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Forum topic by Vicki posted 04-05-2018 04:15 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Vicki

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04-05-2018 04:15 PM

I got a bunch of free wood, not sure of species, but I guess spalted maple. It was garage kept a couple of yrs. They were huge pieces and I broke them down so I could manage them. Their moisture content is 9 – 12%. The bark is gone. Most are 12” or less long and 8” or less wide. Should I seal the ends only, seal the whole thing, or just store them. Most will be for spindle orientation work.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD


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LesB

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#1 posted 04-05-2018 04:45 PM

At 9-12% moisture your wood is about as dry as it will get so the time for sealing is long past.
I’m guessing you had a typo when you said they were 12” (inches??), did you mean 12’ feet?

-- Les B, Oregon

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Vicki

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 04:50 PM

Thanks, Less. No, 12” or less long is right. I’m referring to them being 12 inches long by about 8 or 10 inches wide.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 04-05-2018 04:54 PM

I got a bunch of free wood, not sure of species, but I guess spalted maple. It was garage kept a couple of yrs.

The time to seal is as soon after being cut as possible to slow down the drying process out the end grain, so yours are long past being ripe :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Vicki

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#4 posted 04-06-2018 04:04 PM

Thanks Brad. Less work for me and more play time. Yay.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 04-06-2018 04:33 PM



I got a bunch of free wood, not sure of species, but I guess spalted maple. It was garage kept a couple of yrs.

The time to seal is as soon after being cut as possible to slow down the drying process out the end grain, so yours are long past being ripe :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Ditto

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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