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First time slabbing today and I wanted to capture the experience. I absolutely loved the process and  look forward to doing more. Feels really rewarding to make use of wood from a tree where the results will be around for years to enjoy. I plan to turn the slabs into tables tops, chunky shelves and chopping boards.

 

Thanks, Dan.

 

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1 hour ago, Gardenscape said:

Hey,

 

First time slabbing today and I wanted to capture the experience. I absolutely loved the process and  look forward to doing more. Feels really rewarding to make use of wood from a tree where the results will be around for years to enjoy. I plan to turn the slabs into tables tops, chunky shelves and chopping boards.

 

Thanks, Dan.

 

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Photo number 6 is the only problem with domestic garden timber !!!!

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Great job Dan
You’ll need some 20mm square slats for putting between the slabs to dry.
Otherwise all looks good
Yeah as Spuddog says.
Get your logs from a forester,
Nail free and good quality

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Totally agree with spud, the trunk was riddled with nails further up the trunk where the birdbox was. I was amazed that I only hit the one. I'll get a load of slats ready for next time. This is all new to me. ?

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@Gardenscape  good effort  always good to start nice n new shiney, nails just seem to be the main issue milling  K

It’s garden/non forest trees which always have nails.
I’ve been buying more and more from foresters and extracting my own from woodlands.
The olive ash 2x pieces 10’ x 20” we cut recently was about 16-18 cuts. Didn’t sharpen the chain once.
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11 hours ago, Gardenscape said:

Hey,

 

First time slabbing today and I wanted to capture the experience. I absolutely loved the process and  look forward to doing more. Feels really rewarding to make use of wood from a tree where the results will be around for years to enjoy. I plan to turn the slabs into tables tops, chunky shelves and chopping boards.

 

Thanks, Dan.

 

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That's a nice short butt, almost a shame to cut it TT.

 

It's not likely an issue for the next month but, as RHewn has said, you want thinner softwood seasoned stickers. Also have the stickers strictly vertical above each other and I would have them in line with both ends and the ends painted (because by summer you don't want moisture loss from the ends to be much greater than overall moisture loss) and  some heavy weights on the top (I am not a fan of straps).

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In terms of painting the ends what would you recommend? Also, a slab this size what is the average seasoning time here in the UK ? They are 1 to 2 inch thick.
I am a beginner miller too, but I use watered down pva glue on the ends, 2 or 3 coats. I think the quoted drying times are 1yr per inch plus a year. Although I made a picnic bench with fresh slabs this year and its not warped at all. Surprisingly.

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It’s an inch per year from the centre to the outside in perfect conditions.
The further from perfect the longer it takes.
It’s all about air flow, temperature is almost irrelevant.

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