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Blog entry by Dorje posted 2473 days ago 1392 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, just some text at this point – but I can’t slow my heart rate down at the thought of what’s happening next door. A major maple – which looks like it may have some serious figure – is coming down. I’ve been offered the bole (the main trunk from the base to the crotch), which is about 10-12 feet long, and a couple sections of major limbs from the crotch up a ways. The arborist says he’ll need to cut the bole in two…I’d like it left as long as possible, but who am I to complain?

I’ve already accepted and will now be responsible for removing the wood…

Only thing is…can I do it with my 20” 50cc chainsaw and “small” log mill? We’ll see! It’s going to be a lot of work for that little saw! probably not the smartest thing to do!

Will I have to hire a sawyer with a larger chainsaw mill? It’s not accessible for a bandsaw mill to get to it – nor would it be easy to get the logs out – though maybe with a crane. Don’t think I’d want to hire a crane.

Where will I air dry the flitches? I live in the city after all…

I may be getting in over my head here! But, how could I be reasonable at a time like this?

The tree will be down on Friday – I’ll try to get some pictures this weekend…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2473 days ago

Sounds interesting, Dorje. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2473 days ago

I can feel your excitement!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 2473 days ago

What a find! Maybe you could rent a bigger saw for an afternoon? I’m excited for you.

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

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scottb

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#4 posted 2473 days ago

ahh, nothing like the sound of free lumber in the morning!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Karson

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#5 posted 2473 days ago

Grate grab Dorje, Hope it doesn’t become a nightmare.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2473 days ago

Wow. I’m excited for you. Should be a fun adventure.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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woodchips

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#7 posted 2473 days ago

Dorje,
i think Douglas had a great idea with the saw rental idea. you can probably get a pretty large stihl for less than $50 a day, that would do the trick, more than likely.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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Dorje

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#8 posted 2473 days ago

Ahhhh! Right guys! I wasn’t thinking of renting a large saw myself, but that’s a really good idea., The only hitch/question is: would the rental outfits have the milling attachment? I’m guessing not, but I could call around. I’ve actually thought that my little mill might actually work okay on a bigger saw, just would be as safe with the nose of the bar sticking out beyond the mill – but my hunch is that I could get a way with it fairly safely.

I was only thinking that I should try to track down a sawyer for hire with the right equipment – but I really want to do this on my own (or with a friend of course!)...so appreciate the suggestion of rentng a saw.

Also, after this post I recalled that a friend has a 36” set-up -that hasn’t been run in a few years to my knowledge – and I’m not sure he’d want to loan it to me, but won’t hurt to ask.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Blake

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#9 posted 2473 days ago

This would be a great think to start a blog on, the whole milling/drying process. Could you start a series on it and include lots of pictures to document the journey? Once in a while a prized tree falls near my place and I have never known what to do about it. Let us know what you learn.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 2473 days ago

Dorje, I’m not one-hundred percent sure of your mechanical capabilities (except that I’m sure they exceed my own).
Perhaps you could help your buddy fire his saw up and tune it a bit (I hope he drained it/used Stabil) in exchange for a loan of it’s use. Just an angle… I know I am eternally grateful to my Good neighbor Tom (of my box post) for getting my little Homelite running again.

Can’t wait to see the outcome here. I had to stop the truck on the way to work to look at the roadside log sections I saw the other day. Those boogers are heavy, not so sure they are Cottonwood anymore. Now they are quietly driving me crazy.

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

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2473 days ago

I agree with Blake. I hope you blog this adventure.

Blake, also check out this blog

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Tikka/blog/series/150

Ron also mills his own lumber and is in Northern CA.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/1632

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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John Gray

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#12 posted 2473 days ago

Could you find someone in your area that has a portable band saw sawmill that could come to your sight and saw the wood for you. You might find someone in the yellow pages under “sawmills”. My 2 cents.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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TomFran

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#13 posted 2473 days ago

Go for it, Dorje! Can’t ya just see some great projects in that chunk of wood ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Karson

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#14 posted 2473 days ago

Dorje: Call Woodmiser. They sometimes have and give out phone numbers of their customers who custom saw lumber. Having some who is knowledgeable might give you more wood to work with.

Around here is about $60.00 per hour. Plus any blades if they hit metal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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sandhill

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#15 posted 2473 days ago

Wow! Lucky you… Good luck with it if I was closer I would help you just so you could get it.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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