First logging/milling project

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Blog entry by RJS posted 08-16-2010 02:52 AM 1481 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Oak Tree has been a part of out family for years. We have numerous pictures and memories of this tree when it was alive. The tree was struck by lightning approx. two years ago. My Dad Decided to take all of the limbs off of the tree and possibly have it milled into lumber.

Is there anyone out there that can give me advice on how to choose a saw mill? How much will it cost? and what are the best “cuts to get out of the tree.

This tree has been around forever, it deserves to live on as something great, not firewood. I would like to be able to make pieces of furniture out of it for myself and my family. I have no idea the right choice to make.

To see the tree I am talking about please go to:

Please help.

-- RJ

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 03:07 AM

IMO any sawyer that has been in business for more than 5 years probably knows what he is doing.
Look in the YP or google saw mills in your area.
The best wood to get is what it there. You may have a tree that is good only for riff cuts. It the wood has a thick enough diameter you might get some quarter sawn. Quarter Sswn oak has some great straight grain and medulary rays. But a good sawyer can tell you what is best.
The other side of this is amateurs like we have here on LJ. LOL. There might be someone in your area who can do this and do a great job because it is a hobby.
The ad bar list saw mill manufacturers. Call them to see who they have sold to in your area.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 06:16 PM

The previous comments are right on! I would add that it depends on how long the tree has taken to dry. Any metal objects that might be in the tree, unknown by you. A good sawyer will know and advise you. It also depends on where you live as to availability and cost. I have had to counsel people who wanted the “family tree” made into a piece of furniture about possible pitfas, due to stress on tree..etc….good luck

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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