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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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