Drying South American hardwoods

Dr. Gene Wengert provides a resource for information on drying tropical hardwoods. 1998.

by Professor Gene Wengert

I'm trying to find information on kiln drying South American hardwoods for manufacturing purpose. The woods to be dried are: Swietenia Macrophylla (Mahogany), Juglans Neotropica (Walnut) and similar species from 4/4 up to 16/4.

There is a USDA Handbook called Tropical Timbers of the World (now out of print) that has the information you require. What information specifically do you need? Let me know. I can tell you that mahogany is easy to dry and walnut is impossible if thicker than 1 inch.

Professor Gene Wengert is Extension Specialist in Wood Processing at the Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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