I am interested in making red cedar furniture. I have acres and acres of cedar in all sizes and shapes. I have the time, tools and desire. What I don't know about is the drying of this material. Is air drying acceptable for cedar. Since it is rustic furniture then wouldn't a few cracks and or splits be fine. I was told that air drying in my area would get it down to around 12 to 15% in six months. What can I expect if I use air dried cedar. Would I be wasting my time by moving forward with this?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor A:
The plan is a good one. The cedar dries fine if you just cross stack the logs. Bugs will get in and loosen the bark. If you do not remove the bark the same day you fell the log it will get stuck on. ERC does not check bad and pretty stable.