Well, my brother in-law and I decided to cut down a couple of trees this weekend on my property, and one is a nice-sized white pine (about 20" diameter). We cut it up into 8' pieces and I'm thinking if I can find a guy up here with a sawmill I can have it ripped into 4' slabs and piece them together to make a sweet solid pine bar!
I wanted to pick you guys' brains to see what kind of prep work I need to do on the logs before (or after) sawing.
Do I need to let them sit on blocks under a tarp to dry for a while or can I have them sawn wet and then dried?
What is the best way to dry that will leave the bark intact? I want a rustic pine bar with the knots, bark, and all.
I cut this tree down in the spring, meaning it has sap. Is this a good or bad thing?
Thanks for the input and I'll keep U posted as it happens!