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wood gloat #1: European Beech

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Blog entry by moshel posted 1612 days ago 981 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 1612 days ago

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 1612 days ago

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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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1612 days ago

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 1612 days ago

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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scrappy

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#5 posted 1611 days ago

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 1611 days ago

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 1566 days ago

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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