Hurricane Irene wood casualties will be put to good use, Need some wood ID and tips

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Blog entry by jfk4032 posted 08-31-2011 12:00 PM 1778 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being out of power for 30 some hours and bailing over 300 gallons of water from my sump pump well, I did get an unexpected surprise yesterday from Irene. I went to the county dump to dispose of most of our spoiled food and saw the sign for wood dumping area ahead. I drove over there and met several nice folks in my county here in MD who were disposing of trees that Irene took down.

I’ve wanted to start resawing wood, even recently buying a riser kit and some new band saw blades for my Delta 14” band saw, so here was my opportunity. I left with a bunch of maple, what I think is poplar and two other species I have no idea what they are. Picture #1 is the maple, I’m pretty sure about that. #2 is what I believe is Poplar. I need help on picture #3…it is pretty dense wood and there are small dark stains in the very center of each log, perhaps some type of oak?? Picture #4 wood has a thick, almost spongy, soft type of bark with lots of green growths on it. The bark makes a mess since it’s not real hard, and bugs seem to like it. Not as dense as #3 or the maple. Please help ID those last two.

ALSO, being a newbie here, how should I proceed with the logs? I have them stored in a dry outside shed. I have them all stacked like in the maple photo. I won’t be equipped to resaw for a few weeks to a month. Is it OK to leave the wood as is? Should I seal the round ends now while still in logs prior to resawing? Or slice them into boards while green in a few weeks and then seal the ends, sticker and stack?

Please help this newbie with all of my questions!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 03:13 PM

I’m not an expert on resawing but I know you should quickly seal the end grain because that is where it will beginn splitting. The fibres are open and exposed there which results in faster drying and therefore it will crack and split. I recently sealed some cherry with glue and it seems to work but that’s not the best choice. You can buy special sealers.

Check out this instruction to give you some ideas.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 03:37 PM

When I seal up fresh wood that I’m going to be using later I usually use whatever waterproof finish I have handy, usually I have an acrylic on hand it’s done well for me so far.

I’m hesitant to hazard a guess as to what each of those are, normally I like to have some leaves from the tree to go with the bark.

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 04:02 PM

Yep, I would also seal the ends with something. I had a few beautiful logs that I dried out in my shop earlier this year with the intention of resawing at some point, and now they are totally checked and split. I didn’t do anything to them aside from bring them inside.

Number 3 looks Oak-y to me but it is kind of hard to see the grain from there. Gorgeous pieces though! Wow.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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