Sawing Logs After Checking Occurs

      Badly checked logs should be dried and sawn first, then end-trimmed as boards. December 1, 2005

I got a bunch of logs - maple, beech, cherry, birch, basswood - and they are all pretty well checked on the ends, so I'll have a fair amount of waste. I do not know how old the logs are. My plan was to mill them, air dry, take them to the kiln guy, bring them home, then cut off the checked ends. Am I making a mistake? Should I be cutting off the ends of the logs now and Anchorsealing, before milling and drying? Or has the damage already been done?

Forum Responses
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
Hard to say without looking at them, but it is likely that you should saw them now and trim later.

From contributor T:
Won't the checking get worse if he saws and dries them, then trims? I thought you should always remove all checks before drying the lumber. Is this not true anymore?

From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
It sounds to me like the checking is fairly bad already and therefore it will not get worse. If you trim now, it is possible that you will either over-trim or will not get all the checking (under trim) and then checks will develop in the lumber. End coating prevents new checks and prevents very small ones from getting worse, but does not help badly checked wood.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Primary Processing

  • KnowledgeBase: Primary Processing: Air Drying Lumber

  • KnowledgeBase: Primary Processing: Sawmilling

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2016 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article