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White poplar for board & batten
« on: April 07, 2020, 09:36:34 PM »
I have a good number of white poplar ( trembling aspen ) logs to be used for board & batten but the boards will only be used next year so I was wondering, would it be a good idea to cut the boards this year and have them dry or should I keep the logs whole and off the ground and dry to be milled next year. From what I've read, normally you cut the board and have them nail green.

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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 10:25:29 PM »
I'm sawing some white pine now that will dry for a coupla few months, then I'll plane it all flat and uniform when its time to install.
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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2020, 07:51:05 AM »
Better to cut and dry the boards rather than leave the logs lay for a long time as some bad things can happen to the logs like deep cracks and splits and some rot could develop in the sapwood. 
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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 09:42:35 PM »
I think I'm going to take care of milling the logs this year as suggested and cut them a little thicker @ 1-1/8" ish. This will give me good experience and what to expect for any future jobs. Thanks for all the info.

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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 10:30:38 PM »
Saw them now, dry them, use them later.  IMO it takes the risk out of the situation.  
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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 11:11:17 PM »
Poplar is so prone to blue stain, that you should saw promptly and then stack, with a roof, in a fast drying location.
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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 07:56:38 PM »
Looks like I'm not sawing as fast as I should being I still have to set my new sawmill. Happy the weather is still cold for some time...

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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2020, 11:02:40 PM »
Has anyone mentioned Westwood in aspen to you?  This is a bacterial infection in the tree, usually in the bottom log,  that causes an obnoxious odor, Higher than normal moisture, slow drying, and collapse.  It is very weak compared to uninflected wood.  Etc.
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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2020, 07:36:14 PM »
I have cut lots of trees and found some of them to be punky in the centre of the logs if that's what you're referring to. ( ? ) Not sure what's the cause of it is.

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Re: White poplar for board & batten
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2020, 08:52:25 PM »
Punky wood is from decay fungi.

Bacteria increase the moisture content.  You can often see wood that looks super wet.  The wood gets much heavier.  In some species, the logs no longer float.
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