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