Joining end grain logs?

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Forum topic by MrGoodCat posted 03-11-2014 02:13 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2014 02:13 AM

Hey y’all I have a few questions. I live in South Carolina and as you may know we had a nasty ice storm. I had more then a few trees fall as a result. I want to do something with them other then burn em. Most of the fallen trees are pine. Today I had a great idea and you guys can tell me if it can be done and maybe how. I want to slice up the logs into 2” pieces and join them to make an end grain board 5’ x 13” and use it as a bar top for my breeze way. My questions are: how long does the wood need to cure? What’s the best way to join then logs together? My thought was to cut each log so the next one fits into it, but I don’t know how to make it strong. I’m giddy over this idea so I hope I can make it work. Thanks for all your help on this .

-- I dream of a world where a chicken can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 12:04 PM

Once you cut them to 2” thickness, then give it about 2 years to dry.


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#2 posted 03-11-2014 12:46 PM

As the slices dry, they will shrink radially and crack. Nothing you can do to prevent that. After a couple of years sitting around indoors, you can then work the pieces and glue them together to make your bar top.

You will not be able to use the entire “round” slices however.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 01:02 PM

I would think that end grain slices would dry more quickly than regular boards, that is, faster than an inch a year, since there is so much more end grain than side and face grain exposed. But I may be wrong.

I wonder whether pine joined together this way will be strong enough, even at two inches thick. But if you have it supported underneath it should work.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 01:39 PM

Another thought was to see if one of the many local saw mills would kiln dry them for me. Also would I just glue them together or is there a joining method that would be stronger and add to the piece?

-- I dream of a world where a chicken can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 02:14 PM

The general rule is 1 year per inch, but if you’re cutting disks off the log and you’ve got end grain exposed so it should dry much faster, how fast depends on the environment where they’re stored. Cut over twice what you need, many will crack as they dry and won’t be good for anything but firewood. Cutting one disk so the next fits into it sound like it would look good, I would use polyurethane (Gorilla) glue which should provide a good bond. You still won’t have a lot of strength, an inset stringer or two into a dado along the bottom would increase strength substantially.

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 02:24 PM

Follow up question for the pros. He needs to debark the pieces before starting the drying process, correct?

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 02:28 PM

there is a link to an article about drying disks cut from trees on here:

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