ive just found a plank of wood in the garden that seems to have been out there a while. its a bit soggy on the surface but not right through as ive sewn into it to check. id like to dry this out and sand it and treat it to be used as my new fire surround. how can i dry it out quickly? it is salvageable? its a little green on the surface but i imagine i can sand it off?
First off, you want to use this for a fireplace surround. Are you planning to paint the surround, or do you want a furniture grade surround? As for using a piece of wood that has been in contact with the ground, it is probably too damaged to use effectively, and certainly it would take a long time to dry it unless you have a kiln. My suggestion is to purchase new lumber from a lumber supply store.