Tornado to Lumber

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Project by SawDustnSplinters posted 07-11-2008 12:19 AM 2567 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently had a small f1 skip thru and it downed alot of good old growth Oak and Pecan. Here are some pics of one we harvested. It was down on the river bottom so we hooked up the trailer and loaded up the tractor with a front end loader and headed for the river.

The gravel road going down to the bottom was a little steep but I thought nothing of it at first. We picked out this tree from many and went to cutting. I cut three 8 foot sections out of it and we loaded them on the trailer along with a crotch piece. I never need anything longer then 8 foot and besides anything longer tends to tip the tractor over :) Well got to the road going up and no dice, must a burned an inch of tread off spinning the truck tires. Fortunatley we found our way out by going thru a maze of downed trees and several cattle gates and avoiding alot of cows, especially that Longhorn bull. We also had to drive the tractor out that way. But we had fun…

I painted the ends with several coats of thick latex to slow down any checking. I usually will buy paint off the clearance rack at Lowes or HD. Anchorseal is better but pretty expensive. I am going to let these logs set and dry a little while and then slab them out probably 2 inches thick leaving the natural edge on. Pecan and Hickories cup and curl and shrink alot after you mill, so you want to cut the lumber thick so you have plenty of room to plane and flatten later.

I am seeing some nice benches in these logs…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#1 posted 07-11-2008 12:22 AM

Looks like a wood bonanza. Can’t wait to see what you make from it.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#2 posted 07-11-2008 12:24 AM

Wow, thats some nice lumber!

Thanks for the post


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Neal Meyers Jr

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#3 posted 07-11-2008 01:21 AM


Having lived in Fl when the Hurricanes went through, I saw so much lumber put into land fills. It made me cry.

-- Neal Meyers Jr

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#4 posted 07-11-2008 03:58 AM

Benches? I see some nice bowls out of that Pecan!!!!


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#5 posted 07-11-2008 04:40 AM

Well Kerux, let me know ahead of time, I am sure I can cut you some nice green blanks out of the top of the crotch or cants, hell… I got more Pecan then I know what to do with, love that wood, smells good and is good to bbq with… When we first cut it, water was running out of the ends like a small spring of highly filtered water….I will get a pic of that next time…I don’t mind sharing with my LJ buddies :) just give me dimensions….Probably slice this baby up in a week or two as it is hitting 100 degrees today…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 07-11-2008 05:00 AM

Nice wood. Good luck on the cutting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 07-11-2008 08:49 AM

Oh my !....PECAN I used to have a piano that was pecan …my girlfriend put some candles on it on Thanksgiving about 20 yrs ago and burned a big spot on top of the piano ….That was really pretty wood …That was the only Pecan i have ever seen ….It would make a nice bowl ….
thanks for sharing

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#8 posted 07-11-2008 04:54 PM

Looks like some fun projects coming up. Good save.

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

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 12:58 AM

Mother Nature sure provided you with a lot of new stock.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-08-2008 10:40 AM

Good score! did you say you slow checking using old paint? does that work as well as the latex type products?

-- mal, Auckland NZ

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