Questions on milling my own lumber

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Blog entry by Alan Hart posted 04-10-2011 11:39 PM 1317 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow LJ’s

I have a woods by my house that I can go into any time I want, it’s my brothers. There are a few downed trees and some large branches from a couple of huge trees that came down last year in a big storm. I know the tree trunks can be turned into lumber but I have heard that the large branches can’t be milled. I’ve been told it’s because they will twist once they are cut. Is this true? Can I mill then in 8’ or smaller lengths without a problem? Any information on this would be helpfull.

-- Al Hart

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 01:15 AM

Branches are always fighting gravity and they will have a lot of stress in them. I would not trust them to any form of stick lumber.

You will have to ask a turner for anything that may be able to be made on a lathe. A turner I am not.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 02:37 AM

I’ve turned a couple of piece from branches and they came out fine. Just treat them like green wood and make sure that you give them time to dry.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 08:51 PM

I too have used some branches without problems. But I sealed the ends when they were cut and let them dry in my climate controled workshop at 1 year for each inch of thickness. I do wish I would have removed the bark when they were cut….doing it later sure made a mess at the lathe.

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

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