Cedar Tree journey #1: The find

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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 01-13-2011 09:10 PM 2739 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s easy for me to run down the road to the lumber yard or big box store to pick up some wood for a project or build. However, I am very interested in the process from log to lumber and i would like to someday be able to mill my own lumber. With some financial restraints, buying a portable mill or chainsaw milling attachment is not an option at this time, but luckily I found a local woodshop that will mill your log for you.

I got a call about a Cedar Tree that a gentleman took down on his farm. In response to an ad i placed about unwanted logs or lumber, and after talking with him for a bit, getting directions to the farm, etc…I was off to pick up the tree…

I cut the tree in 3 sections to load it on my trailer, but I wanted to make sure that I cut it in a way that would give me some decent size boards… After loading it, I thanked the farmer and I was off to the house… Once I got home, I tried to figure out a way to cut it myself.. but I just didn’t have the right tools for the job..So I began searching for a mill that would do the job for me…

As luck would have it, not only did I find a woodshop that would mill my cedar tree, but the owner also sold specialty hardwoods… AFRICAN MAHOGANY , HONDURAS/GENUINE MAHOGANY , cherry, walnut, etc etc… He had a very nice inventory of woods… Which is great, because hardwoods are very hard to get in my area without a special order or paying big bucks from a box store… So in my mind I STRUCK GOLD!! ...I called the guy up and immediately headed to his shop with my tree…

Robert, the mill owner was very nice…He took me around, showed me the mill and the shop… He had a log already on his machine waiting to be cut, so he demonstrated the process….Needless to say, I want one of those in my yard!!!

I was surprised at how fast this machine ran through the log, and the automated operation of turning the log for the next cut…wow…

Well He said he would have my wood ready for me to pick up on Monday, and while we talked he mentioned a small group of woodworker’s that gather together each month and asked if I would be interested in coming as a visitor and possibly joining the club….Absolutely! I said… a great way for me to network as well as gain some knowledge on the subject that I have rapidly grown to love… I’m looking forward to attending the next meeting…. I will let you know how the process goes…as I am looking forward to seeing my new fresh cedar boards and get them ready for drying so I can start building … Which leads me into another topic for another day, I am getting ready to start the build on my solar Kiln.. Which I will be talking about during the process…. Until then…Happy Cutting!!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:43 PM

Yea, It would be nice to have one of those, I have been kicking in my head about buying an old bandsaw & just turning sideways.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 09:55 PM

Good find on the sawyer and supplier in one. I’ve got a bit of a mini-mill in the form of a sled I use on my bandsaw. But it would not work with the size logs you have there.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 02:38 AM

Don’t you just love enthusiasm! God Bless You young man.
Go for it and keep networking, asking questions, and hanging around the ‘old guys’.
They will teach you everything you need to know.
Surround your self with good people and you too will be and do good.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 04:24 AM

My mind has always been like a sponge, its what makes me who i am today and has given me the knowledge and skill to do what i do, there are so many things i hope to learn about this craft.. I welcome the advice, knowledge, and skills of others that i may learn from and develop my own knowledge base and skill…so that I may pass it on oneday to a newcomer wanting to learn the trade…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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