destroying maple: edit

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Project by JuniorJoiner posted 04-21-2009 02:37 AM 3577 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had hope for this pile of maple 3×12s. But these hopes were squashed today when i took the tarp off. after 2 years of drying, most of it is split and unusable. only six 8ft planks made it.

So , my project this week would make most here want to cry, i am cutting and splitting for firewood to give away.
I do have my eye out to try and save the quilted pieces as i find them, but i will probably miss most.

The back story of this maple is that it came down in a spring storm, so it was at it’s wettest when I cut it.
I put about 3000bf in the boat shed, and had to pile(this pile)outside about another 1000bf under tarp.
what i think happened, is that because this pile was outside, it lost water too fast which caused the huge loss due to splitting. the wood in the boat shed it losing moisture much more slowly, though it will probably take a few more years to dry.

the only thing this maple could be used for now is practicing wood turning, though it’s a rare turner who would pay for wood.

April 30th. update, i wanted to share that this wasn’t an entire loss. attaching pictures of some of the gems found while cutting this pile for firewood. smaller pieces but great figure. i think i will save them for cutting veneers when i go to school at inside passage school this fall.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 03:04 AM

Ouch! Junior! Two years and you didn’t get what you expected! That really sucks. But there are many people out there (including myself) who would LOVE to get their mitts, and tools, on wood like that. There are thousands of small projects in that pile there.
Put up a posting somewhere for woodworkers to see… Hmm – I’m not sure where woodworkers would hang out. I’m sure that someone will take it off your hands and put it to good use!

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 03:18 AM

Was it in the shade? What a bummer.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 03:31 AM

Painting the ends of the logs and/or boards would help a bunch. By sealing the ends of the boards, it alleviates the checking because the moisture escapes the end grain faster than the side grain therefore making it dryer on the ends which makes it crack. I know, ” Now he tells me”.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 03:55 AM

That Sucks…....Love the saw horse.. LMAO.

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 03:57 AM

Can you cut 1X3’s and glue it up with the good stuff? If nothing else you have about 2,000,000,000 pen blanks there.

-- I like to turn

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 05:01 AM

You’re a little too far away from San Antonio, or I’d swing by with the truck and a 12 pack and we could work an exchange…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 05:27 AM

Seems like you should be able to slavage a lot of good wood for small projects by the looks of the pictures.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-21-2009 05:55 AM

Yup , always seal the ends ! I’ve had good luck using left over waterbased paint on the ends. Sorry for your loss : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 04-21-2009 07:09 AM

looks like you could you strip saw and mill it for a bench top.

-- chebeaguewoodbutcher

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#10 posted 04-21-2009 08:30 AM

The original plan for this wood had been to make a few workbenches for sale. I guess it could still be done but now they would be butcherblock style.
The wood had been stored in the shade. I had success with the exact same drying method, species , and spot, just the year before, guess i was lucky the first time.

Glad someone got a laugh from my camouflage saw horse.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#11 posted 04-21-2009 02:58 PM

I wouldn’t cut it up into firewood. Even if you don’t want to take the time to cut up the “bad” pieces for yourself, post this over at the forum thread “Trade or Swap” here on LJ and I bet you’d get some one interested in the stuff. Or even your local craigslist. There’s LOTS of good wood in there still! Don’t give up!

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#12 posted 04-21-2009 04:44 PM

A lot of wood is air dried ,but you have to take all measures possible for good results ,such as seal the ends ,allow for good air flow with stickers and cover just the top with metal or plywood with weight to help minimise cupping, also the sun should not be in constant contact with your wood. All said and done even with
all measures taken properly sometimes you still don’t get good results

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#13 posted 04-23-2009 07:32 AM

what a shame, hopefully someone can use it.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#14 posted 04-26-2009 05:40 AM

that’s unfortunate. from what i’ve read, you’re not supposed to ever put a tarp on drying wood….. perhaps trapped moisture inside contributed to that?

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#15 posted 04-30-2009 04:27 AM

Yeah tarps are bad. minimizes air flow and traps moisture. But im sure there are alot of small project pieces in there!

-- I like trees ...... as long as their by the board foot.

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