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Green walnut stock blank

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 682b, May 4, 2013.

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  1. 682b

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    I have taken a gamble and purchased a stock blank that is freshly milled. The ends are waxed but I don't know how or where to air dry it. I would like to put it on stickers and let it sit in my office for several years turning it regularly. In the back of my mind I am scared of it improperly drying and spliting. Any advise would be appreciated Jim

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  2. Straight50

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    I don't know how to properly dry stock wood, but I can tell you that sure is a nice looking piece of wood! Somebody will be along shortly with this knowledge, I am sure.
     
  3. Guy

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    Other than kiln drying, it's more a matter of where you live. A blank can air dry in Las Vegas in about 18 mo......moisture content needs to be around 8-10%......so if the humidity where you live rarely goes below 20%, well, go figure. With waxed ends, and they are waxed to slow the escape of moisture and reduce the chance of cracks, I'd say keep it in your office for a year or two, then put it in the attic for awhile.....or send it to a friend in Las Vegas.
     
  4. g7777777

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    Put it in the attic-- that is about the perfect place to dry wood- give it a couple of years and check the moisture level then

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  5. 682b

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    I live in central Virginia, It gets very humid and hot. Not as humid as locations to the south but just as hot. What will that(humidity) do to the drying process besides extend it? Jim
     
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    Double bag it in the old style paper shopping grocery bags and seal it with tape. Then either put it in your attic or if you have a water heater in a closet or closed in area in your house put it close to that. Heat is your friend but not extreme heat. It should dry in less than 18 months in the paper bags.
     
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    I dont know for sure,but if your running a goldenrod in your safe,maybe thats a place??
    Ive put refinished wood [truoil] in there during the humid months,and it`ll cure by the next day.
     
  8. ysr_racer

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    How do you know what the moisture content of a piece of wood is?
     
  9. 682b

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    ysr_racer, I have used a cheep digital moisture meter in the past. It has worked good but I always have my doubts. I always doubt my digital mail scale It must just be me. The only one I don't have doubts about is a single beam powder scale measuring grams.Jim
     
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    Jim

    Ideal case is to sticker them( on long skinny side) on thin strips of wood or plastic so you can have air movement all around them. No overly hot or cold attics or damp basements. Every few months flip them over onto opposite long skinny side.

    Good luck

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  11. Johnny

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    Lots of dispute on drying times. I have been told to wait 3 yrs. Thickness makes a difference. I am working a blank now that I let set in a humidity controlled basement for 5yrs. Supposed to keep it out of the sunlight also.

    Besides time to dry it also needs a year to stabilize.



    Do a search, lots of info.
     
  12. grntitan

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    I don't know if I'd put a paper sacked anything real close to my water heater. Of course I have a gas water heater and like my house not charcoaled.

    Just Say'n.......
     
  13. Beretta Young Gun

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    Check this out. BYG

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  14. cubancigar2000

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    Mike Mann knows this answer, send him a PM. He is MR M
     
  15. 682b

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    Any one else.
     
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