Free Wood & How to Dry It for Woodworking in a Small Shop

Free Wood & How to Dry It for Woodworking in a Small Shop

Free wood is a cornerstone of my business model as I couldn’t be competitive with a 20-50% cost penalty. Plus using what’s available offers lots of diversity and fun experience. It doesn’t cost much more than a little knowledge, planning and patience to dry wood even in a small shop.

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Make a Kiln –
Rough Turning –
Shelving –
Tree to Bowl –
Tree Butchery –

Wood and Moisture Relationships – Oregon State University (pdf download) –

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  1. Keith Marlowe on December 31, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    The slippery slope of woodworking. Today I bought a block plane. Last week I made a laminated bench top from free reclaimed wood. (It took many months from start to finish, mainly cause I would go in fits then nothing for a while) Anywho…Now I "need" kilns, chainsaws, lathes, solar powered drying houses, wood stacked and dated. Sigh.

  2. Thalanox on December 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    You know, after seeing all those wood chips fly around, those videos of people using stuff like sawdust to fuel wood-burning furnaces to keep their shops heated suddenly make sense.

  3. Christian Troy on December 31, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Im scrounging wood and prepping it to dry,

  4. Russ Bowman on December 31, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    What do you think about dogwood, myrtle wood, and chinaberry? I even have some ancient privet good enough for spoons.

  5. lori ocallaghan on December 31, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    That was a great video. I’m new to woodturning. I live in a very wooded area and I’m 58 yrs old, I don’t want to wait years for wood to dry before turning bowls. You make it look very easy and have inspired me to keep learning even though covid keeps slowing up my plans. Looking forward to finding more of your videos. Thanks

  6. Eli F. on December 31, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    I do all of my turnings and drying in a greenhouse, so it is practically a kiln in there all of the time.

  7. stuart bertles on December 31, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Would it work well trying to turn citrus tree wood?

  8. Виктор Евсеев on December 31, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    God bless you, sir! You share on all world! That’s amazing! Thank you so much! We watch your channel from Russia!

  9. Anthony Marker on December 31, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Super helpful. Thanks! Oh, and now I have an idea of how I’m going to use that small unused greenhouse on the side of my property: drying wood!

    Also, thanks for embracing the science and making it accessible to us. Knowledge is our friend. 🙂

  10. Richard Bruce on December 31, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you sir! I had a 160 year old apple blow down in a storm! Planted by the original pioneer on my farm ,30 foot high 2 foot thick , what a monster but what to do? Got a keen guy from far away to take the main big trunk… zoom ,got it, gone! Hell what do I do with the 2 big trunk lengths left behind? You have brought me up to speed Thanks SO much! Now I can cut & store bowl blanks & some for planks to do boxes ..Hell this tree was historic now thanks to you I shall be able to keep its story in useful artefacts! Thank you from far away New Zealand

  11. Shamrackle on December 31, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    You are fascinating, bro! This is a wonderful video! Thanks!

  12. Eli F. on December 31, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Great video, also, what you are calling staws are actually called xylem, what water and nutrients flow upwards through during the process of transpiration. Woodworkers often group xylem and phloem together as "wood fibers", put phloem is what sugar and water flows through up and down the tree to fuel cellular reproduction.

  13. Troy Hansen on December 31, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Great information, Thank you

  14. Vander's Wands on December 31, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing your knowledge 🙂

  15. Tomeka Pompey on December 31, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I made it too few weeks ago. Want to know how ? just look for Woodglut.

  16. 2Langdon on December 31, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Great stuff. Very useful, covering basic info that often gets skipped or left out, but makes a big difference. Thanks.

  17. Richard Houle on December 31, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    great vid man! ur absolutely right about getting wood for free! speaking of u use Osage? can b very beautiful! wish I had sum to make bows with.. gotta make a trip down south Sumday soon!

  18. WAKE UP CALL on December 31, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks mate great stuff
    I have a kind of silly question
    I think I shouldn’t do it but still think it’s possible
    I have "apparently" 2 years dried, 50mm thick beech, with 20 % moisture, which was kept outside for awhile and looks that have more moisture
    i mean originally more,
    So i have some stupid idea to dry few boards with torch,
    Not burning them japanese style, maybe ends
    but evenly, slowly, try to get moisture out, start with bend side first
    So my question is
    Did anyone tried that
    What kind results one has
    Is it even possible

  19. Marky Boy on December 31, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve collected lumber that has been cut down and just left to rot. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I split it into sections using axe/froe, and most of the wood is good for the fire I think. The rest I’ve put in my garage to dry, but haven’t sealed it – I’m guessing that when I check on it in a few months it will likely be cracked/split? A learning experience! Love the video by the way.

