Logs to Lumber
So you've decided to go from logs to lumber. In this episode I discuss how and where you might get a log when first starting out and then the care and feeding of that log before you begin to saw it. How long can you store it and how to best do that?
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Kevin J says
While listening to this I am sawing cherry on my woodmizer LT15
Keith Short says
I live next to a state park in Illinois and a large tree from the park fell across the road. The county sent a truck which cut it in a few hunks to allow the road to be cleared. The heartwood was dark and I suspected it was black walnut. After it lay there for a week I called a wood worker buddy with a chain saw. He recognized it was not walnut, but it was “interesting” and we removed some crotch sections for his turning projects, and some 14” diameter X 20” lengths for my ukulele building.
Turns out it was red elm or slippery elm. I debarked it and split it into quarters before hauling it downstairs to my dehumidified basement to dry. The debarked logs were too slippery to carry easily. So when we eventually identified the species. “slippery elm” made sense. I sealed the ends with AnchorSeal and it dried beautifully. I used the wood for a variety of hobby projects, mostly Christmas gift boxes.