Big Red Oak con't.

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Project by Dan posted 07-18-2013 10:52 PM 2417 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after loading all this home in the truck, saw milling began. I was so wanting to get this all cut and in sticker stacks for air dry. Then my next issue was to protect this invested time. a dry barn needed built. On top of all this i gathered a 4 foot White Oak, also. As i was working on this i collected other storm trees to harvest. Lots of cherry, some walnut and ash trees. All were free for the taking by chainsaw. Some Oak weigh about 50 lbs per cubic foot, dry. Wet is heavy about 75 lbs/ cu ft. and each cant was in about +400 lbs. Each cant yielding about 72 bd. ft. All mussel-ed with the cant hook and the lift arm. Also, some back More to continue later posts. Thanks for stopping by!

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 03:59 AM

Very ambitious. I enjoy seeing someone willing to put in the effort to go from tree to board. Great job!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 03:51 PM

Nicely done, I can appreciate the effort. I lost a bunch of trees last year on my property to a storm as well, all walnut and ash. I cut them up in 8’ -10’ lengths and took them to the sawmill. It only cost $55 to get this load cut up.

Its stacked and stickered above my garage, can’t wait to use it when it dries. It will be cool to use trees that used to be in my yard.

-- Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 01:16 PM

That has always interested me of the process of logging and milling. This was my version to attempt it on a low budget. The pay back is great and to have your own custom cut wood. There just seems to be not enough time in the day to pursue all i want to do.
You will enjoy your time using that wood that you have and be hungry for more. I found an Amish mill here close that will sell any rough cut boards, green. I can sticker it for a specific project, but i have collected more than i could imagine in a few years and built the dry barn to hold it. Most of what i have is quarter sawn Red and White Oak, some Ash , Walnut and lots of Cherry. We need 48 hours a day to build, LOL, enjoy your treasure..

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 06:32 PM

This is awesome! I am very jealous, I have wanted a sawmill since I started woodworking. My boyfriend is a tree trimmer so he will bring awesome wood home already cut up for firewood:( Now that I have my 17in bandsaw, I plan on trying to re-saw a lot of it in hopes of finding some hidden treasures:)

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 11:09 PM

Thanks Shelly, i hope you’re thinking of log sled to hold the round wood. It is a safe way to get the first cut then rotate 90ยบ you will not need it once the 2 flats are done. just a matter of the table and fence to guide you through the slab then. sticker it asap and weight the top with a cement block. use a moister meter to see when its down to 10 ~ 8%. That is a variable of time and average of 9 months per inch thickness and species.
You will want to increase the in feed and out feed on your table to help support the log weight, just be safe.
One more pointer, line up the cut from the center of the log at both ends to the first cut. that keep the grain aligned parallel to the surface, it eliminates the wild grain effect.
Broken toes are painful, i know from experience, but not from saw milling. Stay tuned, i have more to share
Take care , Dan

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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