After being out of power for 30 some hours and bailing over 300 gallons of water from my sump pump well, I did get an unexpected surprise yesterday from Irene. I went to the county dump to dispose of most of our spoiled food and saw the sign for wood dumping area ahead. I drove over there and met several nice folks in my county here in MD who were disposing of trees that Irene took down.
I’ve wanted to start resawing wood, even recently buying a riser kit and some new band saw blades for my Delta 14” band saw, so here was my opportunity. I left with a bunch of maple, what I think is poplar and two other species I have no idea what they are. Picture #1 is the maple, I’m pretty sure about that. #2 is what I believe is Poplar. I need help on picture #3…it is pretty dense wood and there are small dark stains in the very center of each log, perhaps some type of oak?? Picture #4 wood has a thick, almost spongy, soft type of bark with lots of green growths on it. The bark makes a mess since it’s not real hard, and bugs seem to like it. Not as dense as #3 or the maple. Please help ID those last two.
ALSO, being a newbie here, how should I proceed with the logs? I have them stored in a dry outside shed. I have them all stacked like in the maple photo. I won’t be equipped to resaw for a few weeks to a month. Is it OK to leave the wood as is? Should I seal the round ends now while still in logs prior to resawing? Or slice them into boards while green in a few weeks and then seal the ends, sticker and stack?
Please help this newbie with all of my questions!
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!