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Blog entry by Trev_Batstone posted 10-01-2011 06:01 AM 1447 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While searching the ’Free’ section of Craigslist this afternoon, I found some free cherrywood firewood logs right in my neighborhood, so I immediately jumped in the car and went over and picked up a few logs. I got them stored under one of my work tables in the shop. When they are dry in a year or so, I figure I can probably get 10 or 12 burl clocks out of them. It always pays to check out the ‘free’ section of Craigslist.


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#1 posted 10-01-2011 07:34 AM

Nice score. I might have to keep my eye on the free part of CL.

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 06:50 PM

A word of “Free” advice about cherry wood logs.
Cherry has a lot of moisture and takes longer then most to dry, it also cracks quite a bit during drying,
especially in firewood log length. I’d seal the ends and take the bark off and let dry at least a year before you cut in to blanks then let it dry more before machining.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 05:00 AM

Hello Doug, you were absolutely right about the cherrywood cracking. I cut a couple of blanks a few days ago (about 1” thick or more) and the very next day one of my blanks began cracking as in this photo. I’m now going to take your advice about sealing the ends and removing the bark on my logs Thank you for the tip.. much appreciated!


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