WOOD Magazine Staff
A friend cut down two cherry trees, and I agreed to haul them away in exchange for the lumber. How long do I need to air-dry the wood before I can use it for furnituremaking?
—Travis Woods, Mount Vernon, Va.
In general, Travis, air-drying green lumber reduces boards’ moisture content (the ratio of the weight of the water in the wood to the weight of dry wood) to about 15-20 percent. This can take anywhere from six weeks to years, depending on the species, thickness, and local conditions.