Cedar Tree journey #2: From Log to Lumber

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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 01-17-2011 03:38 AM 6732 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I got the call today, telling me my Cedar wood was ready for pick up …I couldn’t get to the truck fast enough!! I was looking forward to seeing what beautiful wood was hidden within the tree’s bark… Upon arrival, I noticed my trailer loaded and ready for me…Wow, I was surprised how much lumber was produced from the tree… around 300 bd ft not bad for free wood…

The beautiful pinkish tint of the wood was a total eye catcher, and some of the grain patterns were amazing..

I had the sawyer mill the lumber in 4/4 boards 4/4 slabs and also some 8/4 slabs , thinking of future projects…A decorative bar top or table…. Look at this 8/4 slab….can you see a future bar top in the works…

Well it was time to take it home, stack it, sticker it, and wait for it to dry….I have got about 3 months ahead of me before the cedar is ready to be used…. I cant wait….Here are some images of the stock..

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 04:31 AM

Congrats on your new wood!! You want to make sure you seal the ends immediately or it will start to split within a few hours or days. Anchorseal brand is a type of liquid wax. You can also put on a few coats of latex paint on the ends. This is Extremely important to do. It would be a shame to see such nice wood be wasted.

Have fun with it!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 10:19 PM

Nice! I don’t know a lot about cedar but 3 months doesn’t sound like enough time for proper air drying?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 01:06 AM

Cedar has an oil in it, which doesnt require the length of drying time as lets say an oak which could take up to a year to air dry, depending on the thickness of the boards… Within 3-4 months the cedar should be ready to use and the moisture content should be at the proper percentage which depends on weather conditions, and proper air circulation, etc….I am not an expert on cedar, I am just basing this on what the Sawyer explained to me….

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 08:39 AM

i turned a couple cedar bowls and finished them with wipe on poly and it took forever to stop absorbing the poly. I must have put at least 30 coats on one bowl before it was satisfactory. Be sure to do your research on what finishes is/are recommended for cedar.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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