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Forum topic by RobinDobbie posted 05-04-2015 08:47 PM 592 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2015 08:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mold fungus trunk rot

I have an oak tree that had some trunk rot and collapsed in a recent storm. I’m going to try to get lumber from it. Don’t have a bandsaw yet, but hope to get one soon. So I’m just cutting the trunk into manageable lengths and sealing the ends. Should I trim the rot off the trunk before I seal it?

Also, I have some workbenches that were not stored properly. I don’t want to just get rid of these benches, I actually need at least 1 of them. If I just sand the surface, then seal it with several coats of poly, will that be enough? Or do I need to remove any discolored wood?

Log: http://i.imgur.com/4RORHyW.jpg

Benches: http://i.imgur.com/vB7rtYb.jpg
Benches: http://i.imgur.com/f9Nph2b.jpg
Benches: http://i.imgur.com/EarxvYe.jpg
Benches: http://i.imgur.com/RhRsGXd.jpg


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#1 posted 05-04-2015 09:05 PM

The pics of the bench dont looks so much like mold, but more like mud and crud from spider webs. Give ‘em a good scrubbing with Simple Green and they’ll probably be ok.

I dont really see the rot in the trunk picture.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 09:58 PM

The only mud on the benches is from a mud dobber or wasp, the big dark areas are/were mold. The trunk has some weird colors to it, and the center/left(rough-looking area)is so rotten that I can flake off pieces by hand. Let’s pretend you can see it, I just want to know if it will spread after it’s sealed, or if I can just let it be for another day(which could be months from now).

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 11:21 PM

Putting sealer over it will not stop the cancer. Perhaps a wash with a diluted bleach solution. Let it dry real good then seal.

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 01:40 AM

Ok, I just kept cutting discs until I didn’t have soft rot. Here’s what the first one looked like:


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