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Posted on Milling Large Honeylocust and Oak Logs

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#1 posted 940 days ago

You are working with two of the most difficult woods out there. Both are hard on blades, the locust more so due to it’s being prone to high levels of silica. You will only want to mill this wood once, so as you do make the wood what you will want to work with; 4” slabs are terrible to try to dry without splitting, and they are even more difficult to resaw later so if you want something as thick as that then you will need to study drying woods. 2” wood is a standard a lot of sawyers use, as that is generally as thick as most table tops are. The limb union, or crotch, will be high figure, and will be way difficult to save as boards; better to use as turning stock, around 8” cubes if you can do that. I have had my best luck with Timberking “double hard” blades, but I saw mostly maple and black walnut; I’ve sawn some oak, but refuse to waste my time trying to get anything more than firewood out of locust. It is beautiful wood, but really hard on blades and tools. Quarter sawing is generally better for more stable wood, and flat sawing is generally better for cosmetic wood; slabbing top to bottom will give you both. Best of luck.

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