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Forum topic by bowedcurly posted 09-16-2014 09:47 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2014 09:47 AM

hello I have some 5ft holly logs 1 is 16” across and smaller what is the best way to dry without milling and kiln drying, thinking about just sealing the ends with paint and setting up in the barn loft.

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 12:51 PM

It will likely check if you don’t mill it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 02:49 PM

I agree with Bondo. Mill it then paint the ends and you will have better luck.

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 05:23 PM

Holly is ridiculously difficult to dry without it warping into oblivion. While agreeing with the above statements, I’d add to cut the pieces thick to leave room for milling.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 01:13 AM

thanks guys I will just paint the ends and chuck it in the loft, have 14 stitches in my leg from falling over or ran over by wheelbarrow, I really can’t do antthing right now, but thanks a bunch for the comments.

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 02:50 AM

What is holly called here in the US? I like the white color and would use it in a project, but I don’t see it sold where I buy wood (pretty much Rockler, for my boutique wood).

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 02:55 AM

Using paint on the ends will not help much as far as checking and splitting goes. Get some paraffin canning wax and paint that on the ends. The results will be much better.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 03:02 AM

If you do not cut holly into boards and immediately after felling and put it in a kiln to control the humidity and the drying, it will gray stain on you in a very short amount of time and ruin it for that bright white color. There is no way around that, unfortunately.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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