|Forum topic by jmos||posted 115 days ago||736 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
115 days ago
I live in a pretty high density area, and don’t have much property. My neighbor is going to be taking down a Holly tree on the common border of our properties, and I’m pretty sure he would let me have any part of it I wanted. My end use would likely be for stringing, inlay, and other detail work, not so much looking for lumber for boards. Holly seems to be fairly hard to find and expensive, so I’m thinking it might be worth while to try to dry it.
It’s 6” to 8” diameter, and the trunk from ground to the first branches is about 8’, and pretty straight. I’m wondering if it’s worth trying to save the 8’ segment of the trunk? I would likely have to store it in my basement, where my shop is.
I’ve never dried lumber before. What would be the best way to do it? Remove the bark first, or leave it on? Should I let it dry as a log (or pieces of logs), or bandsaw it into rough boards? For a tree that small, do you need to seal the ends? I know I would need to keep it off the floor and sticker to allow air circulation. Any other key points I’m missing?