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M7 and the Cherry Tree #1: Tree Cutting

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Blog entry by Tony posted 06-22-2007 05:25 PM 2910 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this is the reason I have not been so active on LJ for the last few days.

My new neighbours cut down a tree (May) on their property as it was in there way – they did not know what it was at the time and they had the tree surgeon cut it into short 1.5 (5ft) lengths so they could take it to the dump.

I was not sure what it was either, as it had no leaves left on it – anyway they said I could take it providing I got rid of all of it for them. So not wanting to be unwilling neighbour I said I would oblige.

I did some research on the net, checking the bark and now leaves on similar looking trees and to my surprise I found out it was a “BIRD CHERRY” Prunus padus. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_cherry_%28subgenus%29 ) .

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This tree only grows to about 15m (50ft) with a diameter of about 60Cm (2ft). The tree that was cut down was closer to 25m (82Ft) in height and the diameter was nearly 90cm (3ft).

So for my birthday present, from me, I bought a LOGOSOL – M7 Portable Saw Mill. (http://www.logosol.com/_sawmills/m7/ ), with a Stihl chainsaw and 70 cm (27 ½ ”) Blade.

I estimate that when this all “AIR DRIED” in about 18 months then I will have about 1.5 M3 prime cherry – this will have paid for more than 65% of the cost of the saw. So I am looking out for tree No. 2

So below are some of the results of two days of setting up and cutting lumber.

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THIS IS THE FIRST OF THE REALY BIG LOGS – (1.5 m * 60 cm) boy was it heavy

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THE SAW BEFORE THE ACTION

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STARTING THE FIRST CUT

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FIRST CUT COMPLETED

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WHAT WAS INSIDE

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THE FIRST 1½” PLANK COMPLETED

The photographs do not do justice to the colours in the wood – it is goung to make some wonderful furniture.

I post the concluding part of this blog is a few days, when I have completed the cutting,, tidying up the site and recovered some strength and stamina – This is really hard & Heavy work!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)



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Bill

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#1 posted 06-22-2007 05:27 PM

That is great Tony. Sounds like you got a great bargain and some nice wood. I hope you can make some more finds like that.

In see some nice pieces coming from your shop in the future.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#2 posted 06-22-2007 05:49 PM

That is some nice looking wood you’ve havested. How do you like your setup? Maybe you could do a review when you finish cutting and stickering your lumber.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-22-2007 07:16 PM

Beautiful wood absolutely gorgeous. What luck, like finding a pot-o-gold. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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mot

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#4 posted 06-22-2007 07:29 PM

That looks like such a cool process as well. Nice score!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-22-2007 07:38 PM

Nice saw Tony!
The price is pretty good too.
How did you get the cants up on the saw bed?
I know just how heavy they are.
I tried to move 2×1.5 m x 300 cm (5’ x 12” ) pieces of poplar from the roadside a week ago. – Left them -;)
That wood should make some fine pieces.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Tony

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#6 posted 06-22-2007 07:52 PM

The Logs were moved by MAN POWER – two of us using a log roller and a set of steps I built at the base of the M7, as recomended by Logosol.

The biggest problem is that the logs are not nice and round – they tend to have a different idea of where they want to go, regardless of what you try to tell them to do!

With regard to cutting the logs – the biggest problem is that the M& is designed to take 2m (6’ 6”“) or longer logs – holding these short pieces is VERY time consuming.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#7 posted 06-22-2007 08:07 PM

You sure got your self some nice wood. The saw system looks interesting.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 06-22-2007 08:13 PM

Tony: I remember calling it Choke Cherry around here. The fruit was so sour that you choked to try it. I remember my mother making jelly from it though.

Great recovery of some nice wood. Good luck in drying it. and making some neat furniture pieces.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 08:32 PM

Tony, that is some beautiful wood. Can’t wait to see the finished products.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#10 posted 06-22-2007 08:34 PM

I have one growing at the margins of my tree farm. I left it there to someday harvest for the wood. I’ll have to wait 50 years for it to get that big though…very nice find Tony.

I’m very interested in the saw setup. I have a lot of white oak, birch, beech, maple, pine (white and pitch), and cedar on my property. I thought of having someone with a bandsaw mill come in to thin it out but I like the idea of my own saw. I also have my eyes on a number of large trees in the area that look like the owners will want to get rid of soon. A couple in particular have huge burls on them, one a maple is probably 300 years old (I’d probably have to quarter it to work it). It looks like 6 or so branches were low on the trunk originally and then the tree got some fungus. The burl almost surrounds the trunk and has to be 4-5’ in dia.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#11 posted 06-22-2007 08:41 PM

oh yah!!!! :)
saved from the dump AND some beautiful furniture etc waiting to be discovered and created.

Nice birthday present :D

Happy Birthday to you :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dorje

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#12 posted 06-22-2007 11:59 PM

Boy – that’s great to see – and can’t wait for more! I have a 20” chainsaw w/ alaskan mini mill set-up and that beats me up! I can’t imagine!

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

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miles125

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#13 posted 06-23-2007 12:40 AM

Thats a neat looking set up. You buy great bday presents!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Napaman

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#14 posted 06-23-2007 01:25 AM

Happy Birthday Indeed!!! I think some of those wide pieces you should sand down a bit and just shellac them the way they are—-so pretty! They (or even one) would make a great bar top—-since they are a bit narrow to be a full table top on their own…whatever you use them for—-enjoy!!! Now that you have the system you can continue to help all your neighbors!!! Congrats!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 06-23-2007 02:09 AM

Great fun Tony. Almost like a treasure hunt.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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