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mIps

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638 days ago

A neighbor was pruning their maple tree and I talked them out of a branch about 2” in diameter. How should I go about drying it so I can work it properly.

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#1 posted 638 days ago

If you do not dry it slowly, it will split and crack if you turn your back on it. Put it outside, under cover, and let nature take its course for 6 to 8 months. It needs protection from rain, but also good air flow. Do not put it in a heated or cooled space until it has had time to season outside, or it will split to spite you.

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#2 posted 637 days ago

What would you do with it? Anything that small should dry out okay, but it will tend to split as any round piece will. Limbwood generally holds plenty of stress, making it unstable; turners like to spin stuff out and let it dry, then finishing it off after the “blank” dries completely to remove the warpage. Flat boards rarely stay that way, making small pieces the choice to rely on. Any way you choose, it’s best to paint, wax, or otherwise seal the ends and let it set in a cool dry area for a while, with maple that small probably a couple months will do it.

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mIps

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#3 posted 636 days ago

Nuts. not the answer I was hoping for. Oh well.

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#4 posted 636 days ago

Coat the ends with Anchorseal or a latex paint to keep the drying under control to prevent cracking.

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#5 posted 636 days ago

If you can think of something you want to turn it into you can turn it on a lathe,but you would still have to wait for it to dry after you rough it out.

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