Milling Lumber (grudgingly) #4: Gathering Downed Trees

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 10-08-2011 12:34 PM 1974 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The work begins - buck and stage the logs Part 4 of Milling Lumber (grudgingly) series Part 5: Milling Day(s) »

I just realized I went through a whole phase, and forgot to post anything. I hired I guy with a track-hoe (aka excavator) to come in and make a mess of the forest floor (to compliment what Irene did to the forest canopy). His equipment is BIG and expensive. So he is not cheap. But wow! huge logs weighing 2000 lbs are easily moved from here to there as if they were match sticks.

At the end of two and half days I have 36 logs. More red oak than I thought and less other. I have painted all the ends with an exterior primer to seal them. I’m planning to paint each species a different color. So the red oak will be white, white oak probably orange (because I got a gallon of “oops” for $7), and I’m thinking I’ll color code any quarter-sawn logs specially. The problem is, the wood will probably end up mixed once it’s stickered and stacked. So by color-coding the ends I’ll be able to find what I need later. Maybe.

But today is sawmill day! More on that in the next post.

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

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#1 posted 10-08-2011 02:42 PM

Drool,Drool,Drool,Drool,Drip…...Drip…........... Drool!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 10-08-2011 03:16 PM

This picture will bring tears to any woodworkers eyes.
Im standing up right now and clapping for you.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 10-08-2011 03:38 PM

That’s a ton of wood. Bring in the Woodmizer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 10-08-2011 06:59 PM

That is several tons of wood from the looks of it. To bad about the damage to the forest, but at least your going to do something with remains instead of it going to a landfill and getting burned.

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 10:13 PM

Having cut logs for years I hope you can find a kiln or make your own. Air dry never drys evenly . Even years later wood I have air dried still srinks after I mill it.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 04:12 AM


-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 06:06 AM

Those are some great looking logs. We had massive wind damage last month and hope to end up with some lumber eventually, too. That track-hoe looks like it can make short work of moving those logs. We’re hoping to convince a neighbor to exchange help with his larger tractor for some lumber.

Your idea for color-coding the logs sounds great. Once the lumber is dry and gets stacked together and not necessarily sorted correctly, it would be nice to know which board to pull. All too often I have dug through a stack of lumber, taken out a few boards, then gotten them into better lighting only to find some were white and some red oak. Your idea is a great solution.

Thanks for sharing. We look forward to seeing all that lumber.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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