I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay... #1: Getting the logs

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Blog entry by digitalwood posted 09-28-2011 11:26 PM 1619 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Quite a while ago I was doing a craigslist item pickup at a house where they were doing alot of landscaping work. As part of the work, they were getting ready to take down two rather large Big Leaf Maples (aka soft maple). Before they could buck them up into firewood, which is a crime in my book, I talked them into cutting them into 6’ lengths for me to haul off. They ended up being 24-30” in diameter. One had a nice crotch in it that should yield some interesting woodgrain patterns.

I loaded them into my trailer with my Bobcat. Being fresh and VERY HEAVY it was quite a chore. By my calculations each log was around 900-1000 lbs. Luckily, the trailer is rated at 10K lbs. I finally got them back to the house. Unloading it turns out was a whole lot easier than loading. I just used a peavy to roll them off the end of the trailer. After that, it was back to using the Bobcat to lift them up and block them off the ground so they’d dry out.

So what to do with them? I had thought to slab them out using a Alaskan Mill with a chainsaw and 30” bar. I know that many here have thought about this solution. I have both of these items, but it turns out that this method is both a workout and lunch… except I don’t like having a mouthful of fresh sawdust for lunch. At least not without Bluecheese dressing. So I gave up on the Alaskan Mill and let them continue to dry out.

As luck (or Divine intervention) would have it, I was about to come into possession of a portable sawmill. Another big tool for the shop. I so love big tools…

Here’s some shots of the logs…

-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 12:51 AM

Nice save but one hellvua job with the Alaskan mill! Call a friend with a portable mill.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 01:31 AM

Great score! What kind of sawmill did you get? I use a full face shield and a respirator to keep the sawdust out of my eyes, nose and mouth!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 06:31 AM

Well as I mentioned in the post, I’m the friend now that has the mill. More on that in the next “episode”.

I’ve never tried a full face shield and respirator. I rode motocycles at one point in my life and those full helmets remind of the motocycle helmets that I used to wear. My glasses would always get fogged up. Does that happen with a respirator?

Autumn, yep, anchorseal went on the ends as soon as they were back at the house. As I mentioned this was quite a while ago so these have been drying out for about a year. Now it’s time to open them up and see what’s inside!

-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.

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