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wood gloat #1: European Beech

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Blog entry by moshel posted 03-22-2010 10:47 AM 1015 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At last!!! a wood gloat of my own!

I made friends with the demolition people that demolished the old house on the property I bought. They happen to fell a tree every now and then. this time they cut down a 105 years old European beech.
The log was 5 meters long, about 80 cm wide. they were good enough to bring the log to their back yard so I can mill it at my leisure (really really nice people). I loaded the mill on my trailer, unloaded it, set it up (oh, my poor muscles… the term “portable” is a bit overrated). The next day a friend came over to help with the milling andwe cut it into 6×2 dimensional timber. really nice timber… nice grain. heavy… two people had to carry each milled piece so the milling took most of the day. we wanted to have a slab as well, so we stopped about 1/3 from the bottom and tried to flip it over. no go – its 500kg. luckily the demolition guys happened to pass there and flipped it with a crane. I finished milling it the today. now i only have to load it on trailer and get it to the kiln and I will have dry timber in several weeks!!! joy!

I got about 1.5-2 CUM out of this log and I have a big branch that I might mill as well if a crane will happen to go by.

I didn’t take my camera on the first day, so I only have pictures of the second day:

From 220310 beech milling

From 220310 beech milling

From 220310 beech milling

From 220310 beech milling

From 220310 beech milling

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...



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degoose

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 10:54 AM

Good for you Moshe.. I will check this out in JUNE… SWMBO wants to spend her birthday in the Land of the Long White Cloud…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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moshel

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 11:30 AM

Ah, June is not the best season in Christchurch… don’t forget to bring your warmest sandals!!!!
come over and we will have mulled beer… (yich!!)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 02:17 PM

niice score there
that will bee fun
to see some project
come out it canĀ“t wait
and you deffently
have to make something
to the demolition team
as a big thanks and you
will have free wood
rest of your life

Dennis

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daltxguy

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 07:41 PM

That’s a lot of nice wood, Moshe! 6-800 bd ft. That’s about $5000 worth of free wood!
There will be a lot of beech projects out of this!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 08:27 AM

Fantastic score! Beautiful wood. Love that grain. All ways good to make friends like that.

Looking forward to seeing the projects from it.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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moshel

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 08:46 AM

I have “sealed” the ends with BLO for now. should slow down the evaporation somewhat. I hope to take it to the kiln tomorrow.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 03:48 AM

You have a nice sawmill there and have a very good find in all that free wood.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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