Cedar Log

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Blog entry by Steffen posted 08-08-2007 06:40 PM 1242 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Prior to moving into my house a tree was removed from the back yard. It was a cedar which was approximately 60’ tall. Some guy said he wanted the base of the trunk saved for a carving but he never came to get it. Does anyone in the Northern Cal area have a portable mill? Anyone need some large cedar logs?

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-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 06:51 PM

Ron has a mill.

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#2 posted 08-08-2007 06:58 PM

Steffen…..rive out some boards for yourself and make some furniture for the yard. At least a nice slab bench or something. Nice chunks of wood.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 07:20 PM


I would love to, however…my chainsaw only has a 16” bar…

Thanks Wayne…I left him a message. Although I think my log wouldn’t be worth his trip.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#4 posted 08-08-2007 08:06 PM

Use a maul and wedges to split it. Then use your chainsaw. Also Dorje has a post on using his mini mill to cut larger trees. You could probably do something similar freehand with the log standing on edge. Frank also has some good posts on cutting slabs.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-08-2007 09:02 PM

I like Bob’s idea of garden furniture!

Have a fireplace or woodstove in the new place? If nothing else…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 08-09-2007 05:41 AM

Hi Steffen, I was just over in los Altos yesterday milling some Cannery Pine and had I known about this I could have come by and cut it up. I go over your way every so often and maybe we can still make something from your log. You would be surprised how easy it can be to cut small amounts of lumber with a chainsaw, even a 16” bar. Cedar is one of the best for hand splitting and if you have a planer you could easily have some nice wood to work with.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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