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02-06-2014 10:59 AM

Hi all,
new poster/hobby woodworker here.
I have this stump w/ roots that I’ve been planning to turn into a patio table for some time, just needed a tabletop. I’ve been planning to make the tabletop out of sawn pieces of log, set in a circular fashion around the stump, kind of like flower petals, if you can imagine that? Anyway, some gardeners in my neighborhood just cut down a eucalyptus tree and let me lug home a section of the trunk.
What I want to end up with is a few “slices” of the log, about an inch thick, that I can sand and maybe put a coat of spar varnish on. But I understand eucalyptus is highly prone to checking, splitting, cracking, warping, and collapse. I don’t know how to treat the wood in order to keep it in good condition. I’m thinking I should go ahead and cut my “slices” now, while the wood is green? If so, then what’s the best way to let the wood age to prevent it from getting ruined? Just FYI, I can live with minor flaws in the wood, it’s going to be a rustic, nature-y looking table. I just don’t want it to become non-useable. Also, should I wait until the wood is dry before attaching it to the stump? (Stump has been sitting out in the air well in excess of a year, BTW.)
Thanks for any advice, I imagine this is kind of an odd question. :)

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 01:43 PM

...But I understand eucalyptus is highly prone to checking, splitting, cracking, warping, and collapse. I don’t know how to treat the wood in order to keep it in good condition.... I understand that eucalyptus in the USA is not a stable wood to use for anything. I have heard that it does not even make good firewood.

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 06:28 PM

i use eucalyptus alot a few varieties its a nice strong wood but really hard to dry properly.seal the ends and dont put it in the sun

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 06:32 PM

Slice it up as soon as you can, and cover the end grain with a good sealer. There are many steps to take to ensure the best outcome, and use the search box for the topic for some good reading. You’ll get what you get, some woods work and some don’t no matter what type you have. I’ve seen some wonderful pics of eucalyptus, I’d give it a try if it were mine. Best of luck.

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 09:05 PM

Thank you, I will do that, then!

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 10:06 PM

I believe that all wood is good to have. Just depends on how much effort you want to put in to getting good results.

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 06:59 PM

My eucalyptus experience…..

First, coat the ends iof the logs the day the tree is felled
Second, saw logs into lumber immediatley.
Third, remove the pith when sawing
Fourth; cut into thicker sizes and ‘cants’ [3x ,4x, 6x by 6’,or 8”]
Fifth, sticker promptly and accurately, under cover
Sixth, tie the bundle of lumber, using the highway style ratchet straps
Seventh, place some very heavy article[s] on top of the pile of lumber
Eight, tighten and re-tighten those straps weekly
Ninth; let them set until moisture content [MC] is down to 12 or 14 %
Tenth; resaw into usable size lumber,
Eleventh; cull out garbage [maybe 20%]
Twelve; let dry to 8% MC
Thirteenth; Use it.

I obtained a truck load of Red Gum logs and handle them this way, on the advise of an old timer. The wood is BEAUTIFUL

-- Rustfever, Central California

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