Wood gloat another large Sycamore day two

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Project by FordMike posted 04-26-2010 03:53 AM 2915 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What ever I’ve done too deserve good Karma/Blessings etc… Thank You!!!! This tree has been a been a pleaseure to do, after overcoming the language barriers. The people are a nice as you could ever hope to meet. They insisted on doing all of the cleanup themselves, and helped me load the slabs into my truck, kept me supplied in cold beverages (after all it reached 80 gegree today) The tree turnout exceptional . The middle four slabs (#2 thru #5) are quarter sawn and the upper and bottom full slab( #1 and #6 are flat sawn but can be re-sawn into 3”wide by 2” showing great fleck. All in all we netted 250bf on 24” wide slabs. The ring count is a lot closer on this tree and the wood is denser/heavier. I have decided that 3”thick slabs 24” wide and 8’ long are the maximum this old body can handle alone. To those that have never worked with Sycamore you owe it to yourself to try it. Its dries quickly once dry stays fairly straight, has great color and the Ray and Fleck with a good oil finish can be 3D. I wish there was a better market for it, but I’ve been surprised with the response to the last tree I milled. Anyway thanks for the encouragement from everybody. And I hope the good lord sends you a great tree. Thanks FordMike

PS the only nail I found was when i used one to put the red flag on the load before getting on the freeway home and immediately removed at said desitination. The saw made seven full lenght cuts without needing sharpening.

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 04:10 AM

dam can you send me some? LOL ;) no really can you? LOL

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 05:11 AM

It’s a beauty. I can see how portable milling could get addictive. One nice find sure goes a long way.

I’m curious what saw you use for this (assuming it is a monster), and also how long it took to cut all these giant slabs.


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 08:26 AM

Glad to see another tree NOT going for fire wood/dump. Looks like you got some beautiful wood and made friends. Always a plus.

Thanks for posting.


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

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 10:49 AM

Terrific! I also am curious about what kind of saw you used and how you lifted and handled it. We have a lot of trees in my area and I’d like to do something like you did.

Keep the pics coming and what you make with the lumber.

-- Bruce, Florida

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 06:33 PM

Nice Haul !!!

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

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 09:52 PM

The saw I run is a Husqvarna 3120XP with 36” bar and i use a Alaskan Type mill frame. The ladder I use to start the first cut is made from 2×4,s dovetailed crossways. i will post pics of the tools I use soon.

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