Skip to main content
9 votes

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 ...
bpedit's user avatar
  • 1,072
7 votes

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 ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
5 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Aloysius Defenestrate's user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
4 votes

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 ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
4 votes
Accepted

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'...
Aloysius Defenestrate's user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Risk assessment for using draw knife/shave horse with children?

Answering based on your comment: Yes the school already does woodwork with children in that age bracket, using knives, bowsaws, folding saws, splitting axes and hatchets. I would argue that a ...
fgysin's user avatar
  • 156
3 votes

How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

I believe there is just no easy "rule of thumb" when deciding what thicknesses to cut green lumber in an attempt to obtain a certain machined dry lumber thickness, without a lot of waste. Many ...
Gale Colby's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Acceptable wood moisture content for epoxy?

I called System Three and they were very helpful - they strongly recommended only epoxying wood that's reached it's equilibrium moisture content and not in any environment where it could be exposed to ...
threewordphrase's user avatar
3 votes

How to store/dry freshly cut lumber (white oak)

Seal the ends as wood loses moisture from the ends faster than the face. You are trying to lower moisture throughout the wood evenly. Latex paint is a cheap effective sealer. Pick a location with good ...
Chuck S's user avatar
  • 859
3 votes
Accepted

Using newly cut wood with dry wood

In short, don't do it. Drying wood is subject to a lot of shrinkage and at different rates depending upon whether you measure across the grain rings (radial) or with them (tangential). (There is very ...
Ashlar's user avatar
  • 8,454
3 votes

Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

Interesting idea; it never occurred to me. I have a few narrow branches that I thought weren't going to be usable for much more than veneer, but using your approach if I can get a few 1"x1" cross-...
keshlam's user avatar
  • 9,191
2 votes

Drying Wood Methods

I have used dehumidifiers to dry a load of reclaimed wood that was milled to use as trim in a home. It was at 20% moisture content (MC) so I made a frame of 2X material after I set a layer of 6 mil ...
Jack's user avatar
  • 848
2 votes
Accepted

Drying Wood Methods

I have heard of sealing the end grain and then just leaving the piece to dry on it's own but then I believe there are even different ways to each of those. Yes that is the standard way of drying all ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
2 votes

What is the definition of green woods?

The above definition, sounds very good to me. "Green wood" is wood that has been recently cut/harvested and is not yet "dry". bpedit also suggests correctly that wood is best allowed to dry to an ...
John Marting's user avatar
2 votes

Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

I live in the Pacific Northwest. If I leave bark on air drying green Douglas Fir slabs inevitably I have bark beetles digging holes and leaving frass (sawdust) behind. If your round is green, I ...
schmmd's user avatar
  • 171
2 votes

Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

Your picture looks like Douglas fir bark. I have built 3 tables with Doug fir bark with great success. I simply air dryer the slabs to 15 percent and handled the wood very gently as the bark will ...
Don yorston's user avatar
2 votes

How to store/dry freshly cut lumber (white oak)

How long does it need to dry before I can use it? Short answer is, until it's dry enough to use. Ideal moisture level for seasoned wood is dependent on how it'll be used, dried wood for interior ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
2 votes
Accepted

How to prevent tree 'cookies' from splitting?

As mentioned by Aloysius, PEG is probably what you want to use here - you need to soak the cookie in PEG for a certain period of time (depending on the size/thickness of the cookie). There are charts ...
Dave Smylie's user avatar
  • 1,055
2 votes

Is my 44" Diameter 12' Long Black Oak Log with Wind Shake still usable?

I've not heard the term, although I've seen the results of this problem earlier in my years of cutting firewood. It was welcome then, but that's because the end result is very weak wood. According to ...
fred_dot_u's user avatar
  • 2,899
2 votes
Accepted

Green wood (for turning) and mold risk

This just seems a little nuts to me. Even the wettest wood that will spray you with moisture as you turn it isn't going to make that much difference in a large dust collection system. and if it's ...
bowlturner's user avatar
  • 16k
1 vote

Risk assessment for using draw knife/shave horse with children?

A few thoughts about PPE: A leather apron can protect the body and legs down till below the knees An adult size normal leather apron worn by a kid may be sufficient to cover the knees even when ...
cbeleites unhappy with SX's user avatar
1 vote

Can these tree tunks be used for a small table?

This question is a little broad, but I'd say yes, you could make a table out of these. I'm assuming you're going for a "found object" style, and you're not talking about using them as lumber to make ...
SaSSafraS1232's user avatar
1 vote

Is my 44" Diameter 12' Long Black Oak Log with Wind Shake still usable?

What length pieces is it cut to already? Iā€™m not very experienced with this fault, but ... if the wood is nice anyway, and milling is not expensive, I would mill 8ā€™ to 10ā€™ sections into smaller ...
Old Uncle Ho's user avatar
1 vote

How can I straighten a bent shaft?

I saw on the woodwrights shop them steam bending a long piece by putting it in some metal ducting and piping a regular tea kettle's steam output into it. The far end got stuffed with a towel loosely. ...
jbord39's user avatar
  • 970
1 vote

Using newly cut wood with dry wood

In general you don't want to mix dried wood with green wood (any wood from freshly cut to not fully dried is 'green' to some extent). However there are specific areas in woodworking where green wood ...
Graphus's user avatar
  • 65.8k
1 vote

How to choose desirable oak slabs for projects

I would suggest finding a copy of R. Bruce Hoadley's Understanding Wood. He details how wood shrinks (and why logs splits radially or checks if left unattended). He also touches on how wood should dry ...
ewm's user avatar
  • 2,226
1 vote

How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I have turned a few green bowls cross grain after turning I sand them down. Then, I use a old micro wave oven to heat them up some, 1- 1 1/2 mins. at a time. then take them out, and set them on a ...
Dale's user avatar
  • 11

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible