This week in urban logging #6: 2 blogs in one week (big log, be careful what you wish for)

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 08-09-2008 03:07 PM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a follow up from earlier in the week. I started milling some of the logs from that blog. I currently have others I am getting backed up on (too many oaks and honeylocust) but am low on cherry so I decided to mill some of it. Turned out very nice, small but nice.

One 12 foot log milled and ready to be moved to the drying stacks

I really got a great stack of almost perfect cherry boards. I am pleased. (400 bft ? and did not mill them all yet)

The walnut like I said was a little strange, but hey I like strange. I only milled one of those. It was so crooked I had to cut it in short pieces to get anything good. Here is a shot of one of the crotches.

The real reason for this blog entry. The cherries where beauties…this is a beast. I had told the tree service if he was removing any large sycamore I wanted one to 1/4 saw. So he calls “I have a biggy we are taking down, want it?” I asked how big. He said 34” or so. Perfect, that will fit on the mill nicely…
Well he brought 4 logs. The smallest was 34” on the small end. The biggest (in the picture) is 50”. Oh boy, someone has their work cut out for them. That one log weighs 6000 lbs. I have to 1/4 it with my chainsaw to even get it on the mill, not really a fun job in August. Oh well with proper planning/milling I should get some massive 1/4 sawn sycamore boards. Enjoy. I will post pictures of the lumber soon hopefully. I was able to just barely get the little log (not in the picture) on the mill last night. I will be sawing it, weather permitting, early next week.

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#1 posted 08-09-2008 03:14 PM


Now, THAT is a lumber score!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 08-09-2008 04:06 PM

Great stuff Daren. Thanks for the post.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 08-09-2008 04:31 PM

Unimaginable what that QS Sycamore will look like. Thanks for another drooler.

Oh, and Steve…this one’s for you:

He’ll tease you
He’ll unease you
Just to please ya
He’s got Homer Simpson eyes
He’ll expose you, when he snows you
He knows ya
He’s got Homer Simpson eyes

tip of the hat to Kim Carnes — where ever you are

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 08-09-2008 05:29 PM


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 08-09-2008 07:23 PM

LOL! Too funny!

Daren, not only do you bring out the best in wood but you bring out the best in humor with these guys… or is that g’eyes?!

And yeah, where is Kim Carnes…?

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Daren Nelson

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#6 posted 08-09-2008 08:08 PM

Here is the “baby” log on the mill. I have a 34” inseam for scale.

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#7 posted 08-09-2008 08:20 PM

Great stuff. Wish there were more cherry’s around here…

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 08-10-2008 03:56 AM

This is a nice stash of lumber, especially the cherry. I can imagine there are some gorgeous projects in there.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Daren Nelson

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#9 posted 08-11-2008 02:20 AM

I milled that one today. I guess this will work ;)

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#10 posted 08-11-2008 03:07 AM

Very nice! Wished I lived nearby!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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