|Forum topic by RusticElements||posted 2044 days ago||804 views||1 time favorited||7 replies|
2044 days ago
Hey guys, I had a great stroke of luck here and managed to score a good chunk of a rather large maple tree. But I need some advise as to how to best dry it.
The neighbor had to cut down the tree because of ant damage. So, yes there is a lot of ant damage but the majority of this wood is great! When I got there the tree guys had already cut the majority of it down, bucked it up and loaded it on their truck. They had just fallen a ~9’ piece leaving about 2’ stump, which they cut separately. I got them to leave those parts intact.
So… out comes my 16” chain saw (to cut a ~20” tree) with the Beam Machine I purchased recently and 9 hours, 1 gallon of gas (that alone is enough to break a guy these days), 2 chainsaw files and 1 sharpening stone later, and here’s my haul. As you can see the wood is partly spaulted (sp?) and the grain is all over the place from multiple large branches in this section. This is my first time using the Beam Machine so some of the cuts are a little wonky but…:
This piece is ~5+” thick, ~10” wide and ~4.5’ long. I thought I could cut the thickness in half, straighten out the concave side, book match the two pieces and it would make a great coffee table.
These 2 main pieces are ~5+” thick, 9’ long and ~12+” wide. I’ll not likely get much in the way of long pieces out of these due to ant damage but still…
This is 1/4 of the 2’ base section. It had a large branch coming off the side which makes a beautiful grain. Unfortunately, that branch was already bucked and on the truck.
Here’s why I need you guys’ help FAST! This surface checking happened within hours of cutting the wood. How do you stop this?
I managed to dry some ~16” pieces of apple wood a couple years back by clamping it in a stack and leaving it on the top shelf of my shop for a few months. That seemed to work out OK, but this is different. This stuff is big and has weird grains to deal with.
My thought so far is to remove the bark to allow more even drying, stack it in a sunny spot in the yard (still have to clear this part with the Mrs.), clamp the stack with lumber and screws (to keep it straight) and cover it with a brown tarp to promote heat from the sun. There would be a small vent near the top to expel moisture.
I know there are several in this group that have done this before. Advice?...
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