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Thread: Putting a Magnolia Piece on "Hold"

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    Putting a Magnolia Piece on "Hold"

    If you live in North Carolina know it is hot and humid right now. My shop has no ac so I cant turn much right now.I want to do what I need to to "save" this until cooler temps....(Sept-Oct preferably)I will seal the end grain with anchor seal,and put in a shaded area off the ground behind the shop for now but still wonder about splitting/checking.I turn a lot of green wood but this one caught me at the wrong time of yr. Any suggestions other than sealing end grain?

    Its not a great big piece but I should be able to get 2 nice crotch pieces out of it

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    Mike not sure about this, but have read you can put it in the freezer and will keep for a long time. Like i said never tried it and not sure it even works, but it might be worth a try. Would cut to blank size if i was to try this.

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    Try cutting it to blank size then dump it into a barrel of water. Put in a little dish soap to keep out the critters.

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    Might would work but my lil freezer is full.

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    I can sympathize with the heat and humidity. Here in North Central Texas we have the same problem. My shop does not have AC either. I survive turning this time of year by having some high volume fans blowing all the time. That helps a lot. I have a little digital thermometer by my lathe and I do stop when it says it's around 98. With the fans going and under cover and it's 98? Time to stop for sure. On the checking all I have ever done is either paint the end with that anchor seal or most of the time just thick coat of paint. I use different colors of paint for each type of wood. That is if I think the wood's going to be around that long. If the wood is real green then it is full of moisture. It seems to me that putting the wood in the freezer would freeze the moisture in the wood, which would then expand in the wood, causing problems. At least that is what I think would possibly happen. For long term storage I'd go with the old tried and true methods that you suggested to start with.

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    I'd be tempted to turn in the evening when the temps are down and rough out what I want to save. That way you are getting rid of the bark, which attracts bugs and the unusable branches and finding out right away if the nice crotch figure you expect is really there. Either that or rough cut the blanks into rounds and slices and coat the whole thing in Anchorseal. The sooner you process it the less likely it is to attract a blue stain fungus that will turn the wood gray.
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    I think you're on the right track. My only other suggestion would be a gathering at your place to help clean out that freezer.
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    I'll try and come help with that as long as there are M&M's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hoskins View Post
    I'll try and come help with that as long as there are M&M's.
    Leave my M&M's alone Dave!!
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    Hmmmm no M & Ms but wife did cook some brownies yesterday but yikes they are 'bout gone.. I did go ahead yesterday and rough out the 2 pieces from the trunk that I wanted to save.I looked like a sawdust monster with all this humidity but it is done.Thanks guys for all the info!!!

    I didnt notice the "feather" in these 2 pieces like I did in some maple I turned a while back. Maybe it just doesnt show or isnt there in some species?

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