|Project by SawDustnSplinters||posted 2073 days ago||1932 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
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 , http://www.allthingsrustix.com , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”