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Forum topic by DHaden posted 11-14-2011 02:37 AM 2144 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2011 02:37 AM

My neighbor cut down a birch tree into logs and has them sitting out to be taken away. My question is are they worth turning into lumber(short) and if so what do I need to do with them, cut into boards, leave them alone in the basement until they dry…? What ?

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 02:48 AM

The only way to tell what they’d be like as lumber is to mill them up.

If they are decent size (18 – 24 inches diameter and 8 feet long or longer and fairly straight) then it might be worth it to take them to a small sawmill to be processed into lumber.

If they’re shorter then you could get something out of them by using a shop bandsaw if you have one that could handle it.

If you’re going to do either, get some endseal and coat the ends of the logs ASAP to minimize checking.

If youi leave them in log form they will take a very long time to dry.

Do a search for air drying lumber to learn more about that process.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#2 posted 11-14-2011 07:24 PM

Slice them up if you plan on using the wood. Logs will split no matter what you do, ruining the option of getting the best wood. It’s a crap shoot on what you will get, sometimes a person needs to take a chance. Cut them into boards or turning blocks, seal the end grain with a sealer available at any woodworking shop, the let them dry. It is by far best to get the boards in a kiln as soon as possible to avoid staining and ensure a useable product.

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 07:55 PM

Please, never store green wood in a basement. You house will have a very high moisture content and become full of mold. Green wood should be stored in a separate covered area. It should also be at least 1 foot off the ground over plastic or a concrete pad. And be sealed on the ends and have stickers.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 09:29 PM

DHaden—If you are a turner, birch bowl blanks can yield some nice surprises …
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Once birch dries, it is very stable, but as mentioned earlier in this thread, take care to make sure it cut, sealed, and stacked properly.


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