|Forum topic by shawnve||posted 09-21-2015 01:37 AM||669 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-21-2015 01:37 AM
First off, hello I am new here and to woodworking…previous experience primarily with construction grade lumber. Have decent collection of power tools (and hand tools (several saws, hand plane, draw knife, chisels, etc.)
Moved to a new house (for me) last March with an acre and this weekend I finished up a project to convert a large pond into a smaller one and a fire pit…now I need a couple of nice rustic log benches. I have a decent size downed maple tree (about 12in diameter) which probably fell a year (or two) ago. My cheap moisture meter says 23% on end I cut yesterday and 30% on other end that was exposed to elements…also live in Seattle area so this time of year equilibrium moisture content would be 15-16% this time of year…
Have the basic process to build the benches but not entirely sure what I need to do to cure/finish once constructed (or if I need to wait for additional drying before I even start this project)?
Also have question of bark on or off…guessing will get a bit more life of out of the bench if I strip the bark though do like the look of keeping the bark on…any idea of the options/trade offs here?
Thanks…and sorry for the newb questions :)