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#1 posted 09-05-2011 03:40 PM


Here’s a couple of oak logs that are on the ground at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City. They are much more impressive in person than these photos show. I wish I had a swing mill and a big chainsaw! There’s a lot of beautiful lumber just waiting to be released from those logs. Every time there is a wind storm, they lose trees. Some of the maple stumps show beautiful figured wood.

I’ve got several big red and white oak trees on my property this big. If I had a chainsaw big enough to fell them and split them, my sawmill would cut the quarters just fine. The biggest log I’ve processed so far was 38” in diameter at the big end. If I took a quarter of the log and trimmed the apex of the triangle and cut a flat at the bottom of the curve below the bark and sapwood, I could cut a 28 or 29” board at the widest part of the quarter. That would use most of the wood in a tree 6 or 7’ in diameter. Makes me happier with my little manual sawmill.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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