Timing of milling a black cherry tree.

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Blog entry by JebStuart posted 03-28-2016 12:45 AM 1077 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in central Virginia and dropped a couple black cherry trees recently and was wondering how long I have before I should mill them into boards and set them up for drying. Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.

-- --Jeb, Virginia,

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 01:29 AM

I would seal the cut ends of those logs with 3 coats of Anchorseal and store them off the ground if you don’t plan to cut them into lumber soon. Plan your cuts around the pith as my cherry always wants to split in the pith area when drying.

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 11:08 PM

Yeah, I think you want to mill them ASAP, and no matter what seal the ends and let ‘em dry. Otherwise the axial stresses of the whole log drying may cause more splitting and checking.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 11:27 PM

Thanks for your input on this gfadvm and Dan. We’ll see how it goes.

-- --Jeb, Virginia,

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 12:12 AM

Howdy JebStuart,

I recently found that I have a nice Texas Escarpment Black Cherry tree on my property. I’m curious how you made out with your project. My tree is about 12-14” at chest height with a huge burl at the base.

Anyone else is free to comment as well.

Warm regards,

-- Don, Wimberley Texas, GnuBee Woodturner/Woodworker

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