I just aquired three oak logs from a neighbor behind me. I called the tree
company that was doing the job and asked him if i could get the logs cut
into 12 foot lengths. He had already cut into 11 foot and were about 36" in
dia..I asked how much he wanted for them and he said I could have them FREE.
Took the big truck over there and he loaded them on the truck. I will be
getting two maple logs about 24" and 12 foot long. My question is do I need
to paint the ends and what paint do I use.....Brian
If you're not going to mill the logs immediately, yes, paint the ends. I'd use
aluminum roof paint: it's reasonably cheap and fairly close to water proof when
laid on heavily enough.
You want to slow down drying as much as you can.
Get the logs milled into boards as soon as you decide what sizes you
want...and, of course, find a sawyer.
"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a
pleasure." Ambrose Bierce
Use any leftover paint you have around the garage. I get wood all the time
from city and private landscapers. I have a few old gallons of latex and
oil based paints. I just use whichever one I want to get rid of the can.
You do not need special paint. I do 3 coats of paint on the ends. I have
used this process for years and I get logs all times of the year. The hard
part was remembering when I received the logs or when they were felled. Now
I use a permanent marker and put the date on the ends. No guessing now. My
last few logs I acquired was a Chestnut and walnut tree a few months back.
They will sit till spring under a tarp off the ground on old cement blocks
outside until then. My neighbors are always giving me large logs also as
they always hear me in the shop/garage making sawdust. I think I fill up a
dumpster a week with sawdust from the logs. Although I give it away free as
mulch to anyone that wants it. I have my own portable bandsaw for sawing
logs, bought it from a saw mill that went out of business years ago and it
fits on a small 6 X 8 trailer. My longest logs are 10 feet.
Don't let the logs dry. Sawmill them wet and paint the ends of the
resulting boards and let them air dry. It's worked for me in the past.
Don't know how it would have compared with kiln dry. I do know that
science argues against trying to let the logs dry though. Get them cut
soon. Paint the ends and dry at leisure.
Brian In Hampton wrote:
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