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887Re: [medievalsawdust] Re: Storing wood

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  • rmhowe
    Aug 26, 2003
      Cockerel Woodworks wrote:
      > No, common house paint is a perfectly good sealer and a lot cheaper than
      > many of the special ?end sealer? treatments. The wood yards know this.
      > J

      Well, latex is. ;) I used to run a furniture shop too.

      > Cockerel Woodworks
      > Medieval and Renaissance fine furniture.
      > View our gallery!
      > http://merchants-medieval.com/cockerel
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: yurtsatshaw [mailto:yurts@...]
      > Sent: Tuesday, 26 August 2003 11:52 AM
      > To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [medievalsawdust] Re: Storing wood
      > Regarding sealing the ends of green tree limbs for storage until
      > needed:
      >> > Should I coat the ends of the limbs with wax?
      >> Lumber yards and saw mills spray the ends with paint.
      >> Caley
      > I'm a little rusty, but I think their use of paint is more a color-
      > code for the type/grade of wood. 1" x 4" common (my original yurt
      > wood choice - now downgraded to "firewood" in quality......) is end-
      > painted 'blue', for example.....

      In my experience it is any color. Probably whatever latex
      the paint companies want to get rid of. Check you local
      Habitat for Humanity store, it's usually full of the stuff.

      The paint company shop across from my furniture shop in
      the early eighties used to get rid of a couple of dumpsters
      full each year.

      The point is that the end grain will check because it lets
      water directly out the end of the stem cells. At some times
      of the year you can cut a sizable tree down and it virtually
      steams with the water vapor coming out of the stump.

      I'd suggest removing any bark. I made some bird houses a
      few years back from the 40 foot long sections of the
      neighbor's maple trees that kept hitting my house and
      yard (not his problem though) and left the bark on.
      had to throw most of them out this last year. Under
      the bark they were infested with all kinds of crawlies
      despite being hung.

      My Bradford pear that destructed this year with the icestorm
      (there went twelve year's of growth that shaded the front
      porch) is end-sealed and stored in the yard building awaiting
      turning or shoe pattens one day. So is part of the neighbor's
      golden rain tree. Will have to remove three more Bradfords
      before they do the same thing. Two kinds of Bradfords in
      Raleigh now. Those that exploded during the ice-storm and
      those that are gonna one day. I had strategically placed
      them near the west end of the house to shade and cool it.
      Now I'm looking at leaving them and losing the windows
      one day. After the leaves have dropped so do they.

      Magnus, OL, old disabled craftsman.
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