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    Hi all. My primary residence is in NSW just outside Canberra, approximately 4 or 5 times a year I am up in Coffs harbour area Northern NSW which is more humidity and more tropical than Canberra at least.

    Up Coffs harbour way I have a diverse source of timber from ironbark, tallowood, Red bloodwood, camphor etc.

    Ill be heading up there with a moisture meter to get a baseline reading whilst up there but I do plan to bring a bit back rough cut to stack and air dry for a while before using it.

    What I want to know is if I stack the timber on the exterior wall of my shed at home if I built a cantilevered stack of shelves, is it that bad if it was under cover but occasionally It was rained on? What are the most harmful things to stacked timber that would contribute to significant warp,cracking, shrinkage etc?

    I plan on having them evenly stacked for airflow. Was thinking I could put up a shade cloth to cut out some of the sun on top of the fact its stacked up close to the eaves of the shed roof.

    I dont want to have it stacked inside as I have in the past it just became a hot box in summer and caused the timber to react to much.

    Is there a way to know when the moisture % is appropriate for the climate its in to begin working with or is it different between species?

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    Stacking against a wall is going to cause uneven air flow and you will probably find the timber dries quite unevenly. Canberra climate is not ideal for air drying. You will need to take precautions to overcome the extremes in climate. Particularly dry, hot winds. A bit of rain hitting the sides of stickered stacks is not an issue, provided the top is watertight. A hay shed would make life easy. Otherwise foil backed insulation and roofing iron tied down to bottom gluts would be your best bet.

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    Interesting thank you.

    I did come across a local timber mil so I'd be interested in asking how dry their stock is. If I could avoid this entire process by having to pay a bit more and especially if they can DAR it for me id be interested

    Could save a lot of hassle for me



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    Which mill is it Delbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    Which mill is it Delbs?
    Mid western Burl and Timber. Know of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delbs View Post
    Mid western Burl and Timber. Know of them?

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    Never!

    We absolutely need a thing on the forum with a list of vendors and woodworker-friendly mills

    I found their info on Gumtree of all places https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/murrumbateman/building-materials/milled-timber/1256888921

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    Ah yes thanks for the source I just had saved the screenshot and forgot where I saved it from.

    Going to email about some bench stock pricing

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    Quick question around timber pricing related to this thread.

    Given the dimensions of approx 300mm wide and 50-60mm thick does $50-60 per LM sound like a bargain or appropriately priced for Ironbark, tallowood,greygum, Bloodwood small slabs?

    Most are 2m in length but some variation

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    Quote Originally Posted by delbs View Post
    Quick question around timber pricing related to this thread.

    Given the dimensions of approx 300mm wide and 50-60mm thick does $50-60 per LM sound like a bargain or appropriately priced for Ironbark, tallowood,greygum, Bloodwood small slabs?

    Most are 2m in length but some variation

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    At around $4000m3 or $10 a. super foot in my estimation
    Pics possible?
    They will determine whether or not you are looking at a bargain buy
    Cheers Mr Fiddleback

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    Apologies I forgot to get back to this post. I've just grabbed some of the samples to dress back home. It's already checking on the ends as Canberra regions significant humidity difference .

    I don't have any but should pick up some latex paint to cover the ends.

    I have three logs, one Ironbark and two tallowood that I'll work on cutting at the mill once I'm back up there in a few months.

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    Those cracks look deep and aged as well
    Do they travel far along the boards?
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    Yeah this lot have been left outside at the site they were cut from. They don't go along the length at all they're short in length. The integrity of the board's still intact they're very heavy and sound pieces. I'm going to cut these to size to use in my bench build.

    The pieces that are stacked and air drying under cover have latex paint on the ends and seem to be drying very nicely. These boards didn't follow that same process

    Not the best representation of the material so hard to put a value on them but I picked these up cheap.


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    Make the bench, then fill all the gaps with epoxy. Trendy!

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    Yep that's what some of the pieces are set aside for for sure. The pieces one the bench will come up lovely with some tongue and boiled linseed oil mixture


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    Quote Originally Posted by delbs View Post
    Yeah this lot have been left outside at the site they were cut from. They don't go along the length at all they're short in length. The integrity of the board's still intact they're very heavy and sound pieces. I'm going to cut these to size to use in my bench build.

    The pieces that are stacked and air drying under cover have latex paint on the ends and seem to be drying very nicely. These boards didn't follow that same process

    Not the best representation of the material so hard to put a value on them but I picked these up cheap.


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    The end grain shows nice colour
    Sure you'll find a myriad of good uses for it too
    I totally love the many Hardwoods in this country...great range!
    Enjoy
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