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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 04-01-2013 12:48 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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drpdrp

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04-01-2013 12:48 PM

Helped a friend cut down a birch tree a few weeks ago. I took about an 8 foot section of the trunk home and stood it up on my porch. I thought it would be cool to eventually turn it into… something.

How long do I let it sit before I try to mill it? Am I supposed to mill it right away and let the boards dry?

I am not expecting amazing results- it just seemed fun.

Thanks,
T


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Mark Davisson

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 12:54 PM

drpdrp, I’d mill it then sticker it in a warm(ish) spot with good air flow. Place weights on top (above the stickers), paint the ends (to avoid a too-rapid drying of the ends) and wait. My understanding is that in an “open air” setting (that is, not in a kiln), you should allow lumber to dry for one year for every inch of the thickness of the boards.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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WDHLT15

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 12:56 PM

Mill it as soon as possible. Like tomorrow.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 02:39 PM

I want to do this as well. Somewhere I came across a “green lumber” band saw blade, is that a good idea or a waste of $ ? I have a nice Resaw blade, I’m making a log sled, but all I have is wet logs.

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