  20. darryl espeland on December 31, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    I was surfin the interweb and came across this product, " Pentacryl™ is a wood stabilizer used by woodcarvers, woodturners, builders and furniture makers to keep green wood from cracking, checking and splitting during the drying process." and wanted to know if you’ve tried it and what you think of it.

  21. Paul Green on December 31, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Good video. I think I’m getting a floor lathe for Christmas. I have a lot of hard wood that I have forgotten about under a table. I’m looking forward to making bowls but from one of your other videos I’ll need to start with something a little more simple. Thank you for your Knowledge.

  22. Les Goins on December 31, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Just came across this, and I’ve missed your channel love all of your vid‘s especially like the one I think your dad was part of it— you’re a lucky guy!

  23. Jon Lanier on December 31, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Oh… man… give me curly, birdseye, burl and crotch pieces all day long for turning!!!

  24. Jeffory Newkirk on December 31, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Lots of great information in the video, but it is nearly 1/2 an hour long. Perhaps a somewhat shorter video, and making them into chapters would be a better fit.

  25. walker walker on December 31, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    24:38 loss of turgor pressure too rapidly results in flaccid or wilting…in a tree it is very similar

  26. walker walker on December 31, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    if I am going to turn a bowl..should the wood be parallel to the centers or perpendicular? does that question make sense?

  27. Ellwood Sunnell on December 31, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Very good video! Thanks very much!

  28. Andrew Sauser on December 31, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I source wood the exact same way!

  29. Michael Miller on December 31, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    At my big box stores the pine 4x4s are nearly all the pines. Is it different for construction lumber than woodworking lumber?

  30. fritzmobil on December 31, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Merci beaucoup!

  31. Glen Pickard on December 31, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Can you give a detailed manor for turning the icebox into a kiln? I would really like to make one. Thanks for all your wisdom in wood turning. Am just get started at an old age of 77 but with a young heart. Glen in Lufkin Texas.

  32. CrackerJack on December 31, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    For single pieces the convection oven in the kitchen works great. Usually 3 times 1 hour sessions sorts it out.

  33. Rich Gilberto on December 31, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    You were so excited it made me want to go out and find some trees!

  34. bobbg on December 31, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    What can you make out of a catus or Joshua tree? Hey you said desert.
    Oh petrified table. I wanna watch you try and cut that on a table saw or chuck it up on a lathe. Might make a pretty bowl.
    Dimond cutter sure we can do that. Sand with a dimond sander. No problems.

  35. Todd Harshbarger on December 31, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Luv it luv it luv it! Soooo practical!

  36. Thomas Nelson on December 31, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks so much for all of these videos. I picked up a lathe and your videos have helped me stay safe and make some amazing art! Question – how long should I wait from green wood to rough out a bowl? After I rough it, how should I dry it?

  37. D FENS on December 31, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    desert areas used to be fertile in antiquity. The Nile, for example, ran across Africa.

  38. rootintootin on December 31, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Fantastic channel! Easy to tell you’re a true professional!

  39. BurritoRonin on December 31, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Not gonna lie a 23 year old girl died in a car crash near my home. Knocking down large branches on top of the trees. Been thinking of making a few bowls and vases for the grieving family and friends when ever they visit.

  40. hev lox on December 31, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    wortheffort: get local woods
    me: sounds good
    also wortheffort: you might be 3-4 hours from home.
    me: i thought we were staying local; like in walking distance…
    city local vs country local, two completely different sets of measurements.

  41. Benjamin Gerow on December 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for making this guide!

  42. HollywoodCreeper on December 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    You need to make your price final price reflect the cost of that wood at a lumber yard.

  43. Jo on December 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    You are so right I live in San Antonio, Texas and this is the 7th largest city in America and boom tons of trees fall all the time all you need is a small truck or small trailer and put a harbor freight truck crane a small one of course and the harbor freight pull system which looks like a rubber mat with a roller and put that on your trailer and you can grab them all over town, people want them off their yard and the city will only pick them up once a year but they fall down every time the wind blows so keep your eye on Craigslist and just drive around and get off the truck and ask hey you want all that wood? I get free wood all the time and dry it in the back yard or make a barn like i built!

  44. jimmy may on December 31, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    dude, you should be a motivational speaker. no excuses not to indulge our hobby …. great job

  45. Ethan Mcginnis on December 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    This is such a good video

  46. walker walker on December 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    12:56 turgor pressure…13:16 turgidity …use the terms it makes people look them up.

  47. James Campbell on December 31, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing

  48. Michael Shick on December 31, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Question; I had a storm blow though 3 weeks ago. Lost my sugar maple in the front yard. So cut up the trunk and painted the ends with wall sealant bathroom remodel. But I don’t know if I should remove the bark. ? Please advise

  49. Rafael Ramos on December 31, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks your videos are great great tips to use

  50. walker walker on December 31, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    3:50 what’s wrong with Alabama?