Logs to lumber, wood gloat

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Blog entry by kenn posted 08-09-2013 12:51 AM 2249 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry and walnut for 40 cents a board foot! What a deal. My Dad lives on a nice 7 acre patch of woods that has been hit with several episodes of damaging winds. The end result was lots of trees down and some usable for lumber, not firewood. Here’s the walnut we pulled out to cut into boards.

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Here’s the cherry that we had. The crotch log 5th in from the the left was rotten and ended up in the firewood stack but it is still a nice bunch of logs.

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And here is the stack of mostly ash, but I think there might have been some hickory in there too.

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I went online and used the woodmizer website to find a nearby sawyer. He pulled up in his rig just as I was pulling up with the doughnuts for the workers.

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Here was ready in a flash. In no time at all, the first log was loaded and we were making lumber.

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He would cut off the slab wood

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then start cutting boards and turning the log to get the best lumber for me.

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My workers stacked and stickered the boards. That is my favorite nephew, I picked the week he was visiting for this project. He knew we were moving a lots of wood. When he saw the stacks of logs he said “I don’t think I can lift those by myself, but I’ll try.” That is what gets a kid moved into the favorite nephew slot.

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My Dad has a backhoe (I suggest everybody should have one to help out around the house). That is what loaded the logs. Meanwhile the woodmizer just kept slicing boards.

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It wasn’t long before I had a nice stack of cherry.

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The stacks of boards grew

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and grew

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and the sawdust pile grew until it had to be shoveled away.

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Here we are lining up for that cherry crotch, too bad it went towards heat and not furniture.

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I did get a few specialty boards. The top short ones are walnut crotch and the wavy ones in the front are cherry that I want to use for legs on three leg tables.

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By the end of the day, a rest was well earned. Thanks to my cousin Dean (walking left), daughter Lizzie (catching some rays), nephew Chris (walking away, headed for a chair), step Mom Heidi (resting), and Pete (who had enough energy that he worked on some firewood). Not pictured but vital to the project were the backhoe operator (Dad) and my number one helper on all projects (son, Michael).

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That is a nice stack of lumber!

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It cost about $500 for those stacks. I think it is about 2000 bd. ft. It includes cherry, walnut, sycamore, ash and hickory. It’ll be enough for my lifetime. Thanks Dad for letting me have them.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:16 AM

sweet haul!

-- John - Central PA -

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 01:21 AM

Great pics, and looks to be a lot of fantastic wood. Congrats

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 02:00 AM

Some great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 04:40 AM


It is just SO exciting to take storm damage and turn it into lumber, isn’t it!? We’ve had our share of downed timber but we don’t get the nice variety that you have there. We’ll look forward to posts of your projects in the coming years.

Are you going to kiln dry it or just air dry?


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 04:54 AM

Well, the jealousy bug has definitely stung me. Great stuff! I would love to get a bundle like that.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 05:22 AM

Air dry is the plan. Although the wood has been down for 1 or 2 summers, I plan on letting it air dry until Fall 2014. That gives it 2 summers to dry before I check it with a moisture meter. We’ve done this before with another batch that is awaiting use in one of his sheds.

I’ve got more projects planned than I can possibly complete but you’ll be seeing them as they get done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 01:20 PM

Free wood, family, beautiful weather- doesn’t get any better than that!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 01:41 PM

Great story. I love the stacks of wood. Nothing like the smell of fresh cut cherry drying!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 01:51 PM

Wow Kenn. You look to be setup with wood for many years to come. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 06:25 PM

Very nice and well documented. Thanks.

-- Tony

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#11 posted 08-10-2013 01:52 AM

Congrats all the way around

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 08-10-2013 11:54 AM

If you get it from family, is it still called a “gloat”?

Either way, it still gets you a big ‘ol YOU SUCK!

Nice score indeed!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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