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John Nordyke
04-05-2018, 7:11 PM
I just brought home a pickup load of boards from a local sawyer. All the wood is rough cut (bandsaw mill) and has been air dried under tin for about 2 years, he says. I am putting these boards inside my woodworking shop now (concrete floor), stacking and stickering it. My question is whether now is the time to chop off the checking/splitting on board ends and seal the ends, or just leave as-is until I am ready to use it.

In case the dimensions/species makes a difference in the answer:

I have walnut slabs with one live edge, 3 inch thick, 6 foot long, 18-24 inches wide
I have walnut billets 3 inch thick, 6 foot long, 10 inches wide
I have cherry 1x boards 6-10 inches wide
I have white oak 1x boards 6-10 inches wide

Thanks in advance for advice.

George Bokros
04-05-2018, 10:00 PM
I would not cut off until I am ready to use the wood.

Scott T Smith
04-05-2018, 11:55 PM
Once the wood is dry there is no benefit to end sealing. Personally I would leave it as is until you need it.

John Nordyke
04-06-2018, 8:51 AM
Thanks for the feedback