there is not a lot of talk out there as of late.
This is not directly a Legacy thing, but I like to cut a lot of my own lumber
that I use in my shop.
As a general rule. Dried wood is work, and Green wood is fun.
So for Fun I just cut any wood that I can find, Ive found some very nice
looking woods doing this, Like mallbeary, smoketree, and ficus trees all have
unique quality's that you will not find elsewhere.
Many trees are not cut into lumber mainly due to the trees normally do not grow
into a size that makes it profitable to cut into lumber. but this dose not mean
these trees have nothing to offer to you and me.
Now cutting your own lumber can be a slow process. as a general rule of thumb,
1" of thickness per year of drying.
The ends of the wood must be sealed as quickly as you can, to keep the moisture
inside that tree, if the ends are not sealed the water will excape quickly
causing cracking,making the wood less usable as it would be if dried properly.
I found this video on you-tube that I like.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6QsqAWf6hE He makes his own sealer, I often
use wax or old paint to seal the ends. His method is neat and cheaper than
anything that Ive done in the past. Ive not done his method yet but I do plan
to try it soon.
Now another train of thought on drying wood is, dry only what you need, Bowl
turners use this method a lot. they cut the wood into a usable bowl while green
and then let it dry out, and later going back to finish out the blank once its
Art and I got into a debate a number of years ago on the topic of using PEG.
(polyethylene glycerol.) His thinking was to dry out lumber, mine idea was to
dry out a idiom after cutting.
Any How. I tell everyone to use Cheap stuff for play time. (go out to the fire
wood pile for proto. typing/ play.) when I want to try a new idea out, Why
waist good wood, that cost you money? I personally go for the free stuff. Fire
wood, pallet wood, old furniture that I find in the garbage... to make saw dust
that I so greatly look forward to making. ;-p
Just something to think about.
I hope everyone has a good weekend.
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