a good place to enquire.
  25. The shrinkage percentage of most cedar species is...

    The shrinkage percentage of most cedar species is relatively low. For example, Northern White Cedar moves approximately .0023 per inch per 1% change in MC%. Two thousands's of an inch of movement...
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