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07-15-2015 04:44 AM

The electric co. cut down my walnut tree I told them to leave it 8’ long. When I got back it was stacked like firewood 24” long. ahhhhhhhhhhh

I guess Im going to seal the ends tomorrow it was cut yesterday. What are my options? I really dont want to saw it up and am not sure what I will even do with it maybe do some carving, knife scales or pistol grips. I just dont want to lose it to rot and see it go to waste.

What can I do with this. Just looking at the ends it is really some beautiful wood, I was pretty upset when I saw wwhat they had done.

Any suggestions?

Thanks Tom


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#1 posted 07-15-2015 10:57 AM

Stack them like firewood with the bark on under a roof-like cover.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 11:17 AM

Have no idea on diameter of those logs, before end sealing might consider slitting larger diameter logs. Goal on splitting large diameter log is removing the pith. Then end seal and store out of the weather off the ground and with gentle air circulation.

JMHO, cutting that wood longer & wider than what will actually need for carving, knife scales, or pistol grips this will speed up the drying process. The Power Company guys actually did you a big favor breaking down logs into 24” lengths!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 11:32 AM

End seal well. The sapwood will get insects, and it that is not OK you will need to spray. If you take the bark off, they will dry faster.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#4 posted 07-15-2015 01:56 PM

If you don’t saw through the pith they will split at some point. You can slow this down by sealing, but wood in the round will almost always split when it does eventually dry.

Or, you could send it to me and I can make salad bowls!

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 05:29 PM

they are on an average about 9” diameter. Ive stacked them like firewood off the ground and sprayed them good with liquid 7 insect killer. I have some roofing tar that I will paint the ends and support a tarp over them so the air flow with be all around then wait.

I appreciate the feedback and am enjoying the website a lot. So much great info. Id prefer to seal the ends with some oilbase paint but Im thinkng a thin coating of tar should be ok, if not Id appreciate a holler. I wont get to it till a day or so, probably tomorrow.

Tom

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#6 posted 07-15-2015 05:35 PM



If you don t saw through the pith they will split at some point. You can slow this down by sealing, but wood in the round will almost always split when it does eventually dry.

Or, you could send it to me and I can make salad bowls!

- yvrdennis

by sawing through the pith do you mean sawing off all of the pith or just through it like slits down the length to the heart wood?

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#7 posted 07-15-2015 05:50 PM

I think I would have asked for 9’ or better lengths. Seems I read in a milling thread somewhere that if you want 8’ lumber, you have to generate 9’ logs. Too bad they didn’t follow instructions, but you will have some nice chunks for turning.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#8 posted 07-15-2015 07:13 PM


by sawing through the pith do you mean sawing off all of the pith or just through it like slits down the length to the heart wood?

- TnTom

In theory cutting a kerf down to the pith from one side would work, but I think the easiest thing is to just saw them in half right down the middle.

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 09:02 AM

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 01:16 PM


The ultimate pith removal system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JCwwCxkROw

Normal way:

http://woodcentral.com/bparticles/log_to_lathe.shtml
That jig is the berries. He didn’t mention whether the wood was dry I think it was. Would it make a big difference? By the time I could make a jig like this my would should be close to dry like this time next summer?

A question about pith. My wood I mentioned is Walnut a dark heart and then a light band about 2-3” about the dark heart. Is the light wood the pith?

Love the links thats a lot

Tom

- Wildwood


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#11 posted 07-16-2015 03:20 PM

Working on sealing the ends. Posted a picture we’ll see if it come out I sprayed it all for insects first with liquid 7 and will cover it today. Haven’t decided to slit the pith which would require unstacking it ahhhhh. I sure appreciate the help Ive gotten from the site members. That jig for sawing the logs was really good. Im sure thinking Id like to make one.

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#12 posted 07-16-2015 03:42 PM

I hate to tell you this but, you have a few branch looking ones on top that probably should go to the bottom of the pile to keep the better wood further away from the ground. Those good sized ones should really be on top of the pile or if you could raise the whole thing up so it is sitting 8”-12” off the ground, you are much better off.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#13 posted 07-16-2015 06:08 PM

If you stack it there next to the woods it will be full of bugs no matter what you do.

Liquid insect killer won’t cut it. You need to use something that’s more persistent, like boric acid, and you need to keep it covered so it doesn’t wash off. Make sure the stuff you use doesn’t stain the wood. Removing the bark helps to prevent bugs too.

Also if that end grain has the sun beating down on it, it’ll crack even if you do paint it.

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#14 posted 07-16-2015 06:18 PM

If you choose to spray the wood, be aware that whatever infiltrates the wood could eventually end up in your lungs. I’ve never seen bugs go beyond the sapwood in walnut.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#15 posted 07-16-2015 06:25 PM

They generally don’t like walnut heartwood if it’s stored reasonably well, but in my experience if they’re in the sapwood some are going to venture into the heartwood too.

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