Thanks for checking out my first blog post!
I’ve been collecting logs for the past year or so with the intention of milling and drying them, but only recently got around to it. Most of it is from jobs I’ve done for people cleaning up fallen or storm damaged trees. A bunch of it is from neighbors on my street, too. I know most of the species I have in my log pile, but there are a few mysterious chunks I picked off the curb which could be just about anything. If anyone has suggestions as to what they might be, please chime in!
The ol’ log pile:
Here’s what I think may be some Mulberry:
I planed it down a bit to have a better look at the grain:
Here’s what I think might be Cherry, though it’s a touch burly/crotchy (not sure if that complicates ID’ing):
And finally we’ve got some beautiful walnut grain:
The walnut is from my friend Lou. He brought it up here for me from the Poconos, where it fell down on his family’s property. I’ll have to think of something real good to make it into for him!
I didn’t take closeups of the maple for some reason, but there’s a bit of that, too. There’s also 8 or 10 ash logs out in the log pile I still need to get to, and many more mystery logs! I’ll try to post again when they are milled.
Here’s the pile of slabs from about 20 minutes of milling (I would have done more, but it started raining):
I figure I milled about 15 board feet of nice lumber out of what would otherwise be landfilled or firewood, all for a half hour of work plus maybe a pint of gas and a cup of bar oil for the saw. Next step for me is to paint up the end grain and stick it up in my basement ceiling joists to dry for a few months. In the end, most of it will probably be table legs and cutting boards. I’ll try to keep you posted :)
Thanks for looking!
-- Jesse --