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Forum topic by keltica posted 06-06-2011 02:38 PM 1905 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 02:38 PM

I’m new to all this, so I hope this is in the right forum!

I have the branches from a cherry tree we chopped down last week, how long do I have to leave them to dry before they are usable?

Having been watched from next door by some young eyes as the above was in progress, and having now convinced himself that I can do anything (I wish!), I have been asked to make a horseshoe wall planter for a neighbour’s little boy’s birthday. I know I’ve seen an easy plan somewhere…… Can anyone help me locate, please.

Thanks for all input

-- keltica, UK

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 04:21 PM

An often quoted “rule of thumb” is one year per inch of thickness.

Limbs are not usually any good for lumber; too much internal stress and will not stay straight.

Depends on what you want to do. I have used limb wood for turning short stuff, like bottle stopper tops.

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 12:44 PM

thanks for the info. The tree had been there for some years and some of the branches were reasonably thick, so there should be enough for me to try my hand at turning bottle stoppers (- great idea! especially as we intend making our own wine in due course). Thanks again for replying.

-- keltica, UK

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