Rescued Wood #7: Yellowwood Slabbed and Stickered for Drying

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 01-08-2010 10:36 AM 2513 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Do you remember this picture from Rescued Wood #4 ?

Well, I’ve slabbed it and stacked it for drying.


I cut the boards 30mm thick so that I can have wide boards a good 1” available after final milling. This post is about my stacking method, but I can’t resist showing off some of the beauty exposed by the milling.

First Cut


Tornado Flame grain

To give you a good size reference

After slabbing the whole lot, I put them back together in sequence (including one of the partial-round offcuts) and mark them with a triangle and a board number. I also record the fell date, slab date and species on the painted ends.

Then I stack them in sequence with 3/4” stickers for air flow. In this case, my stickers are skinny parquet blockettes destined for the dump.

I place one of the partial-round offcuts on top and then bind the whole log together with ratchet straps.

Strapping them together like this ensures good stability while drying – any tendency to warp is counteracted by the rest of the log.

Marking and stacking like this makes it very easy to find book matched pairs long after the wood is dried and stacked on lumber racks.

I have 10 boards, 8 of which are wider than 30cm (24”) at the narrow end.
I goofed on the measurements – All of boards are wider than 30cm (which is 12” not 24”) , and 8 of them are wider than 45 cm (18”)

I’ve slabbed many logs, but I am still amazed at the beauty that I find inside the log every time I lift off the first cut.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 03:18 PM

Man, I like that shot of the cut log stickered and bound.
Thx for sharing.

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David Craig

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 03:21 PM

Very well documented post on your process, thank you for your time and trouble. Some very good info for anyone who would like to know how to mill their own lumber. Looks like you will have some beautiful wood to work with.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 04:20 PM

these are a beauty. will make for some great furniture

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 05:41 PM

great idea, using the strap clamps, should work as well if not better than weights.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 08:04 PM

I can’t wait to see what you do with that ‘pot of gold’

-- When you know better you do better.

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