Finally slabbed my log

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Blog entry by zlatanv posted 11-10-2012 05:12 PM 4438 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this log in my driveway for a long time and finally had it slabbed. It sat out there through the hot summer sun and started to split, I painted the exposed cuts but still was splitting, I was afraid i was turning it into firewood. After contacting a few sawyers I found one that was close and I could schedule it with.

After we cut it up, WOW! It is beautiful inside, lots of burl, splatting, I was amazed, Cut it into 2 in slabs. I have it stacked under my patio to dry out some more till I figure out what to make. I know I have to make a project for my neighbor for saving me his tree when he had it cut, the rest will come in time.

I have a few concerns hoping I could get some advice from LJs.

I had some beetles and larva in it, how do I get ride of them without spoiling the color and making it toxic.

And there was some white foamy stuff, i guess fungus, in some of the bark, what can I do to make sure it does’t get destroyed by the fungus any more.

Thats in advance for any suggestions.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 06:21 PM

lovely wood

-- Joel

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 11:04 PM

Not sure about the fungus or the larva, but that sure is some beautiful material.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 02:56 AM

Thats some beautiful stuff! If you don’t mind telling me what was the cost of having it sawn?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 04:24 AM

That is a very nice log.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 04:51 AM

Hoosier it cost be me $60, took less then an hour, forgot to mention it is some kind of maple. I cut off the branches that were sicking out so it was around 20 ins at the widest point, the pieces had some nice spalting and burl on them, took them to a craft show and talked with a guy for a while about wood working when we first got there, he was a pen turner so I told him to pick one out and he could have it, he took the best one, sold 2 other big pieces for $30 for both. win for everyone.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 02:16 PM

Now that is just beautiful. I see a mancave coffee table in there somewhere. Good for you for taking the initiative to not only save the log but have it processes. Spalted maple is well worth the extra effort.

My neighbor cut down his dead red maple—much smaller than your log—and I slabbed it myself using mostly handsaws. Fellow, LJs…don’t do as I did. Do as this man did and find a local sawyer. While you’ll trim off unwanted pounds, the labor takes so long by hand that family members won’t recognize you when you do walk into the house—covered in sawdust, sweat and sporting a 4-day old beard.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 05:58 PM

The best looking figured maple always comes from the ugliest logs! Nice score!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 06:11 PM

Great looking wood. I would be careful how and where you store it. I don’t know what it’s like under you porch but if it’s any where near to ground contact you may end up with wood full of infestations of Subterranean termites ,powder post beatles ,carpenter ants ect. I would also store the wood that has infestations in it already away from the rest of your slabs. There are a couple good post on how to deal with wood that has insect damage ,one way to deal with it is to have it kiln dried.

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 09:26 PM

zlatanv, thanks. I will see if I can find a local sawyer. I have a line on 2 cherry trees and 1 walnut that just came down from Sandy.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 12:55 AM

Thanks Jim, it’s off the ground and stickered on concrete under a roof. may have to check if I can find kiln service somewhere.

Hoosier, if you can find the service somewhere, I found it on creig’s list, I would definitely recommend it, shop around for the best price. Good luck.

Brad I tried that too, :)

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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