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Can You Cut Wood After It Has Been Waterlogged

Or is it recommended to have everything done before soaking?

I've cut down my manzanita to where I'm content with most of its shape. But I'm undecided on a few areas. Kind of want to get started on the soaking process ASAP.
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It will probably end up being a splintered ugly cut...
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Depends what you use!
It certainly wont be splintered, mushy wood will clog your saw and you'll get a very fuzzy cut.
But you can cut it after for sure.

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Depends on how much trouble you want to go to as the wood does get somewhat more difficult. As mentioned it can bind the saw if using a handsaw, so a powersaw moved very slowly has a better chance of not grabbing and splintering. One way to reduce the potential splintering is to tightly wrap the wood with something to hold the fibers together. Grinding the ends is also a way to do the job.
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I cut a 4" diameter piece of mopani drift wood that had been in my tank for a year. Boy, was it dense! I used a standard hand saw. The cut took a while but came out very smooth.
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I recently snipped some smaller branches off of some ancient manzanita. I used large branch clippers for snipping tree limbs and my cuts came out perfectly clean, even on the softest feeling branches.
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I like to smooth down saw marks on driftwood in order to maintain a more natural look. I use sandpaper, chisels, carving knives, and a dremel tool. In my experience, all of these tools are very difficult to use on soaked wood. Everything gets kind of mushy.
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