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A quick tip about working with green lumber

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I had not done much research about working with green lumber before picking up this log from UofC. Green lumber means that its still wet, this web its not too difficult to cut the wood when its wet however its not as smooth of a cut either. It dries very quickly and starts to crack so if you cant finish your project in one go, injection your going to want to consider a temporary sealing agent for your lumber. Your going to require something that is non toxic so you can sand off your sealer when you want to work on your wood again. Elmer’s glue is a great temporary or long term sealer. If you want a temporary seal your wood, water down the glue quite a bit and make sure your wood is clean and dust free. Apply a thin coat and let dry. This will keep the moisture in your wood and will be easy to sand off before you apply a finish to your wood. If you plan on drying your wood outside over the course of a season then do not water down your glue. Apply thick coats. If you accidentally apply a thick coat of glue on wood that you meant to temporarily seal, like I did, sanding is going to be a little bit a nightmare. However, its not impossible, the key is to keep switching your sandpaper as it gunk’s up with glue.

 

Asma