Published at Friday, 04 January 2019. Industrial Machinery. By Alaine Mercier.
I recently made a project for my mom and daddy that complicated turning a fallen tree branch (struck by lightning) into a Cheese Tray and Coaster set. This spawned a lot of questions from my audience about what is required to actually turn a log into usable material for a woodland store project. It's not as simple as cutting the tree down or branch off and cutting it up. Additional steps must be taken for the woodland to turn out usable and to create sure it is done safely!
Belief me when I say there are a lot of varying ideas on what is the right way (or wrong way) to mill logs into dimensional wood. In this article I hope to address some of those ideas and concerns and create you a little more informed so that you can decide what's the right way for the material and the instruments that you have available in your store.
Dry the Woodland Before Usage
Before you usage your woodland on your project it wants to be dry. The most common way to do this is to simply let it sit for a long period of time. In the situation of my Cheese Tray and Coasters project I lease that log dry for around 14 months. A greater log would have take even longer. To create the dry period go quicker you can usage a chainsaw mill and piece the logs in great planks and store them with slats among them to keep air flowing among each separate plank. You can also dry woodland faster using a kiln, your home oven, or even a microwave. However, those topics are complicated and outside the scope of this article. Nevertheless of how you resolve to dry your woodland, it remains the most significant step in the process. Failure to dry the woodland is going to result in major warping, splitting and cracking, failure of glue joints, and of course the gumming up of your saws and instruments with sap and water.
I suggest purchasing a moisture meter from Amazon or your local woodworking store like Rockefeller.
Creating Dimensional with various size Lumber from a Log or Branch.
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