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Can you make a small wooden sail boat from cedar?

Yes, provided you use fiberglass, and the technique is often called "cedar strip construction". This method of construction is a very forgiving method of building small boats compared to other ...
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How can I tell if my green wood is dry enough?

No, there is not a visual aid; you must measure or calculate the moisture. Measuring with a meter To measure the moisture directly, you can use a moisture meter. Pin-type meters require you to drive ...
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When is it best to use kiln-dried vs. air-dried vs. green wood in a project?

Green — Very fun to turn and it's like shaping butter, however, the greener it is the more likely you will get cracks as it dries and quite possibly a bit of warping. for building projects (book ...
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How can I debark wood?

A draw knife is one traditional tool used to remove bark. If you have a folding pocket knife, you might be able to hack it into a mini-draw-knife- wedge the tip into a small stick, use tape or twine ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I have a relative who uses something akin to a steam box, without the steam, to control the moisture moving out of his green turned pieces. It is like a wooden cabinet lined with plastic, with small ...
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What is the definition of green woods?

"Green wood" is wood that has been recently cut/harvested and is not yet "dry". Well aged wood will have a moisture content in equilibrium with its environment, assuming it's had enough time to ...
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What are the steps for the general hobbyist to rescue green wood for future projects?

First, make sure you're permitted to take the wood! Some places intend to sell their dropwood to local mills. Always check first about a downed tree. You want a portable sawmill or an apparatus to ...
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Using green cedar for planks on a boat

I was trying to find the answer to something else and realized there was a section in this book called, Modern Woodworking Techniques. It is a conglomeration of articles from the magazine Fine ...
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When is it best to use kiln-dried vs. air-dried vs. green wood in a project?

This is exactly right. Kiln dried wood is typically prized for it's stability and use in construction. This may be preferable in pieces work that would get laminated or otherwise glued together, ...
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Other than speed does kiln drying have any advantage over natural aging?

I would propose that kiln-dried wood (in particular steam kilning) is sometimes inferior to naturally cured wood. Advantages of Kiln Drying Kiln dried lumber is more readily available Much faster ...
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What are the steps for the general hobbyist to rescue green wood for future projects?

First thing, most branches are very poor for turning into lumber. They will be stress wood and very likely to bend and twist as they dry or after, sometimes even while you are cutting them. They ...
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How can I debark wood?

As @TXTurner suggests, a drawknife is great for bark removal. The dirt, grit, and grime in the bark will dull the blade faster, so it might be a good idea to have a drawknife dedicated for the task. ...
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When it comes to checking in logs what should I expect?

Checking in on my wood (just to admire it I suppose) I noticed after the first day that a crack was appearing through the center of the log. A through-the-centre crack, also a from-the-centre crack, ...
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Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

I've read about branches having internal stresses and twisting/warping. The main reason not to use wood from branches normally is that it's full of reaction wood, wood that has internal stress from ...
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What is the process, from start to finish, for milling a tree into boards?

There are a couple options. The first and cheapest (though by far the most work) is to get a chainsaw mill. some of these are a guide you can buy for your existing chain saw and others come with a ...
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How can I keep a cedar tree round from checking?

To repost and add to my response to your previous question: You will likely not be able to prevent checking and cracking of this piece as it dries. You have different rates of shrinkage depending on ...
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Cleaning tools after working green wood

Simply, wipe any dirt, grime, and possibly pitch off the tool surfaces (you can use water or another solvent if it's really stubborn) and dry thoroughly. Mind the edges when you're doing do, both ...
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When is the ideal time to work green wood

Was my green wood too green and I should have waited longer? In my experience, I don't think there's such a thing as "too green." Green wood is nice to work because its moisture content means it is ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

If you've got a lot to spare, then overdo it. Curves, twists, warps etc will always kill your yield. Flatsawn is apt to be less stable (esp with respect to cupping) than quartersawn. The milling ...
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What is the process, from start to finish, for milling a tree into boards?

TL;DR: It is an enormous amount of effort but it can be done. The resulting wood can be prone to cracking. I've tried to do a bit of this and like most of us here on Stack Exchange, I read a lot of ...
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How to can I repair/mitigate rot in the center of a Western Cedar tree round?

As a corollary to my answer on your other Question: Removing the rot will not only help keep the rest of the log rotting along with it in time, but it will also help with cracking in that you won't ...
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Improve Grip on Shavehorse

To help improve the grip, I wrapped a piece of leather around the top crossbar and tacked it into place. ...Adding the leather seemed to help a bit, but the issue still remained. I suspect that the ...
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Can you make a small wooden sail boat from cedar?

If you're looking for a simple project you might consider a skin on frame canoe or kayak. Cedar is a good choice for skin boats and actually works better when it's 'green'. Take a look at skin-boats....
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How can I tell if my green wood is dry enough?

There are several ways to check the moisture in a piece of wood. The most expensive and simplest is a moisture meter, I bought a Ligno one and it works pretty good for me. You can set it to ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

The best strategy I've seen is to rough turn, let dry, then finish turn. The rule of thumb is to turn to a thickness 1/10th of the finished diameter. So a 10" bowl would be rough turned to 1" wall ...
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Techniques for Working with Driftwood

This is quite a broad question. I've use wood I've picked up beachcombing many times, all of which could be classed generically as "driftwood" but it's far from uniform. Some was originally branches ...
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Ideas for removing fire blight 'stain'?

There are multiple types of "wood bleach", which invariably use one or more common bleaching agents. They can be used to bleach wood in specific ways (e.g. removing native colour or dark staining from ...
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Identifying tree species

Bruce Hoadley, "Identifying Wood: Accurate Results With Simple Tools" is my go-to when you just have a hunk of wood. However, your tree has neighbors with leaves/needles... it's very unlikely that it'...
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Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

First off the bad news, that's almost certain to crack on you as it dries out. You might get lucky in which case you dodged a bullet, but the wood already has natural defects radiating from the centre ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I've only done this a couple times, but I have good luck turning a rough form (as @TxTurner notes) and then setting the bowl aside for a few months. My technique is, I keep all the shavings from the ...
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