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Blog entry by Julian posted 10-17-2008 02:06 AM 2246 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s now 7:00 pm, and the three service just left a perfect 36”D, 8’ long American elm tree trunk in my yard.

The plan is to get it in my truck this weekend and get it over to a local sawmill to have it milled, then get it into storage stacked on 1” stickers to air dry. This is my first attempt at doing this, so any tips would be greatful.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL



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#1 posted 10-17-2008 02:07 AM

I’ll have some pics posted this weekend.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 10-17-2008 06:20 AM

What thickness are you going to have milled 8/4 12/4 ? Are you going to do quartersawn? So many possibilities!

If the sawyer is good make sure you ask his advise on how he would cut it (depends upon the sawyer of course)

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

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#3 posted 10-17-2008 01:55 PM

I would seal the ends with at least 2 coats of exterior latex house paint (anchorseal would be better). That Doyle scales out to over 500 bft, that should keep you busy for awhile.

Of course you have to tell the sawyer it came from a yard…and be ready to pay for some ruined sawblades.

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#4 posted 10-17-2008 02:09 PM

I looked on the illinois conservation website, and found a bunch of single man sawmills, i.e. woodmizer setups.

I will be calling around today to see what I can get done. It would be great to get a bunch of 6/4-8/4 quartersawn boards out of this tree.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 10-17-2008 02:48 PM

Here is another place to look for sawmills (a list of links I put together) if you don’t have any luck. http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/pb/wp_a9976cb4/wp_a9976cb4.html

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#6 posted 10-17-2008 04:59 PM

Julian, let me know what mill you try, I live in Naperville, and I’d be interested in how well it works. I know I saw one guy up around McHenry, and one someplace around LaFox.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#7 posted 10-17-2008 09:51 PM

Daren,

Thanks alot for the link.

Will,
Due to all of the construction on 294, I’m trying to stay south of Chicago . I’ve already talked to a guy in Lamoille, Il. who is willing to cut the tree any way I want for 25 cents a foot, and 6$ for resharpening if he hits anything metal. The price seems fair to me, so I will be going on Sunday to have it milled.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#8 posted 10-20-2008 03:38 AM

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#9 posted 10-20-2008 05:41 AM

so awesome. I must admit I’m jealous. Good luck using that beautiful material!

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#10 posted 10-22-2008 05:48 AM

Very nice…. Now comes the part where patience is a virtue.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 10-23-2008 04:10 AM

Chris,

You are so right. I just poured the concrete for the base of my next project today. A solar kiln! I have thought about building one for many years now, and since I have green wood now, I figured what better time han the present.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#12 posted 10-23-2008 05:29 AM

You better be creating a project and keeping us up to date on that! I want to see how that’s done!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#13 posted 10-23-2008 01:11 PM

Will, not a problem. Here is a picture of the rendered plan I made in sketchup.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f247/pdmfpres/solar%20kiln/solarkilnplan.jpg

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#14 posted 10-24-2008 08:15 PM

sweeeet. Now I have another project for the future…

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#15 posted 10-26-2008 02:48 AM

Well, I built the main frame of the kiln today, and should have it 90% completed by tomorrow. The kiln should be operable by wednesday after I get the fans installed, and get the interior weatherproofed, and painted flat black. Now I need to find an accurate scale for weighing the test samples to determine the MC of the wood.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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