I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay... #2: Cutting up the logs

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Blog entry by digitalwood posted 02-27-2012 08:12 PM 1827 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Why is it that I get all the work done and then forget to post an entry and pictures?!? Sigh. Must be the psychotropic properties of sawdust no doubt. Anyway, I took some picture of the cutting process. As I mentioned before, I have swingblade mill that made quick work of the logs. I have one left that is going to be cut into slabs rather than lumber with the five foot chainsaw bar attachment. The crotched piece should have some interesting grain.

I lost two carbide tip off one blade to a large nail in one of the logs. Luckily I always have a couple spare blades around.

In two of the logs, the heartwood had rotted and was the consistency of chocolate pudding, but smelled alot worse. Blech!

Anyway, now I have several stacks of 4/4 maple. Whoo hoo!

Getting into the log – the first cuts are 1×2’s that I use for stickers.

Wider boards – once into the logs, I cut a bunch of 4/4×8” boards

This slab is just below the center of the log. 8/4×24” x 6’

Stack from one log – 4/4×4”, 6” and 8”

Before and after – the log to the left is about the same size of the log I just cut to make this stack of lumber

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

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 08:44 PM

If you want, you can dry it at my place! I only charge a very small fee for storage. Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 10:20 PM

That is going to be some beautiful wood. Air dry?
And, what kind of sawmill is that? I don’t think I’ve seen one like it. Pictures?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 10:33 PM

Very cool! I like it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 10:42 PM

I need one of those, oh yea and some logs, sigh….:-(

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 10:47 PM

I wish I had the room and money for one of those puppies .very cool.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 03:11 AM

Thats the first time Ive seen a swingmill cut quality lumber. very cool!

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 04:35 AM

The swingblade is a Lucas Mill model 827. Google “youtube lucas mill” and you can see some videos of one in action. The lumber got stacked with stickers between them and under some metal roof panels. Nothing fancy, but functional. The slab is almost dry enough to surface. I’ll post pictures once I get it planed down.

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 07:02 AM

Amazing how such a crappy looking log can produce such nice looking boards…..............

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 10:23 AM

Hey brother !
That is some fine machine, I forgot you had it.
Glad to see you are getting some quality wood out of those logs.
In a way I am sooooo jealous, wish we lived closer I have some cherry trunk
that needs slicing and dicing…..


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 10:53 AM

Thanks for the pictures. I knew those ugly logs would have some fantastic lumber inside.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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