|Forum topic by gurnie||posted 01-27-2011 11:06 PM||8627 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
01-27-2011 11:06 PM
So we had a snow storm and of course a bunch of branches from some evergreen trees fall (no idea what type of evergreen). I thought “Perfect! Free wood for a wedding project i had in mind: Escort Card Holders!”
So i went out with my hand saw and sawed off 3 fallen branches that are between 1.5” – 3” in width, a total of about 130-150” long between the three branches.
The idea is to cut about 120-130 1” tall cross section pieces. Then a small ridge will be saw into them (or routed with a dremel router). The escort card will fit into that ridge.
I know it’s probably hard to imagine so here’s some photos
So this wood is green wood and i wanted suggestions on how to dry this. I am seeing my dad this weekend and he is OK with me using his chopsaw to cut this green wood – he knows his blade might get a bit sticky / yucky. We’re going to try to get about 130 of these out of the wood I have.
So how do i dry these bad boys after they are cut? Am i going about it the right way – Do i cut them, and bake the pieces in the kitchen oven, or let them air dry? i’ve heard people doing this by setting their oven at 250F and bakign the pieces to get them to dry. I figure i need to cook any bugs that might be in the wood, but maybe there are issues with baking pieces like this (like what does it do to your oven and can we get sick from it?). Not to mention there’s sap in the wood so i’m not sure how to deal with that. Otherwise i can let the pieces air dry but how long do they need to dry?
thanks for your help. As i progress through the stages i’ll be sure to blog about it in my wedding DIY wood worker blog
Thanks for all of your help