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Possibly the dumbest question ever asked on LJs

by Raftermonkey
posted 10-23-2010 12:11 AM


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GMman

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 12:13 AM

it has just been drying out for a year

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docholladay

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 12:23 AM

Personally, I like to use a little salt, pepper, maybe a touch of garlic. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Ha I have always heard that the only dumb question is the one that you don’t ask. It just means that it has been allowed to dry for a period of time for the wood to stabilize.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 12:49 AM

if it were me i would ask the person your buying it from…some folks use a kiln for drying the wood or seasoning it as its also called…air drying is a great way to season the wood, but the use of a kiln in the process is also helpful…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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mvflaim

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 01:02 AM

They probably mean that they applied wax to the end grain so it won’t check and crack while it dries.

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lew

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 01:06 AM

I go to the “dump” where the tree guys haul their felled trees. Look for some nice, fresh stuff (mostly maple or sycamore in this area). Bring it home and cut it into blanks. Rough turn the blanks while they are wet/green. Pack them in the shavings from the turning process, wrap them in newspaper and store them in a paper grocery bag for about a year (mark the bag with the date they were packed). Usually they come out with little or no checking and best of all they’re FREE!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Raftermonkey

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 01:26 AM

Thanks folks. Lew, I too go to the dump with high hopes of scoring some good wood. I haven’t gotten much there, but I did pick up some spalted river birch, and sycamore a few weeks ago.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 03:03 AM

If they cut it in spring you have a spring board !
If cut in fall you have a fallout piece.
If cut in winter you have material for SNO BOARDS
If cut in summer …......
There you have it SEASONED LUMBER. LMAO
By the way. No such thing as a stupid question. Better to ask than Assume !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Cantputjamontoast

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 05:48 AM

You learned sumthin’—-therefore it is not a dumb question.

30 years from now somebody will ask that old man you see in the mirror when you shave every morning what seasoned wood is and you will know the answer.

That’s what makes the world go round.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 06:00 AM

How do you know so much about swallows?

Well, you have to know these things when you’re a King, you know.

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Dark_Lightning

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 06:07 AM

Zeke, that ain’t EVEN close to the dumbest question ever asked here, believe me.

lew, that’s interesting. I’ve seen where people talk about the bag for turnings but never got around to asking what that meant. I’ve always used dry (“seasoned”, I guess) wood for a turning. I don’t have room for paper bags, so I guess I’ll have to stick with the current formula.

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GMman

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#11 posted 10-23-2010 09:20 PM

Sorry for you buddy but you got a bunch of dumb answers, mine and a couple more made sense sorry.
Did not know that some members would go to the trouble of giving you so dumb answers.

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JJohnston

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 09:51 PM

What, GMman indignant again? Can you imagine?

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Raftermonkey

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 12:55 AM

”Sorry for you buddy but you got a bunch of dumb answers, mine and a couple more made sense sorry.
Did not know that some members would go to the trouble of giving you so dumb answers.”

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Aww, its no big deal. I’m pretty open minded and have a good sense of humor. I’ve also been known to cut up and give silly replys on thread or two,(shhh, don’t tell anybody)haha.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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Sawmillnc

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#14 posted 10-29-2010 05:12 AM

Seasoned is dried.. Hope the silver maple turned out well for ya!

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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Raftermonkey

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#15 posted 10-29-2010 12:55 PM

Tom, that is kinda what I was thinking. You know how, after time some woods change color and look more rich? Well I thought this is what they meant by seasoned.
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Kyle,Man it worked out great. I did use it a little too soon, but what can I say, when I cut it open and saw how awesome it is I couldn’t help myself,haha. I also appreciate you filling the box up with that extra piece. I used the big block for a box for my girlfriend. It is Bloodwood and Maple. I do need to sand the Bloodwood down around the edges, where the Maple moved, but thats no big deal. That small block turned out to be the best looking bowl that I have turned on the lathe yet.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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RussInMichigan

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#16 posted 10-29-2010 01:38 PM

The only “dumb” question is the one left unasked. Ask, ask, ask and get answers, answers, answers.

When I started reading woodworking books I quickly realized I had to learn the language, pick up the jargon. In fact I had exactly the same question. In one book the writer talked about roughing the lumber, seasoning it for six months, turning it, seasoning it for six months, rough planing it, stacking it with planed stickers, seasoning it for three more months, turning it, seasoning it for three more months and then machining it into lumber for his purposes. At that point, I had always bought wood ready to use and had never given much thought to how it got from tree to nice handy dandy wood on the shelf.

Then, too, Raftermonkey, when you ask a question, you can bet there are others out there wondering the same thing.

Have a great one,

Russ

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