Brown-Weeks Deck, Leyden, MA
Black Locust decking material should
be air-dried at least six months prior to installation. Due to its
propensity to "move" when first milled, fresh cut wood needs to "relax"
into its stress-free environment. Decking material should be six
inches in width or less. Planing greatly beautifies the natural grain
and color of the wood. A wood preservative may help "feed" the wood.
I have observed surface checking on newly planed Black Locust exposed
to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.