Felled basswood tree; how quickly do I have to mill it?

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Forum topic by TomB19 posted 11-04-2013 02:42 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2013 02:42 PM

My parents had a large tree in their backyard. We are told it is basswood and that seems plausible but I’m not familiar enough with it to identify it with certainty.

The tree was cut and I took the smallest section to my shop and milled it into appropriate sized pieces. I painted the ends and it has been drying in my basement for a few months. I look forward to working it next year.

The thing is, we could just barely lift the smallest piece after I butchered it in half with a chain saw. The tree varies from 24~30” in diameter and the segments are 6~8 feet long. There are two segments on the ground in my parent’s back yard, right now.

I’m in Western Canada. Winter just started here yesterday. I can’t imagine it will dry out when buried in a snow bank.

Will that wood still be OK next year? It’s already been sitting for 3~4 months. Should I paint the ends?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 02:59 PM

Coating the ends with anchor seal or something similar that will keep the ends from drying way faster than the rest of the log would be a good idea. Two other suggestions: Get the log off the ground to prevent rot from starting/continuing, and cover the log with a tarp to keep it from getting sun then rain so it can dry steadily. The sooner it’s cut the better, but these tips will help keep the intact log in good shape until you can get it sawn.

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 03:51 PM

I’ve never milled a tree before so this is a cool adventure. I will do the things you recommend and look forward to having some wood next year.

To be honest, it’s way too much work for me. My bandsaw is too small and it takes a couple of people to lift and hold the pieces.

My parents are getting on in age and I’m hoping this wood can be an emotional link for them in some sort of project. I’ll make them a spice rack for their pills, or something. lol!

Thank you for the help. :)

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