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Milling Lumber (grudgingly) #3: The work begins - buck and stage the logs

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 09-20-2011 03:17 AM 2408 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Inventory Part 3 of Milling Lumber (grudgingly) series Part 4: Gathering Downed Trees »

With the inventory complete I engaged the services of a local excavator. To keep cost low all he’s doing is cutting the logs from the trees and placing them in a staging area for the miller. All the branches and collateral damage trees will just be left in the woods for me to cut up later. My goal then will simply be to get the stuff on the ground so it will rot. Pretty bad, huh? But you can’t mill branches I’m told – they contain too much residual stress and will warp and twist when milled. We started on Monday.

At the end of day one, we have this. I’ve painted the ends of the logs with white exterior primer to prevent checking.
I expect the number of logs to double before we are done!

On Wednesday we continued, pulling some more huge logs (here are 2 of 11) from the woods.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 03:29 AM

looks like a good start!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 04:06 AM

You’ve got a great looking stack of logs. It’s a lot of work but the results will be worth it.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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MoshupTrail

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 04:13 AM

Hal – Sometime this winter I’m thinking to build a solar kiln – like the Virginia Tech one you built. How is that working? Have you got any “kiln-dry lumber” from it yet?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 05:50 AM

Looks like a good start!

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kenn

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 03:53 AM

The projects you build from this lumber will have an extra special value to you and the recipients, keep going, you’ll love having your own lumber.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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