Big Ash Logs

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Project by campy posted 06-17-2010 09:04 PM 2201 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A neighbor had this big Ash tree that died.

It was on it’s way to be burned as a means of disposal.
Not as firewood, as many tree companies burn their waste in fires.

One person bought a slab to be used in their beach house.

The boards are up to 4 food wide.

This tree stood dead for several years and the moisture content is quite low.

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 09:20 PM

Very nice usage of reclaimed material that was ultiimately going to be burned. Did the slab stay stable since it was already dead standing? Very nice job on the osage orange gate on your other projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 09:20 PM

Wow… That is nice looking stuff. Looks like a lot of work using that alaskan mill for sure…

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 09:53 PM

Great score/save.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 10:00 PM

WOW what a great save cool wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 10:02 PM

Very nice stuff….that grain looks spectacular….would make an easy table or a nice door without much work….I really love saving wood from the scrap or fire when it can be used for so many useful things….thankfully there was a LJ around to snap it up….great job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 10:11 PM

Nice save, lot of work with the alaskin on dry Ash.
must have gotten a good work-out

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 11:12 PM

that’s GORGEOUS!! Definitely jealous…

where abouts is this? just curious what neck of the woods you’re from :)

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#8 posted 06-18-2010 02:13 AM

Wow! That’s one incredible chunk of wood! We’re sweating just looking at the pictures. Can’t wait to see what you make out of them.

We’d love to hear more about this. Maybe you can share some more details of how you managed such large logs, the kind of saw, how long one cut takes, how often you have to sharpen or replace your chain, etc. We suppose you’re pretty busy right now, but maybe you could use a break just sitting at the computer and not exerting so much physical effort. ;-)

Thanks for posting.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 06-18-2010 02:47 AM

That’s great. My mom had an Ash die that was at least as big as that. Unfortunately, it was cut up and used as firewood.

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#10 posted 06-18-2010 03:30 AM

I like working with Ash – this one has particularly nice appeal with the difference in heartwood/sapwood color. No doubt a ton of work milling those big guys!

-- "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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#11 posted 06-18-2010 07:24 AM

Great Job, I run a Alaskan also the I’m encouraged to see our resources not wasted and utilized.

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 08:34 AM

Great Looking wood. What a find. a lot of work I’m sure. but well worth it.

-- RayCurtis

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 06:00 PM

Nice ash! Is the powerhead an 084 or 066?? I run a husky 394 and a 36” alaskan myself. The value of sweat equity in working wood that you’ve milled yourself is something that can’t very well be put into words. Also, was the ash killed by the emerald ash borer? It is spreading more and more every year—eventually it’ll be just like the chestnut blight.

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#14 posted 06-19-2010 06:38 PM

Great save and some fine looking wood. I have never worked with Ash, just don’t have any in my neck of the woods.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 02-21-2011 10:38 PM

Very beautiful would like to but some for a project

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