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Advice on drying cedar poles

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  1. Jean W

    Jean W New Member

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    I’m going to be clearing a bunch of smaller cedar trees roughly 6” & under in diameter, I’d like use them to make natural railing by my walk and possibly, if there’s enough, a natural pergola. I have no clue what needs to be done to dry them properly. Any help would be seriously appreciated Thsnk you
     
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    BranchManagr ArboristSite Lurker

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    I would normally use the trunk for woodwork, but I think the idea of using the branches is great.

    a) Because they grow densely in a J-shape I'd assume to make the natural railing WHILE WET and tie / tension them on a wooden frame & allow to dry in the sun. (Just like black-wattle natural railings).
    b) The trunks could just be cut to the length of the finished product (eg.6'ft or 8'ft) plus 1"inch and then stored on a Drop sheet/ Damp Proof Plastic in a shed in the /\ vertical position, to airate/ dry with the bark on.
    c) The finished product would be when all the gummy/sticky resin has crystallised/hardened, enough for you to push one side through the sanding machine to be D-shaped.
     
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    Peel em and set them aside for a while. They make dandy posts.
     

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