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Forum topic by bill1352 posted 08-13-2010 02:42 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2010 02:42 PM

Since I’ve never used a log for anything I thought I’d ask & see what others have found. Logs that are about 6” to 8” across the center, hollowed to some degree & then sealed with poly bark & all. The length of time since cut down might vary from months to years, probably leaning towards months. I know they will shrink some as they dry & maybe crack some, my question is how much. How stable might I expect the final product to be?

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 08:29 AM

I don’t know, but the rounds I have dried have all checked through the pith. So has a block I squared up from a small round that has the pith in it.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 11:32 AM

First of all, paint the ends of the log with something to seal and prevent drying too quickly. It will split for sure if you do not do this. Also, as our friend has already stated, most anything that still has the pith in it will probably at least have some end checks. If you are building something rustic (hence bark included) I doubt any end checks will be much of a problem.

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 01:06 PM

Yep I intend to seal every exposed point & I do expect some checking but I’m hoping it is not much of a problem. I do thank you for your replies.

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