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Forum topic by AudibleVelvet posted 07-15-2016 01:30 PM 330 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AudibleVelvet

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07-15-2016 01:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drying help cherry

Hello all. Someone gave my dad this cherry and I became the steward of it. He had it outside with the bark still on under a small maple tree. Not sure exactly how long ago it was cut, but fairly recent (I think days, not weeks). The smell under the bark was awesome! What is the best thing to do to set up to dry and get usable wood? He wants two of the four as rustic benches. I want to take what I can get for a couple boards. Can I use some old paint to seal the ends? Should I?
Thanks.


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#1 posted 07-15-2016 01:49 PM

A paraffin wax would be better for sealing the ends to reduce cracking. If you’re going to air dry it, plan on 1 year drying time per 1” of thickness before you try to use the wood for any projects.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 01:56 PM

Should I cut it down first or dry as is?

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 02:05 PM

I see you want some of it cut into boards, that I would mill ASAP then stack and sticker it. Are the half logs going to remain close to that shape for the rustic benches?

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 03:38 PM

If you do wax ends ….....Make sure it is a nicer cut then chainsaw

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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