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Blog entry by Shopsmithtom posted 10-15-2009 10:11 PM 1047 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago a 2 trunk white ash went over on our vacation property & lodged in the crotch of a dead & unstable white birch at about a 45deg angle. Being an amateur in the woods with a chainsaw, not a lumberjack, (you might want to go to youtube & search the lumberjack song for a laugh) I decided to wait until it broke out & fell to the ground instead of onto me. It did so over last winter, so a friend & I cut it into 12 foot logs – 8 foot is the minimum the wood miser carriage will take, and I find 8 ft boards don’t suit my needs, so I re-cut the 12’s to 6 footers, which gives me less waste on my type projects & stores easier, too. (I don’t make a lot of conference tables & big stuff)

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By the way, the large trunk you see in the first pic at left is a hemlock.
Here’s the sawyer at work. He only lives about 5 minutes from my place, so paying for travel time was really not an issue. He only charges $45 / hour (this is northwoods Wisconsin, guys & gals) and I wasn’t sure how much time it would take. I was pleasantly surprised to find that (with me kicking the logs onto the carriage & then grabbing the sawed boards off the saw)...remember…Northwoods, here, they’ll let you help, we finished the logs in about an hour & a half. My bill was $ 65. We figure I ended up with about 200 bd ft.

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I sealed the ends & it’s racked & stickered in a neighbor’s pole bldg. I only problem now is having the patience to let it dry. It went in at the end of August, so I’m hoping be late next summer I’ll be able to get started on something. It’s a lot more exciting than I thought…that is, not buying lumber, but rather getting it off the land & cutting & handling yourself. But now the wait…oh, the wait.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you



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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 10:24 PM

I have quite a bit of ash in my garden I ned to steal some for myself.I don’t mean cutting down trees , but a few linbs here and there maybe if I find what I want.Alistair.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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reible

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 11:11 PM

That’s why I miss the northwoods.

Ed

-- Knight of the Shopsmith

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 11:35 PM

Nice score on the wood! It is special because it came from your property and you had it milled it for yourown use.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 11:48 PM

At least it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg for that ash. Seems like the blade sharpening on the machine would cost more than that!

-- Greg, CT

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 03:48 AM

nice score—-that is some nice ash…I havent had any good ash for a while…to get some I may need to hire someone else too…it always nice having a wingman when dealing with ash.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 04:44 PM

Lumber on the spot. That is pretty cool.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 05:20 PM

It’s neat to you get to use your own trees and it will make it even more special when you make something from it. To make something buy summer seems like it’s overly optimistic because it takes a year a inch minimum for most woods to dry properly.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 05:44 PM

Wow. That would be so cool. Don’t get many opportunities like that in L.A.

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 02:45 AM

Nice score with the ash. We dont hav any of that here in SC. Alot of pine!!!!!!! SOme oak, no much else. eep us informed how you use it. Thanks for the post

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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