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Forum topic by Valk0001 posted 10-13-2013 03:01 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2013 03:01 PM

Long time lurker here, have read allot, learned a thing or two, but not enough to proudly post the keepsake boxes, one cutting board and Rustic Cooler I have built. Maybe someday I will have the talents necessary to proudly post something worth talking about. Anyway here is my situation I had this 140 ft Sweet gum tree that needed to be cut down; so we cut it down, and what do we

find within its stump, but that lost Dove so many were searching for. I saved a couple slabs for making a stump table but knowing how sweet gum warps and cracks so badly, I am worried about how to keep it so it does not warp and crack, and

at what moisture level will I be safe to begin working it and any suggestions given would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 03:36 PM

Wow, I would love to have that.

Actually would probably be best to store the log for a few years in a dry location before cutting it up. The dryer it is when cut, the less the wood will move. If that is not possible, then your work is cut out for you. First, rounds like this cut from any tree when green will split. It virtually doesn’t matter what type of wood it is. Not much you can do to stop it. If you are slabbing it, put stickers between the slabs and store in a dry place. With gum and a few other type of woods like it, you should tie it down, or band it, to hold it in place until it is dry. if not, it will go in all directions. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 06:15 PM

Thanks Monte It is roughly 3 in thick so I was going to use it as a table top. So I understand you I can use some (allot) of the grinding chips inside some type of plastic wrap and store it for awhile?

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