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Old 05-29-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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need some wisdom on cedar.

I fell and milled boards last weekend. how long to dry? best method to remove bark while maintaining curved edge? best stain to use? boards turned out nice imo, dont want to mess up the rest of the process
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:45 AM   #2
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Looks like a good start. Where did you get them milled?
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:54 AM   #3
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stack with blocks in between each board in a covered area. As it dries the bark comes off easy by hand. Depending if you want a protective surface you could use poly. Or if you want to do it up really nice

https://www.stonecoatcountertops.com/

I like oiled wood. I dont mind dents and scratches in the wood from age. Teak oil, or danish oil has a bit of the poly mixed in it i believe. Boiled linseed oil stinks till it drys but is another option.

For a dining room table i would try the stone coat link.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:08 AM   #4
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It takes a little work, but sharpen an axe and use it like a spoke shave on the bark. I've done this to oak before.
I'd use oil, epoxy is okay, but if it chips it's not food safe.
I'd let it dry at least 6 months.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:26 AM   #5
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I have had good luck with poly in the past, not sure how cedar takes it. will let dry for 6 months. direct sunlight or shade or no difference?

milled with one of those Alaskan chainsaw bars
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:36 AM   #6
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pull the bark while they are still fresh...it'll rip right off. If you wait till they dry it's going to be a bear! Dry them stacked in a garage with spacers between them every foot or so, and weight the top with something like cinderblocks, bagged concrete etc. . It'll take a while, maybe 8-12 months?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:29 AM   #7
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I stacked mine on wood screeds and put a layer of bug killer under them. Turned them over every couple of months and waited a year.........
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:23 PM   #8
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I've used cedar, fresh off the mill, without any drying time.
If you're worried, get a moisture meter and check it.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:35 PM   #9
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I've used cedar, fresh off the mill, without any drying time.
If you're worried, get a moisture meter and check it.
oil/poly with no issue? sap?
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:58 PM   #10
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oil/poly with no issue? sap?
All of the above.
Cedar is pretty dry to start.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:29 PM   #11
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I've used cedar, fresh off the mill, without any drying time.
If you're worried, get a moisture meter and check it.
Really?

Like a picnic table style? or milled board glued together?
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:19 PM   #12
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Really?

Like a picnic table style? or milled board glued together?
Worked for me. Just used biscuits and support boards underneath. I used bar epoxy to finish.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:27 PM   #13
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Pressure washer will blow the bark off. I've made numerous beds and tables. It works great
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:52 PM   #14
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Default here's mine which I didnt dry

First pic is the wood when I got it.
2nd installing
3rd stained with tmp.
4th flood coat of crystal clear table top epoxy
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:15 PM   #15
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First pic is the wood when I got it.
2nd installing
3rd stained with tmp.
4th flood coat of crystal clear table top epoxy
final product
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did your pour your epoxy? I see you have a brush in the one picture. or did you just do the sides with the brush?
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:17 PM   #16
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Wow fantastic work, Talon.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:27 PM   #17
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did your pour your epoxy? I see you have a brush in the one picture. or did you just do the sides with the brush?
It was a pour my son in the pic is tackling the drippings.....btw thatís the first time Iíve ever done it! Thank god for you tube
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:38 PM   #18
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I have been working with cedar for 20 years. I use a pressure washer to debark before I mill the boards, but it works just as good after. I usually let mine dry 6-9 months, covered and spaced depending on the time of year. I use pocket screws for everything joinery wise and usually use crystal clear bar epoxy if thats the finish I am after. If not, I prefer teak oil as it has a lasting finish and only needs retouching about once a year.

I used to make a ton of furniture to sell but the market has subsided so I do not do it nearly as much anymore.

Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:18 PM   #19
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It was a pour my son in the pic is tackling the drippings.....btw thatís the first time Iíve ever done it! Thank god for you tube
Nice work!!

Thanks for posting this. I just picked up some cedar to build a table.

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I have been working with cedar for 20 years. I use a pressure washer to debark before I mill the boards, but it works just as good after. I usually let mine dry 6-9 months, covered and spaced depending on the time of year. I use pocket screws for everything joinery wise and usually use crystal clear bar epoxy if thats the finish I am after. If not, I prefer teak oil as it has a lasting finish and only needs retouching about once a year.

I used to make a ton of furniture to sell but the market has subsided so I do not do it nearly as much anymore.

Good luck!
I may be hitting you up for some pointers. I was planning on using biscuits and pocket screws fo my joinery. I watched a bunch of youtube videos, also. I think I have a pretty good grasp on what I need to do.
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