Ok, I have the log and I have the sawyer but now I have a couple of questions.
First, a quick background. Last year a friend of mine cut down a huge pear tree and I missed the opportunity to get it. So when the same friend said he was cutting down another one recently I jumped at the opportunity. It’s 100+ years old and the radius is about 20”. The cut trunk is about 11’ long. The cut ends look terrific and tight grained. But before I get it milled, a couple of questions occured to me.
What is the optimum thickness I should make the boards and what formula should I use to determine this. With the trunk described above, how should I dissect this thing to its maximum potential. I have no project in mind and am aware that it has to be stickered while I monitor it with a meter. But I also know that it has to be planked now.
I would think it makes good sense to keep the boards as thick as possible, thereby maximizing my design options down the road. By this I mean, if I cut 6/4 boards now, table legs would probably be out of the question later. If I cut 12/4 boards now, just about anything is possible. Could I basically cube the thing and then just rip pieces as I need them like a hunk of cheese? I realize that would not dry properly, but what thickness does? Does it change by tree type? What deterimines how I will decide all of this? I am sure that the sawyer will have suggestions but was wondering what you LJ’s thought.
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