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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 06:08 PM

I cut some long needle pine logs into lumber almost 2 years ago now, and the sap is still soft and oozing from knots. It will do that forever, well until the sap crystallizes into resin, a very long time. It was planked from the log at 3/4” and stickered carefully for over a year before I machined tongue and groove into it for paneling. It was sawed on a band mill so the saw marks will be left, rough dust collector I know, but with a bit of oil finish it will be somewhat cleanable.
+1 on Bill’s comments.
If the logs are hardwood, then sawing them green does save on equipment some if you can deal with the gummy sap. I recently harvested some hedge (osage orange) and was going to turn some things green, but that proved to be tougher than I imagined. I bent a sharp, specially ground parting tool just parting off a turning I’m going to post about. I can’t imagine what this is going to be like when it dries. It’s not a fair comparison because pine and hedge are at opposite ends of the density spectrum, but still a useful illustration.

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