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Drying a log

Lee Ohmart
Some time ago, I promised my two children that I would build them a sit-on cribbage table just like the one I had that had been passed down to me by my father. It essentially is a pine log cut I half on a bias with one thick end and one thinner end. The thicker end has two legs an the thinner end has one. I had at one time acquired a log that ended up being beetle chewed so it became kindling. Recently, a neighbor cut down a white pine and he gave me a 6 foot section. So there is the question. Do I latex paint the ends and let it sit in the shop for 6 months before I slice it in half or slice it now, paint up all the exposed wood and let it dry like that?

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