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Forum topic by BrianA posted 07-05-2011 06:30 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2011 06:30 PM

I read a bunch of threads about drying wood. I have some fire wood size logs and want to dry them. I read about sealing the ends to try to stop cracking. My understanding is that the ends dry faster than the middle. What about slicing off the outside 2 edges that would make the top and bottom of where I will eventually cut my planks? Would opening up 2 sides of the log help the moisture escape and dry more evenly?


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#1 posted 07-06-2011 05:41 PM

The best thing to do is just seal the ends. The ends are the path of least resistance. Cutting the sides will help the wood dry faster as the thinner the wood the faster it will dry. But you shoud still seal the ends. You can use a product call anchor seal or you can use some old latex paint. I have also heard of people watering down some old wood glue a little and painting that on the ends to seal them. I hoped this helped.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 07:18 PM

I have notice full rounds still cracking when sealed. I have split mine in half to dry. Some of them are 8 or 10 feet long. If I get time I will cut them into planks and sticker them. They may well be dried half logs before I get to it ;-)) I look at where the natural split is starting when I split a log for drying. I am just experimenting. Worst case is I have some fire wood with paint on the ends ;-)

-- 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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#3 posted 07-07-2011 12:16 AM

Green logs should be sawn as soon as possible. Trying to dry them before sawing will just lead to lots of waste.

-- Barbara

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 04:42 AM

If you dry them in your house (provide its heated and cooled) which has low humidity and their boards no thicker than 1.75 inches, they will dry much quicker than outside.

I am drying bunch of Black Gum boards in my house and it only took 3 months in the house to get them to 12% moisture content.

Like everyone said seal the end grain.
Even decking solid color stain will work

If they are full round pieces the center will start checking. In halves they will have less cracking but boards are the best way to have them cut for drying. You will have less cupping and bowing the thicker they are when drying however.

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