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Forum topic by EPJartisan posted 10-02-2012 10:35 PM 2252 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2012 10:35 PM

Been four days of little to no motivation on the art front.. so I decided to take the time to build a new log drying rack. Earlier this spring I got 6 logs of Poplar and 5 of Elm.. had the assistant wax the ends and stack them. One Monday morning after a warm weekend.. I came into the studio to find tiny mushrooms on everything… the logs, my clay, the rugs nearby… after a few days work.. it was all cleaned up, but I know I had to move the logs into an area with more free flowing air. I stacked them in an open location, but they were hard to turn and the whole pile became a hotel for spiders. when the logs on the bottom needed to be turned… I went whole hog and built this drying rack in about 5 hours. Now I have Mulberry drying on the top, Poplar on it’s own shelf, Elm below that and finally Ash and Maple. Also gave me a place to show off my precious butternut logs I split a few years ago. I stepped one end for a display area for my pretty pieces of wood and it freed up at least 10 sq feet of my other wood rack for more wood!!! Like i need more wood. LOL. It is also a great place to hang my hammock so I can break and sit and dream of future projects.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 11:59 PM

There will be magic coming off o those shelves soon.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 01:19 AM

Looking forward to more of your work. Like your break area.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 01:59 AM

Wow! Nice collection you have going there. Can’t wait to see some projects!

-- Ryan

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 03:07 AM

Very cool

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 11:55 AM

Yeah, like you need more wood, I feel the same despite having a few tons of logs drying in the garage :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 12:28 AM

Question to all you Log Experts….how the heck do you keep the logs from
getting cracks and check marks? Tx.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 01:07 AM

I can’t believe you have a hammock in your shop. That’s just great. Nice log drying rack too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 01:32 AM

HI Buckeyedudes, I use sticky wax to seal the log ends..and any open areas.. some people paint or tar.. but it is all abut making the water in the log dry out the bark not the ends.

I forgot to ask my question.. has anyone else dealt with mushroom growth on their drying logs or lumber?
I did not really want the wood to be spalted, so Sodabowski.,. you have grown mold on purpose… I honestly freaked out a little and used Tilex to kill all the spores on the logs (and rug and clay) ... what do you think? Bad idea? Will the logs still grow mold inside? ugh.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#9 posted 10-20-2012 12:24 AM

EPJ – thanks….errr, what is sticky wax?
I’ve used paint for years and find it ‘hit-or-miss’ on getting cracks or not.
Thanks – Jeff

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#10 posted 10-20-2012 12:15 PM

Coating the ends with Anchorseal is what I do if I’m keeping the logs as is for a while. It’s a wax emulsion for those of you that aren’t familiar with it. I cut some bowl blanks out of wet logs over a year ago, sealed them completely with Anchorseal and a year later, you would have thought I did it yesterday. When I’m ready to turn the bowl blanks, obviously they will be wet inside so after rough turning, they will be submerged in a bucket of denatured alcohol for a couple of weeks. The alcohol replaces the water in the wood. Then I wrap them in newspaper and put them on a drying rack. I weigh each blank every couple of days and when the weight remains the same, they are dry and ready for final turning.

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