Drying a Log for a Project

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Forum topic by AJchris posted 01-17-2011 09:08 AM 1186 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 09:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wing chun dummy log drying project cherry lathe drill press router chisel tablesaw sander turning shaping traditional question

What is the best way to dry a Log ? I am about to go and get a cherry Log that I am using for a project. It is green lumber and I was thinking of the best way to do about it. It will be drilled through and the holes squared off. I am thinking after I do that to Band it with straps and hoping it doesn’t split at the mortise. Any advice as to how to dry a log and if banding the log with strapping would keep it from spliting. I plan on making a Wing Chun Dummy with the plans I found free on the internet. Any thoughts, ideas or resources.

-- Andrew "Yes I can" from NC

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 10:10 AM

Seal the ends with Anchorseal, wax or a couple coats of latex paint and pray. The sooner after cutting, the better.

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

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 09:21 PM

Thank You for the advice. I appreciate it.

-- Andrew "Yes I can" from NC

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 06:51 PM

I would recommend keeping it in a cool if not cold environment, away from breeze and light but open to very light ventilation. It will take a long time to dry. The faster you try to dry it, the more chances you take on cracking. It will no doubt crack, but I am assuming you are looking to minimize that and not expecting to have it dry without cracks. Spray it with a borate solution to repel bugs and give it time, and good luck.

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