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Forum topic by volpeveneers posted 10-16-2011 07:51 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2011 07:51 PM

On a whim I cut into a long dead on the ground cherry tree with my chain saw and was quite surprised that the ‘pink’ portion of the log was intact. The tree was so far gone the bark was removed by just a slight kick. Underneath the bark were grubs and blackened remains of any sapwood. I culled two sections, one at 60” and another at 40”. I then split the length with the chain saw and the wood was solid pink and no hint of punky areas.

I was hoping to slab it further into 10/4 pieces and set it to dry. Has anyone experienced this? Would the wood have any ‘bad’ traits after it’s dry in a few years? My specific plans for this wood is to make legs for a free standing cabinet in the Krenov style.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 04:21 AM

That sounds just like the cherry log I made my Arkansas Cherry coffee table from plus mine was full of carpenter ants. Really had no problems with the wood after drying in in my shop attic for only a few months.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 04:24 AM

that rocks.. I think I’m going to plant a cherry tree today :)

-- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember, from time-to-time, that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -Wilde

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 04:42 AM

You should have no problems with it as long as you remove all the “bad” wood. I have seen trees 20 years dead and the inside still sound and beautiful!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 12:45 PM

Yeah, you won’t have any issue. I have wood on the timber floor that is still good. Some varieties of white oak may be on the floor for 25 years and will still be good.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 02:07 PM

Cherry is reasonably resistant to rot compared to other woods. As long as it isn’t wet, it usually doesn’t rot. However, watch out for Powder Post Beetles and other insect infestations as they will set up shop in a hurry. Maple, in my experience, is the least stable of downed wood because of mold.

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#6 posted 10-19-2011 02:18 PM

I have not had powderpost beetles infest cherry heartwood. However, they will infest the sapwood.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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