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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2014, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from the lone star.

Hi y'all, my name is Kevin from Plano Tx. And I'm happy I found this forum.

I've got a question about preserving green wood.

As a hobby I make knives and buy my handle material from a guy in south texas.

My neighbor had a huge hackberry tree cut down on Wednesday and I was able to get a bunch of spalted logs from it, I need to prepare them and realize it could be a year or so before I'm able to use the wood for handles.

How should I do this? I'm going to Woodcraft today to get some anchorseal to cover the ends. Any other advice would be appreciated.

Some pics of the logs.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-28-2014, 03:31 PM
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Just coat the ends with anchor seal and wait at least a year for every inch thickness the wood is.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-30-2014, 10:34 PM
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Welcome Kevin! Nice Hackberry! (only woodworkers will say that---all my coffee buddies have not nice things to say about Hackberry)
I'm 5-6 hrs south of you.
I use Hackberry occasionally for turning. Anchorseal is just fine. Don't leave the wood outside on the ground--it can/does rot quickly and there are some beetles that have rather large grubs that really like Hackberry--maybe you're lucky and they haven't found your stash yet.

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Everyday--learning to liberate nice things from ordinary chunks of wood
and I like gnarly wood--outcome is always better than the start.
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Hackberry commonly has splayed figure and although very dusty to work works nicely. Stack it about a foot off the ground on a frame of treated lumber. Sticker it about every 12 to 16 inches and cover it with some roofing tin or a good tarp. Leave the sides open so air can pass through. Hackberry can stain easily from the stickers so try and use oak or ash for stickers. I got about 400 bdft earlier this year. And one of the first hardwood trees I ever had cut and dried was hackberry. I've built a couple if hope chests and other stuff with it. The last project I used it for was a trio of cabinets for my woodworking books and magazines and a media center.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-02-2014, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments.

I had to cut it up so I could store it, I ended up cutting it into blocks and coated all of the blocks in anchorseal. I hope it works.

I figure in about 6 months I'll cut the blocks into smaller pieces so maybe it'll dry quicker.

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