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wbrent
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Splayed lumber

An Old maple tree mostly blew over in my brothers yard a few years ago. He hired a couple guys to clean it up but they left the multi shooted trunk of the tree. Two of those shoots were 8-10 feet tall. So today I cut them off. Threw one on the mill and cut into into 2”slabs. Not bad splayed maple. So how long does it take to dry compared to healthy maple?  I estimate this tree has been dead for at least five years. 

r.garrison1
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I'd buy a cheap moisture meter; I have a Harbor Freight one that was under $20.00. I don't expect it to be perfect, but for the price, it gives me a good close number.

wbrent
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Oops. I guess my phone doesn’t like the word spalted. anyway. I just figured if the trees been dead for so many years it just needs to dry not season. The moisture meter sounds like a good idea. 

r.garrison1
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In Eastern Oregon, I know a furniture shop that uses standing dead timber almost exclusively. Often, in that dry climate, it's ready to go as soon as they bring it in the shop.

Post Oakie
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The spalting is caused by fungus.  You'd be ok to dry it as you would normal maple.  Good advice on moisture meter.  You'd be surprised how long logs hold their moisture.  Hope you'll post some photos.  Sounds like you've got some interesting slabs.

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