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Hello Everyone,

I'm going to be replacing my old mantle with a new one. I picked up a Douglas Fir beam from a second hand lumber store. Dimensions are 12x6x8. It's currently a little long and a little deep, I was going to cut to length with a chainsaw and rip to width with a table saw. My big questions is does the beam have to be complete dry to begin working with it? I plan to use the Shou Sugi Ban technique and put some sort of protective coating on it. The beam is checked already so it is not completely green but it is also no kiln dried.

Any suggestions on coatings to use? it is above an active wood burning stove.

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