- Q.I use a lot ofrough-sawn
1x6 T&G pine siding. This often comes from the
mill slightly green. What is the best way to dry and stabilize
white woods so that no irregular coloring occurs from the
A. Allowing the material toair-dry will
certainly help stabilize the white wood. On a tour
of an Oregon mill last summer, I discovered that they were
using mahogany stickers in their drying kiln. Mahogany is
strong, and doesn’t seem to stain the wood. If mahogany
is hard to get, try fence pickets made of recycled
polyethylene. These should do the job without staining, too,
and are readily available at most lumberyards and home centers.
While the wood is drying, keep it sheltered from the sun to
prevent discoloration from uneven exposure to the sunlight.