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Ken Davis
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Oct 6th, 2017 at 10:57pm
 
I received 15 large Elm logs from my BIL a few days ago. Normally when I get some wood, I cut the pith out with a chainsaw and into blanks, then coat the ends with anchorseal then store it in my garage.
Well this stuff is huge, or huge to me, most of it is 24-28" across and 30-32" long. I did cut 3 logs up today and coated and put them up, but I really have no room for more.

My question is, how long can this sit out in the weather, how bad does elm check if left out like this. There is quite a bit of checking already, but it wasnt deep on the ones I cut up today. The elm was cut down about a month ago, it was alive and well when they cut it down, but I guess it didnt fit in the subdivisions plans.
What would you guys do with this?
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Reply #1 - Oct 7th, 2017 at 8:46am
 
I would leave the logs as long as possible and coat the ends. I don't have a lot of storage space, either, so I lay them horizontally on stickers and cover them loosely with a tarp. The ends will check, but leaving them long still lets me get a good crop of bowl blanks from them.
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Reply #2 - Oct 7th, 2017 at 10:22am
 
I've had success with exactly as Grant has described...good luck.
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Reply #3 - Oct 7th, 2017 at 4:01pm
 
Thanks, I just need more anchorseal, will pick some up and cover with a tarp. I hadnt thought of the tarp.
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Reply #4 - Oct 7th, 2017 at 7:19pm
 
According to Bruce Hoadley, American Elm has interlocking grain - the tree alternates very few years spiraling clockwise and counterclockwise as it grows.  The log laughs at hydraulic splitters, and 6" and 8" spheres I turned developed minimal checking.  It is very pretty grain.  Not sure if any of this applies to other varieties of elm.
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Re: Wood dilemma
Reply #5 - Oct 7th, 2017 at 9:57pm
 
Ken, Dutch Elm is the same, it's just impossible to get a large block of it nowadays. The Dutch Elm Decease (DED) has killed most of the large trees years ago, there has been a new crop of trees start growing a few years back, they got to be a descent size about 14-16" in diameter. Then two years back, you could see them start to die off again. The DED seems to be back, maybe it's never left. There'still a few trees left standing, they're all dead, I'm just waiting for the bark to fall off. I was told I would get better turning stock, if I left it that way.   
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Reply #6 - Oct 8th, 2017 at 12:21pm
 
Ken: the added thing you may want to try is to add a plastic bag to the equation. I've not done this, but I've read of guys coating the log ends with either anchorseal or latex paint, then sliding a thin plastic shopping bag over the end of the log and pressing the plastic into the wet sealer. The sealer dries with the plastic solidly embedded in it, forming a very solid seal.
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Re: Wood dilemma
Reply #7 - Oct 8th, 2017 at 2:49pm
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Oct 7th, 2017 at 8:46am:
I would leave the logs as long as possible and coat the ends. I don't have a lot of storage space, either, so I lay them horizontally on stickers and cover them loosely with a tarp. The ends will check, but leaving them long still lets me get a good crop of bowl blanks from them.



What Grant said.  I have had people deliver logs to my house and I coated the ends and left them for a month and recoated the ends again.  I still have two sitting now for 3 years, but the only thing to worry about is Ants.
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Reply #8 - Oct 8th, 2017 at 3:50pm
 
Arlin

I'd be very curious to hear what you find after cutting off a couple sections of log and turning, and what the wood is.  My expectation is that there will be checks the length of the logs from drying - won't logs will dry out through the surface, just more slowly than through uncoated ends?

Once I cut off a couple blanks from a just dropped tree that had been standing dead for a couple years.  No checks or cracks were visible on the surface or on the wood until I started hollowing the inside, at which cracks immediately opened up on each side of the rim.   Tried two blanks without success and threw the rest away.
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Re: Wood dilemma
Reply #9 - Oct 8th, 2017 at 8:41pm
 
Ken, I think rolling them into your pond is the only way to ensure they don't split !

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