Questions tagged [green-wood]

Wood that has been recently cut and not yet had a chance to dry/cure.

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Working with Green wood

Some friends of mine are getting married in the fall and I want to make them something more unique than a set of martini glasses. I got this idea to make bookends for them out of solid blocks of ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

When rough milling boards from a green log, is there a good rule of thumb or something to determine how much thicker I should slice them than my desired target thickness? Does it differ depending on ...
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Can these tree tunks be used for a small table?

The other day I found these two sections of a tree trunk in the street. So I'm wondering, can they be prepared to be used as some type of rustic stump table?
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Is my 44" Diameter 12' Long Black Oak Log with Wind Shake still usable?

We just had our huge black oak tree cut down because it was inches from our roofline. Ever since we first bought our house, we had planned on turning it into our dining room table. Being new to ...
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How to store/dry freshly cut lumber (white oak)

I have a very old (approx 200 years) white-oak that is going to be cut down in the next few months. There is a mobile mill that is going to come out and help me cut it in to boards. I will likely end ...
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How to prevent tree 'cookies' from splitting?

I have just been given several tree 'cookies' (cross sections of trunk or branches) that my wife wants to use in her crafts. These include some of ash and birch, several around 3" diameter and a few ...
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Acceptable wood moisture content for epoxy?

I'm making some I-Beams with glued & screwed 2x4s. I just got my lumber home and it's fresh and green. What is an acceptable moisture content for System Three general purpose epoxy? If there's a ...
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How can I straighten a bent shaft?

I'm currently making two shafts for two spears, and to do so in January I've cut down two relatively thin hazelnut trees, and kept at about 3 metres length; I don't really need them properly seasoned, ...
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What is the definition of green woods?

I've seen woodworkers refer to "green wood." I am new in wood working and trying to do something by myself. What does this term refer to?
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Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

I just got a freshly cut slice of a big tree trunk from my friend. Thinking of using it as a table. Sanding it down etc. Now I know there's all the drying etc to consider, but the first thing I need ...
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Drying Wood Methods

What are the main ways of drying wood whether it be wood you milled into boards or just cut into turning blanks? I have heard of sealing the end grain and then just leaving the piece to dry on it's ...
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Identifying tree species

I was walking out on a trail near my house after a recent storm and found a tree that had been uprooted due to the storm. I plan on cutting up the tree to use it for some turnings but when looking at ...
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Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

About 2 months ago my grandparents cut down 80% of an old cherry tree (topped it). There were some big branches/thin trunks that ended up in their massive compost piles (my grandad like his compost ...
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Using newly cut wood with dry wood

I have offcuts of Macrocarpa that I'd like to use instead of keeping them there doing nothing useful. I acquired some Macrocarpa wood that is still wet, it seems that it has been cut recently, I've ...
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How to choose desirable oak slabs for projects

I'm new to woodworking and have recently been given the opportunity to pick up free logs of a recently felled oak tree. (I believe logs is the proper term here, correct me if I'm wrong. Cords? Slabs?) ...
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Ideas for removing fire blight 'stain'?

Chopped down a small tree that recently died and began shedding bark due to what appears to be fire blight. I'd like to use the stock for a project once dried, but a significant section is stained ...
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Milling previously felled logs

There is an old growth forest near where I live. For sake of argument lets move past the most absolute certainty that I cannot remove anything from the premises. Likely to help the ecosystem. Some of ...
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When it comes to checking in logs what should I expect?

They started clearing old ash trees from the lot where I work. There was lots of nice wood there so I took a couple pieces. One in particular a piece of green ash (so I was told by the man cutting it ...
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Techniques for Working with Driftwood

I've been collecting a bunch of wood from the beach near our house lately with the hopes of making some neat artwork or possibly furniture. Are there any special precautions, techniques, or ...
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When is the ideal time to work green wood

I had made a really simple bow saw during my summer holidays. I was trying to see if I could make a project from start to finish using only hand tools. I cut some poplar (Mostly guessing but the ...
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Cleaning tools after working green wood

Still at the cottage and trying to make a bow saw out of some green poplar. There was a comment on my last question about being sure that I cleaned my tools after working green wood. Specifically ...
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How can I debark wood?

I'm up at the cottage and I wanted to make myself a traditional bow saw. I got this green piece of poplar and I need to debark it before I rip it. It's about 4-5 inches in diameter if that matters. ...
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Improve Grip on Shavehorse

This weekend I was using my shavehorse to make some wooden spatulas. After a while, the head started losing grip on the pieces I was working. To help improve the grip, I wrapped a piece of leather ...
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How to can I repair/mitigate rot in the center of a Western Cedar tree round?

I want to turn a large western cedar tree round into a low table for a covered outdoor area. The round is from a 100-ish year old cedar tree. It was freshly cut (one month ago), is roughly 4 feet ...
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How can I keep a cedar tree round from checking?

I want to turn a large western cedar tree round into a low table for a covered outdoor area. My tree round is from a 100-ish year old western cedar tree that a neighbor recently cut down. It's big,...
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how can I make a cedar tree round into an outdoor table? [closed]

How can I turn a large western cedar tree round into a low table? I now have a large western cedar tree round. It's from a 100-ish year old cedar tree that a neighbor cut down. My wife would like ...
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What is the process, from start to finish, for milling a tree into boards?

I had an oak tree removed from my back yard last year and thought seriously about milling the trunk into boards for future woodworking projects. In the end, I let them carry it off because I wasn’t ...
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Using green cedar for planks on a boat

I am building a Swampscott Dory as per "The Dory Book" by John Gardner. What I am doing is using local wood (Red Cedar) and mills. As such, I am starting from the log, milling it, and then making my ...
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Can you make a small wooden sail boat from cedar?

We have a lot of trees we've been removing from our property for one reason or another. Instead of throwing them on the burn pile, I thought I might be able to make something of them. I've always ...
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How can I tell if my green wood is dry enough?

I understand different woods age at different rates and the chosen drying process itself is a factor. How can you tell if green wood, in general, has aged enough? Is there a visual aid? Do you make ...
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What are the steps for the general hobbyist to rescue green wood for future projects?

I live in suburbia USA, where hardwood trees grow all over the place. I regularly see large diameter (8 inch, 20 cm) branches and even whole trees removed and end up getting chipped or allowed to rot ...
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Is green or steamed wood better for bending?

Ignoring time & space issues, focusing only on the strength & durability of the wood after the bend has set, what is going to give better results? We know from the answers at Other than speed ...
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Other than speed does kiln drying have any advantage over natural aging?

Green wood has several drawbacks for use in most projects. For the most part all of the wood you purchase is kiln dried. One benefit of kiln drying is the time from forest to manufacture can be a ...
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When is it best to use kiln-dried vs. air-dried vs. green wood in a project?

Kiln dried wood is usually recommended for woodworking projects since it's more stable than green and air dried lumber. On the other hand, I've been told kiln dried wood is bad for lathe work, and in ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I've turned a few things green on a lathe and I expected them to to do odd things, and they warped and/or cracked. But what useful techniques are out there that this could be minimized or even ...