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Tommy

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1415 days ago

I have heard great things and glad to be a new guy on this site! I have a question that I need help with.

I am a beginning wood worker and was given some Cherry Logs about 2 feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter. They’ve been in my yard for about 6-9 months but somewhat exposed to the weather under a staircase.

My questions are: Can I cut and use these for bandsaw boxes? How long should they dry? Should I cut them and THEN let them dry? Where am I in this process guys?

Sincere Thanks for any helpful input!
Tommy

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 1415 days ago

Greetings Tommy, And welcome to Lumberjocks, a place where all your questions will be answered, the projects are outstanding, and the craftsman on here are as good as they get… none better in my opinion…. Now to answer your questions….. Yes… you can cut them on the bandsaw. Being 2+ feet, you might want to build a sled to hold the logs steady and to keep from rolling around…Use a 1/2’’ to 3/4” blade, or bigger. Sounds like they have got a little age on them already, but I’d saw them to the thickness you want, put stickers under each one, and let them acclimate to your shop for a good spell before using them…about 1-3 weeks, or longer.
If they still look a little”green” and wet, let them go longer….just keep them flat, and they should be ready to use once dried….... Hope this helps…. Others will chime in on this and give more answers…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#2 posted 1415 days ago

Rick, Thanks for the quick reply and I am glad to be here! The work on this site is unreal, it’ll take me decades to grow into the volume and detail of information offered here.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#3 posted 1415 days ago

Tommy, One thing about it here….you’ll never run out of something to learn…so much to see and do…so little time. We have some good friendly folks on here that are willing to go that “extra mile” if you need help..just ask.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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richgreer

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#4 posted 1415 days ago

Welcome to LJs.

I will only comment that I do not think your cherry is adequately dried in 6-9 months. Cut them into the boards you want and let them continue to dry. The general rule is 1 year plus 1 year per inch of board thickness. Since they have already had 6-9 months to dry in log form you may be able to get by with a little less time.

OTOH – there are some applications where you may want to work with your wood while somewhat green. Turners like to work with green wood. I would discourage you from attempting a band saw box with wood that is not completely dry (i.e. moisture content of 8% of less).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1415 days ago

I just cut up a cherry trunk I thought was dry. The tree was dead with very few leaves on it. My moisture meter said 12-18% so i didn’t bother to paint the ends of the boards. They checked !! :-(( Seal your ends just to be on the safe side.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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