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Forum topic by Sumdume posted 04-22-2012 03:27 PM 3081 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2012 03:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine router milling question

I picked up a couple of pieces of pine (slash pine I think) yesterday. I want to use it to make some router bowls and platters. The wood was cut yesterday so there is a lot of sap oozing out.

One piece is 10-12 inches across and about 48 inches long. The other is the same diameter and only 18 inches long.

I understand that wood dries at about 1 inch per year and I do not want to wait 6 years to use the wood. Should I mill the pieces or can I work the wood green? Other than the issue with sap, what issues will I have to contend with if I work the wood green?

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 07:10 PM

This post just down from yours explains a lot regarding drying time
Major thing is just seal the ends to prevent cracking. I used canning wax from the grocery store in a double boiler to seal the ends of mine.

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 08:31 PM

Thanks Rev. Russ. It sounds like I should mill the logs to smaller pieces so they will dry faster.

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 09:21 PM

I’m not a turner, but I believe many of them will rough cut green wood then let it dry before finishing the piece.

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