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Found some fire wood out back and really interested in figuring out how to craft from the raw state. I’ve learned that it is beneficial to split logs so that they break in there natural weak spots. This wood was cut (chain saw) for firewood and really not dried properly as they were just planned to be used as fuel, so I may not be able to use them. I’ve also read that logs should be painted on the end not to dry on the ends to quick and I’m guessing why mine have a crack like pattern sort of like a clock face. Also wondering (after slicing one open that didn’t look like it had any knots or branches coming out of it, why I found two knots in the middle.

Any info would be awesome.



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#1 posted 407 days ago

Go ahead and split the log into usable slabs. Then seal the end cuts, let it dry ( 1 year/inch thickness ).
If you rush the drying process, you’ll just have more firewood.
Even cheap latex paint used as an end sealer will work.


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#2 posted 407 days ago

Some species of trees are what they call self pruning. Lower limbs will die off. Once the limb falls off, the tree continues to grow around it. You will then find the remains of an old branch inside the tree.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#3 posted 407 days ago

Depending on how long ago it was cut, it could be usable now.

By your recent questions on a couple of posts I surmise you are new to working with wood.

Wood has been around to work with longer than metal has. Wood also moves…. a lot!
DOn’t expect it to conform to what you think it should do, it will have it’s own ideas.

When I find a piece like that, I try to cut it into 2”-2 1/2” slabs and let it lay around in the shop until dry enough to use.
That way if it warps, twists or bows I can still resaw it and make something from it.

I guess the bottom line here is that you need to work with the wood to find out what wood is going to do and what you can do with it. Asking questions is good, but if you are always second guessing yourself you’ll never create anything.

Good Luck!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 407 days ago

I would crack it into quarters and seal the ends.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 407 days ago

So this piece of wood is 14 inches long, so it will not be ready for use for 14 years? I think I started this hobby to late in life ;)

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#6 posted 407 days ago

let it dry ( 1 year/inch thickness ). Not 1 year per inch of length! In other words if you cut your 14” long log into 2” thick slabs they would take two years to dry.

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#7 posted 407 days ago

End checking in picture does not tell how far into the log those cracks go until split open. If do not end seal with paint, wax, or commercial end sealers soon after downing a tree or process logs can some expect end checking and splitting. End sealing will slow down moisture loss from end of logs but not completely stop it over time.

You can find knots in wood in both heart & sap wood. As tree grows over broken limbs, they leave knots in wood. Sap wood in some species just full of knots due to many branches below cambium & bark.

-- Bill

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