Bark on Green Lumber ?

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Forum topic by gene posted 1406 days ago 2636 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1406 days ago

Does anyone know how to keep bark from coming off of green lumber as it air drys?
I have some green sawmill slab lumber cut offs that I want to make into
rustic picture frames. I want the bark to stay attached. What kind of treatment, if any ?
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#1 posted 1406 days ago

I’m not certain about green lumber. Sometimes I get dry lumber with the bark still on. I, effectively, saturate it with CA glue (thin). Of course, this is only practical on small pieces since CA glue is pricy.

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

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#2 posted 1406 days ago

It depends a lot on species. Some just wants to stick (even if you don’t want it to), others want to fall off (even if you don’t want it to). Maple stays on for example, walnut falls off. What are you working with ?


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#3 posted 1406 days ago

One word of caution about leaving bark on the wood. Wood boring beetles tend to thrive around the bark. You might want to treat the wood with a product such as Timbor when working with wood that will have the bark on it.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 1406 days ago

Daren It is walnut. But I may be working with red oak, maple, and yellow pine.
I can get about any species that I want for free. I have a friend that owns a saw mill.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 1406 days ago

Bark will stay on if the tree is cut down in winter when the sap is down.
I don’t know of a way to keep in on if it is cut in warmer weather.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 1405 days ago

What Emmett said. The bark will not shrink at the same drastic rate as the sapwood on the other side of a live cambium layer if cut in the summer.

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#7 posted 1405 days ago

What God made…..........bark…..........will fall off when it wants to …...........otherwise


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 1405 days ago

As was said, it all depends on the time of year it was cut. This is how turners get those nice live edge bowls done without the bark flying off.


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#9 posted 1404 days ago

Thanks a bunch. Makes sense.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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