|Forum topic by Sapling||posted 08-29-2009 01:09 AM||1146 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-29-2009 01:09 AM
Hello everyone. Just discovered this site a week ago and have spent a bunch of time viewing “project” pictures, reading comments, etc. You folks have a fantastic site, full of beautiful project pictures and commentary. I’ve always had an interest in woodworking, but seemingly never the time or motivating event to get me started. As of now the only tools that I have that could be remotely connected with woodworking are a few chisels, hammers and a chainsaw (ha, ha) but I’m fascinated by the prospect of turning some bowls, plates, etc. so I think I know what my first purchases will be. Now to a few basic questions, if you would be so kind as to indulge a novice with what are probably idiotic questions.
On my little ranch, and via properties of friends, I’ve got access to standing timber of probably over 20 different species of hardwoods. So I’m itching to get out there with my chainsaw and start building up an inventory of seasoned wood. I assume that it is very important to minimize cracking, etc. in the drying process, so: should I put wax, white latex paint or some other similar product on the cut ends immediately after cutting? Or let the logs “season” for a few days before “painting” the ends? I have a 3 sided cattle shed that I plan on using for air drying, unless you folks advise me that I need a 4 sided, fully enclosed structure.
Another question: If I were to cut down a big pecan tree, in hopes of having it sawed into boards for later on making a table, is it best to air dry the log for a period of time (how long?) and then take it to a sawyer? Or should I take it to the sawyer “green” and then either let him kiln dry the boards or take the boards home and air dry them?
I’ve got loads of other questions, but will wait a while before I pester you with them.
Thanks in advance,