Beginning Self harvested Wood Seasoning #1: I got a tree down now what?

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Blog entry by Henry posted 04-18-2008 12:32 AM 840 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently had a very large 50 year old pine in my yard and had it chopped up into 3 foot sections for handling. I would like to season the wood properly and am not exactly sure how to get started other than coating the ends with an oil based poly urethane or other sealer.

I was able to seal the pieces which range from 4 inches across to nearly 3 feet across using said polyurethane w/in 36 hours. I do have some minor checking at one end of some of the sections

I was wondering should cut off some of the length where the checking has taken place?
Should I use a different sealer?
Should I split into halves?

I have some sections of this 50 year old pine with wonderful rings and I’d like to make a small end table out of it should I cut a disk from it and season that separately?

Should I… should I. I purchased some books and figured this would be as good a time as any to start on a basic project with relatively free wood and it would be a shame to let an old friend of 50 years just rot away.

Thanks for the pointers in advance I really appreciate it.

-- From the Western Piney Woods of Conroe Texas

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 01:11 AM

Unless you plan on using it for turnings, you want to cut it into sizes you plan on using, Otherwise a piece 3 feet across will take 36 years according to the 1 year per inch rule.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 01:26 AM

So if I’d like to make it a table on that big chunk I should cut in to a disk 2 or 3 inches thick?

What I want to do is something that would really show the many rings in the tree so I’ve seen these big tables that I’ve seen costing boo coo bucks.

For the rest I could use my chain saw or have someone with one of those portable cutters come by and saw them up. It would make a great chest or cabinet or lots of other things. I have about 17 sections roughly 3 feet long by 18 to 36 inches.

Anyway the real goal is to show off the age of a rare tree in these parts of the Western Piney woods in Conroe TX. In this area most of the pine trees are about 12 inches across and look like telephone poles. This wonderful specimen was sheltered and when they changed the flow patterns of a creek just rotted the tap off but the wood is this gorgeous blond color

Some of the books that I’ve read seem to show cutting the smaller logs in half the 18 to 24 inch ones and stacking them in a pyramid with sticks in between. Do you treat the side that you cut or just the ends? Material seems just to note the ends and not the middle. And is the oil based polyurethane what should be used or should I get something else and coat it again?

Thank you thank you for all advice.

-- From the Western Piney Woods of Conroe Texas

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