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Found some nice cherry today

The wood gods must be looking after me. I'm working on a fireman buddy of mine's house right now and he asked me if I wanted some walnut logs. I said sure, I'll bring my chainsaw next day. When I made my first cut, I realized it wasn't walnut, but cherry. The tree had been cut last year, but hadn't started to crack or check. The diameter was 19-20". I cut up about 10-12' of it, cut those logs in half, a couple in quarters, then loaded up my van. Once I got home, I dusted them off with an air nozzle, then applied anchorseal to all the cut edges. It's getting crowded under my boat now. I ended up with 20 chunks all together. There was a nice crotch log that ended up as two nice halves. There is about 3-4 times what I took today left. So I'll bring some more home in the next week or so. Future bowls and peppermills.
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Great score mike. Looks like it has some nice figure to it. And that's a great place to store wood, especially at this time of year.

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Better UNDER the boat than IN it!
Congrats on the find.
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Hi Mike
Great score between this cherry and your other haul of elders
Two questions for you and others.
I acquired two 10" cherry logs the other day approx 2 years old
One's split open almost the full length of the 4' log the other hasn't split but has checks that indicate it's drying in the same fashion.
1.)What would you suggest as how to process and prep these logs or is it too late for these to become useful for turning.
2.)the logs you have under the boat are huge. How do you see yourself processing those I.e. how many bowls out of each and do you cut them up into smaller pieces?

I always wonder what to do when I get chunks of wood. I've had minimal success with rounding and turning 1/2 logs.

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Tom,
whenever I get a log now, I try to cut it up into some size that is close to usuable and seal all the cut surfaces with anchorseal. At the first opportunity, I will take those 1/2 log pieces and cut them on the bandsaw into round bowl blanks. Biggest I can turn is just under 16". I will reseal the cut edges and at the first chance I get, rough turn the blanks and put each into a paper grocery bag. The blanks that aren't going to be bowls will be cut into usable sizes for peppermills, vessels, etc. They will be resealed, then set aside to dry. I have found that when you get a log, the best thing you can do is to cut it into sizes close to what you think you are going to use and seal them. If you let a log just sit around, even with the ends sealed, you stand a pretty good chance it will crack. As far as your log that's got some cracking already, cut into it and see what size pieces you can get out of it by working around the cracks. Most of the larger bowls I post pics of on here come from logs like this.
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sighs.....I need more friends with wood to throw my way....lol.....
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Nice score mike
I love cherry
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Mike, you are one lucky woodturner

If a 12x12x5 piece of that cherr-ee
were to fall into a large flat rate box addressed to me
oh, how happy I would be
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Tom,
whenever I get a log now, I try to cut it up into some size that is close to usuable and seal all the cut surfaces with anchorseal. At the first opportunity, I will take those 1/2 log pieces and cut them on the bandsaw into round bowl blanks. Biggest I can turn is just under 16". I will reseal the cut edges and at the first chance I get, rough turn the blanks and put each into a paper grocery bag. The blanks that aren't going to be bowls will be cut into usable sizes for peppermills, vessels, etc. They will be resealed, then set aside to dry. I have found that when you get a log, the best thing you can do is to cut it into sizes close to what you think you are going to use and seal them. If you let a log just sit around, even with the ends sealed, you stand a pretty good chance it will crack. As far as your log that's got some cracking already, cut into it and see what size pieces you can get out of it by working around the cracks. Most of the larger bowls I post pics of on here come from logs like this.
Mike Hawkins
Thanks for the advice, Mike.
Guess I'll get after it and start cutting it into usable pieces.
Looks like a visit to Rockler for some Anchorseal.
Do you know if other places sell Anchor? HD or Lowes or paint stores?
Rockler is sooooo overpriced on stuff. I'm a cheap bastard ya know?

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Nice batch of cherry Mike. I got (bought) 96BF of cherry last week. I have it under my deck which is dry and on concrete with the ends sealed. I used SealTite which I believe is actually Anchor Seal 2. I want to cut some blanks for mills and bowls. Going to try and dry in a home made kiln. My neighbor is giving me an old upright freezes and I have a thermostat that will control temp up to 110 degrees F. Any advise on how to dry? I don't want to wait years for it to dry. I know I can turn the bowls green but not the mills.
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Looks like a visit to Rockler for some Anchorseal.
Do you know if other places sell Anchor? HD or Lowes or paint stores?
Rockler is sooooo overpriced on stuff. I'm a cheap bastard ya know?
Is there a woodturning club in your neck of the woods?

The one I go to has a "supplies secretary" who manages the bulk-purchase and distribution of CA glue, Anchorseal, etc., at significantly cheaper prices than the stores sell it at.

If you ever get down this way I'll make sure to have a spare gallon, I think our rate is $10/gall. ("This way" being "the northern suburbs of Boston".)

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Where I buy my end sealer they have their own brand. I happen to be in back of the store (warehouse area) and they had a 55gal drum of Anchor Seal 2 and a bunch of empty one gallon jugs. They also had a 55 gal drum of Tite bond glue as they have their own house brand of wood glue.
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Nice batch of cherry Mike. I got (bought) 96BF of cherry last week. I have it under my deck which is dry and on concrete with the ends sealed. I used SealTite which I believe is actually Anchor Seal 2. I want to cut some blanks for mills and bowls. Going to try and dry in a home made kiln. My neighbor is giving me an old upright freezes and I have a thermostat that will control temp up to 110 degrees F. Any advise on how to dry? I don't want to wait years for it to dry. I know I can turn the bowls green but not the mills.
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I haven't really tried to dry anything in a kiln, so I can't offer much there. I would say to maybe try one piece and see what happens before you load it up. Let us know what happens.
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Thanks for the advice, Mike.
Guess I'll get after it and start cutting it into usable pieces.
Looks like a visit to Rockler for some Anchorseal.
Do you know if other places sell Anchor? HD or Lowes or paint stores?
Rockler is sooooo overpriced on stuff. I'm a cheap bastard ya know?
TC,
I don't think HD or Lowes has it, but then again, I never looked that hard. I get mine like Dunc, through our turning club.
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I don't think HD or Lowes has it, but then again, I never looked that hard. I get mine like Dunc, through our turning club.
Mike
You're right..they don't but they'll sell you some acrylic poly....????

I checked out Rockler at $23.00/ gallon........

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Very nice haul on the cherry. Store it and turn it.
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