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    Default Thickness of resawing green Silky Oak

    Hi everyone,
    I have am amount of silky oak that has been fresh milled, I jave the off cuts which are not uniform in length.
    I would lile to resaw it green to about 16mm for box making.
    Can anyone see any issues with resawing it that thin and airdrying it?

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    It will most likely split, it collapses as it dries too. How thick is it? I would leave it at at least 50mm and sticker and strap it down really well at that, tighten the straps every month or two as it drys. Ensure the ends are sealed well and seal the faces and sides of the boards up to an inch or so from the ends. The lictus beatle love the sapwood. Leave it for 18 months covered but ventilated.


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    Thanks Cal, it is about 50mm as it stands.
    Thanks for the advice and guidance

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    General rule of thumb - resaw anything under 25mm after drying.
    If you know you need 16mm, saw to multiples there of plus kerf thicknesses plus shrinkage. Say 16x2=32+3=35+10=45 minimum.
    50mm would be a more sensible thickness as this would allow dressing out some cupping or bowing that could occur during drying.

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    My opinion (after slabbing up plenty of green silky oak) leave it at 2+ inch thicknesses, sticker it carefully, dry it for 18 months outside in a shed, then 6 months inside if you can, then resaw it, then sticker it again and store flat in clamps for 2 or 3 weeks til it stabilizes after re-sawing.

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