Wood Gloat

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Project by Woodfella posted 03-31-2010 07:35 AM 3379 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend my brother in law and I milled (with the expert help of the sawyer) 7 oaks that we dropped over the winter. 5 of them are from the property where I was born and raised on, that he and my sister now live on. So somehow it seemed that the boards were even more beautiful as they came off the mill. We ended up with approximately 1500 board feet of several thicknesses. We can hardly wait for them to dry so that we can put the tools to them. Is it true that a watched board never dries? FYI: If anybody needs a sawyer in N.E. Illinois / S.E. Wisconsin this is your guy. A hard working professional at modest rates.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 08:51 AM

Is that a woodmizer?
How exactly do they charge you? By final bd/ft? What kind of rates are standard?
Can they quarter saw[sp?] them for you?

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 09:13 AM

wonderful way of living in countryside!
(btw, 1500 feet are quite 465 meter!!! I guess they are 3 cubic meter, 4000 EUR here!)

-- Antonio

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 10:34 AM

Damn! now thats exciting!!!! Congrats, I’ll be over to pull up a chair and help watch it dry…..

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

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 11:31 AM

Now that is cool. I’m sure that wood will be more special. Are you planning to just air dry the wood? You might want to build a solar kiln in order to help to dry that stuff.

I knew someone once that purchased some property and he actually built his entire house from trees harvested on the property. It was a very special labor of love for him. I’m sure it will be so with any projects you make from these trees.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 02:59 PM

Great Gloat !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 03:02 PM

Sarit, Yes it’s a Woodmizer LT 30. As this was my first experience in milling lumber, We called around to several sawyers in Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We got rates quoted that averaged about 25 to 30ยข a bd. foot. Others charged by the hour and ranged from $50 to $75 per hour plus flat fees for set up/travel time. 12 of our logs were white oak, so yes we ended up with a good portion of it being quarter sawn. This guy was a co-worker of my brother in law before he retired. We found out through the grape vine he does milling on the side, and he gave us a rate not to be believed!

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 03:15 PM

Doc H, I am planning to air dry my half of the oak outside this summer. With plans that in the fall I will move it inside my shop that is heated with a double barrel wood stove. Perhaps a plastic enclosure with a dehumidifier and fan will be implemented on days that I am not heating. A solar kiln is an idea that I considered, but ironically last winter I built a small greenhouse in my backyard for gardening. It’s 4’ x 6’ and most of my boards are 10’.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 04:53 PM

I would not put inside for at least a year if you are air drying it. If you move it inside to soon you will have a lot of problems, like it splitting, warping. I also own a Woodmizer mine is a LT40. I did about 2000 bf last fall and am not planning on putting it inside till this fall and maybe next spring if the weather isn’t right. I have some more logs to mill this spring and a tree service called me a week ago and asked me if I was interested in some Black Walnut.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 05:25 PM

Fantastic gloat… I buy alot of my oak and cypress from a local guy with a sawnill and solar kiln, Alot better than having to buy it from a overpriced lumberyard. I just got about 400 bd ft of qswo a few weeks ago and it is at 6% moisture content.

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 10:46 PM

Nice, you have enough to keep you busy for a year or so. What the heck build the solar kiln, you have time the oak won’t be ready for a while.

Great gloat.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 03:28 AM

way too cool… wish I had a saw like that!!! put those boards to good use!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 04:30 AM

How true, your own timber is always the most beautiful. I’m just about to put the tools to some boards I logged off our bottom field. Enjoy the dust in a year or two. I am thinking about a solar kiln but haven’t started it yet. Just a thought since your boards are still pretty damp. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 02:58 AM

Very nice score. I am so jealous.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 08:15 PM

If you have anything over 5/4” thick, be careful not to dry it to quickly. It should be fine air-drying as long as it doesn’t get to much direct sun, the heated shop with real low RH might be of concern though as far as surface checking goes. Best wishes, and enjoy your newly acquired bounty!

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#15 posted 01-29-2015 06:10 PM

There is nothing more rewarding than working with wood you know where it came from as well as boards coming from the same log. Good luck

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