I got a lot of good advice – most of which I’m taking in one way or another – from the first in this series. Thanks to all who put in their two cents. Now, on to the next task…
In order to estimate how much it will take to gather the logs and mill them I needed to take some kind of inventory. So I took some blue field marking paint and went out and labeled trees showing where I wanted them cut, and also giving each log a number. I recorded the diameter of each log at about the center point.
There are 10 trees down that are probably worth milling. All are greater than 12” diameter at the middle of the first log. Most of the trees were in the 16” to 18” range, but 2 were over 20” in diameter. I measured logs in 8 1/2 foot lengths, numbered them and took a diameter measurement at the middle of each log. Why 8 1/2 feet? It’s an arbitrary number, but, only an exceptional jointer can joint a board longer than 8 feet. I would like to have boards about 8 feet for people who want to do projects like beds, or tall bookshelves, but I don’t think very many will really want anything longer. Also, it’s a little more precise to mill shorter lengths, although more efficient to mill longer lengths.
When they have been gathered I will have 30 logs. 3 poplar, 5 willow oak, 3 white oak and the rest red oak.
The plan is to have a guy with an excavator cut and pull all the logs out of the forest and stage them in an open area. Then I will bring in a guy with a portable Woodmizer to mill them. I’ll invite over a couple of friends to help stack and sticker so that the mill stays busy.
I’m thinking that the large (>20”) logs should be quarter sawn, and the others simply flat sawn.
How does this plan sound to you?
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