Birch tree to wood project?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by drpdrp posted 04-01-2013 12:48 PM 1387 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View drpdrp's profile


150 posts in 2287 days

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.


3 replies so far

View Mark Davisson's profile

Mark Davisson

597 posts in 3559 days

#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!

View WDHLT15's profile


1797 posts in 2718 days

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

Mill it as soon as possible. Like tomorrow.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

View RodNGun's profile


118 posts in 2545 days

#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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics