Chain saw milling....I hope...LOL! #1: The limbs just fell from my walnut tree...with a little help

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 09-19-2014 12:46 AM 2637 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Those of you that have followed some of my ramblings know that I have a dream of harvesting the wood from the compost site in my county. I’m starting about 30 years too late but against some very excellent advice from some competent LJ’s last winter I purchased a 50 cc 20 inch Poulan Pro and a all steel construction chain saw mill from eBay.

Dallas gave me some professional advice on what where when and how that I have been digesting. Being a Woosie I bought Kevlar chaps and gloves and steel toed boots.

My plan was to do some practice cutting on aquired limbs that were trimmed off my maple tree as they have been sitting around way to long. But first I tasked myself to rehabbing and maintenance on my neglected second story windows. I’m in the middle of rehabbing my last for this season. Next was the chain saw mill practice.

We get to the title of this blog….as my neighbor bought a new camper with a slide out section. Has to be as big as a living room, and it replaces his smaller older one. Problem! He now has to get around a limb on my walnut tree and a neighbor who thinks the alley (grassy alley) is his private parking area. This hampers my other neighbor in parking his small land yacht. SOOOOO this is where I come in.

One of my two walnut trees is at the edge of the alley. There are limbs that a being sloughed off as last year one dropped luckily in an empty area. Being originally a city boy this is my first experience with something like this. There was a limb I planned to cut using my two story ladder that over hung my neighbor’s (The guy who parks his vehicles in the alley) garage. ( Can you say liability? I thought you could.)

Fate( God if you like) Intervened as my Neighbor who parks his land yacht asked if he could cut a limb that was blocking his camper’s movement now. I think ”Wow that’s the dying limb I was going to cut.” I say “Yep!” he has a friend who will cut it down.

Today there was a knock on the back porch door. ”My friend’s here.” The friend has a boom truck! I added some to the kitty to pay the guy. We cut the limb all the way back to the trunk in sections. The top of the branches were lopped and removed carefully away from the neighbor’s garage and I requested the cuts be at the change points. The top of the branches was mostly white wood for cambium and strength and the lower part mostly heartwood . My camper neighbor will be using the solid branches for firewood when he goes camping and I got what you see in the pictures below.

Never thought this would happen!

Now I have to finish my window and set up my chainsaw mill.

The fun ? begins…........LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 01:05 AM

Limb wood is not usually used for furniture building as it has way too much residual stress built in.
Be careful ripping this stuff, it can get dangerous.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 01:06 AM

be careful my friend.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 01:14 AM

I’m glad to hear you have bought protective gear Tom, in this case I think a suit of Armor might be more appropriate! There looks to be a lot of twist in those branches, take care.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 01:56 AM

wow tom, those are some beauties, i sure hope you have a great time milling these up, now remember, this is real wood you will have now, which means you must make a lot of some projects…you got it…remember to dry this wood the proper way and cut it about 6/4…gives you what you need to plane it …have fun, im so glad you didnt get on that ladder, that and running chainsaws is real real trouble…:)...yea liability…now you write that 500 times…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 01:59 AM


Thanks. Its a long way from furniture.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 02:00 AM


I did say “Woosie.’ I will be VERY CAREFUL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 02:03 AM


It will probably go into small practice pieces. Planning on cutting it at tension points.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 02:07 AM


There is a lot of heart ( literal and figurative) in this wood! LOL! It didn’t come down without a struggle It took the chain saw and the hydraulics of the lift with it. It sprung a leak, and the chain on the saw gave up and had to be replaced.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 02:07 AM

Tom, as soon as possible coat the ends of the logs to prevent end checking. Anchorseal is best, but latex paint that is past its prime will work if you glop it on thick, I mean really 3D.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 02:23 AM


I see you have the Alaskan mill! Thanks for the suggestion. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 09:51 AM

You are heading down the road to an even worse addiction. Welcome to our world. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 09-19-2014 05:29 PM


Thanks for stopping. You are an inspiration. My fantasy has always been what you do. The draw back is money for equipment. Don’t know if I am up to it as I sit on my butt for my work, and it pays the bills…barely.

I figured this is my minimum expense, and I will see if I can do more than think and talk about it. Might not get anywhere near close to acquiring some decent dry woods in my life, but I will taste the experience. Still have some aged ash and oak laying under other material to do some immediate projects, and I have aged milled pine everywhere to practice on this winter.

We’ll see?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 09-20-2014 12:05 AM

Best of luck with the chainsaw milling. That crooked log needs to be firewood but that crotch should make some pretty slices.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 09-20-2014 12:55 AM

Thanks Andy,

The crooked log won’t be a straight cut. Gonna play with it. Not going to be furniture as it probably would walk away. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 09-21-2014 12:50 PM

Oh you have some treasure there Tom, that Walnut is hard to come by here in Texas.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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