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Forum topic by RPhilly215 posted 02-17-2018 03:41 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2018 03:41 PM

Hey so I’m fairly new to all of this and have been experimenting and sort of teaching myself. I recently came across a cut down tree with pretty big stumps so I grabbed one, brought it home and immediately started chiseling the bark off. Well obviously I didn’t let it dry out and now I’m wondering if I should stop and just leave it to dry or continue taking the bark off since I already started and let it dry out after. I was also reading some articles about putting it in the oven to speed up the drying process? Can anyone help me out with some input on what I should do? Also, there are a few squiggly lines behind the bark so now I’m wondering about bugs and larvae? My thoughts were to make a seat for my 7 month daughter. Something she can have and hold onto for her whole life.

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 04:08 PM

That looks like a soft wood and it should dry rather quickly. Depending on how you are going to design the seat, you may not need for it to dry before you proceed; Just don’t put a finish on it for a year or so. Just take all the bark off and go from there. The wiggly stuff is on the outside so, if there aren’t any holes in the wood, you should be just fine. Good luck.


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#2 posted 02-17-2018 04:41 PM

It will dry out a little faster with the bark off, though the bark will release more easily after it dries for a while. The bugs under the bark aren’t a big deal, and probably already left. It is hard to tell what sort of wood it is but a large fork like that is not real common on softwoods which makes me think it is a hardwood. Be aware that as it dries out, it will develop some cracks in the ends, some of which could be significant if the wood is still pretty wet. Personally, I would probably do some rough shaping to get it close to what I want to do and then let it sit for a while. A log that size may take a couple of years to fully dry, though for a rough piece like this, it doesn’t have to be completely dry. You really want it to dry as slowly as possible to keep the cracks to a minimum. You can try painting the end grain to help slow down the drying process, if that is a concern. Once it is dry, you can scrap the paint off, finish shaping and fill any cracks with epoxy before applying a finishing to it.

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