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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 09-08-2018 04:47 AM 556 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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09-08-2018 04:47 AM

Field. Trees harvested. Trunks taken. Branches left behind. Walnut, Sycamore, Oak. Owner’s plan is to burn them. My brother and I can take them for free if we do it quick. Chainsaw ready. Today’s the day.

Some of it may be a good 12” in diameter and 6’ long. I realize that’s not much Walnut heartwood, but for small live edge things, that’s great. And, besides, my 17” bandsaw only has a 12” height clearance.

We plan on harvesting:
1) the long pieces for boards, (probably 5/4 to 8/4)
2) the crotches and short fat pieces for turned or sculpted bowls (whatever size) and ladle blanks (2” thick x 12” x 3” blanks)

What I think I understand:
  • Stickering
  • Waxing ends
  • Air flow
  • Bowl blank material needs to have pith cut out from the start.
  • Bowl blanks should be rough shaped when green, put in paper bags with shavings, left alone for a year.

What I don’t:
1) How long do I have before I need to mill these up into boards? Can I wax the ends and let them sit on the concrete (raised) as logs for a month? Or do I really need to mill them up now?
2) How should I store the bowl blanks neatly and without attracting things that buzz and sting? Should I make space in the shed?

If you have any insight to share, I’d greatly appreciate it.

-- Keith | Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithsTestGarage


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wuddoc

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#1 posted 09-08-2018 05:49 AM

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Keith Kelly

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#2 posted 09-08-2018 06:12 AM

To clarify on #1: how long can I let it sit as a log before milling it into rough boards?

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ArtMann

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#3 posted 09-08-2018 01:04 PM

Be advised that large limbs from big trees are under the stress of their own weight while growing and are likely to bow, cup or twist when dried and milled into lumber. I would not try to use this wood for large pieces.

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Keith Kelly

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#4 posted 09-08-2018 03:08 PM



Be advised that large limbs from big trees are under the stress of their own weight while growing and are likely to bow, cup or twist when dried and milled into lumber. I would not try to use this wood for large pieces.

- ArtMann

I’m familiar with reaction wood that you speak of and have experienced it before. Very frustrating to work with.

But, this is free. Not just as in free beer, but as in free good beer.

Still, am I better off to rough saw it now, or can it wait about a month and be fine?

Yes I’m aware that I can’t use this wood for another couple of years, and I’ll finish the milling and surfacing then.

-- Keith | Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithsTestGarage

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TravisH

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#5 posted 09-08-2018 07:42 PM

Month later isn’t going to hurt anything.

Lots of variable come into play about how long you can wait to mill a log but to soon isn’t really ever an issue. The longer you wait the more issues arise. Splitting, bugs, rot, etc… That said I have milled fire wood years later and got use able pieces for turning and small boxes.

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Steve

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#6 posted 09-08-2018 08:34 PM

At the very least, seal the ends and keep the wood off the ground and covered with air flow. You don’t have to mill it all up right now

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Lazyman

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#7 posted 09-08-2018 08:37 PM

It’ll be fine. Seal the ends and store it out of sunlight. The longer you wait the more likely it will be that wood boring beetles will attack it. If I remember correctly, they can do damage in just a few weeks so you may want to consider using some Timbor or even just lightly dust the bark with boric acid. Cut trees are like magnets to wood boring beetles

BTW, I just tried Amorseal 2 for the first time a few weeks ago and I am amazed how well it woks to prevent cracks in logs waiting to be milled. Even logs that had started to crack before I applied it haven’t gotten any worse.

Edit: on the bowl blank question, it is usually best to wait to cut them until you are ready to turn them but if you seal the ends and keep out of the sun they will usually be fine. I usually store mine on end which also helps prevent cracking, especially if stored on concrete.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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