|Forum topic by NoSpace||posted 01-26-2015 10:04 PM||659 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-26-2015 10:04 PM
It occured to me while walking into the grocery store the other day and seeing “hardwood firewood” for sale that hey—did that say hardwood? (I’ve never burned wood in a fireplace in my life so I know nothing about firewood)
I recently bought a small 10” bandsaw, and on the recommendation of someone from this forum, I purchased the “woodslicer” blade for it, and it plows on through maple strips from Home Depot so would I like to see how it does on a real log (or fragment thereof that will fit through the saw). Then as I thought about it, the possibilities expanded into cutting the logs into veneer to patch together and I have several project going on this could work great as an alternative to plywood only. Certainly, it would be fun to experiment.
I’ve done some web searches and there are plenty of websites that talk about processing firewood on a bandsaw or in general, creating veneer from a log, but there’s one point of ambiguity I have not been able to answer in my research.
The possibilities seem endless until you read down to the part where it says “let your new planks dry for one year per inch before using”. Well gee, that kind of puts a damper on things. But none of the sites I’ve read are exactly clear on the order of operation. Is it 1) resaw the logs into planks 2) dry 1 year 3) resaw planks into veneer or is it 1) resaw log into veneer (say 1/4 inch) 2) let dry 3 months (a little more reasonable)?
A couple other questions come to mind.
1) would firewood sold in grocery stores for urbanized folks typically already be pretty dry given it needs to well, burn?