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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 05-16-2010 08:16 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2010 08:16 PM

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I recently got 5 walnut logs, longest is 5 ft. I have Anchorseal for the ends but have been thinking. If I keep the logs with sealed ends, do I leave the bark on or should some of the bark be removed to allow for faster drying? As I am not the patient type, I really don’t want to wait months for the wood to dry. Would it be kosher to have the logs cut into boards, stack them inside and let them dry that way? Build a small kiln using plans found on LJ? Or have the sawmill kiln dry them, if they have the capability? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 08:56 PM

If you are going to saw them saw them now amd aor dry the boards or build a solar kiln. Or if your mill will let you put it in thier kiln, do that. If you are making turning pieces, cut them to length now and seal the ends and pull the bark off.

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 08:56 PM

The best thing for a log is to mill it asap if you eventually want lumber. It is not going to dry in log form (well for years anyway) I have ~2 year old walnut logs (not great ones, anything I was in a hurry to mill) in my sawmill lot that still sprouted baby limbs this spring, yes after being cut down almost 2 years ago…if that tells you anything about how fast they will dry whole, heck they think they are still alive. Leave the bark on and find a sawmill. Depending on where you live if you cut them pretty soon 4/4 walnut will be fully air dry by the end of summer. Or do the kiln thing if you are in a hurry, either let the mill dry it if they can or build your own.

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 10:26 PM

Thanks for the help.

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 06:54 PM

I had some black walnut logs laying around I was lazy with; when I finally got around to milling them (about two years) the bark was full of biting red ants and the sapwood had holes all thru it. The heartwood was just fine. So now I try to get them sliced up and get the bark off as I do, then get them under cover to air dry.

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