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Posted on Milling Large Honeylocust and Oak Logs

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 02:06 AM

Thanks everyone, I havn’t gotten the log on the mill yet but I did learn a lot today about my mill. I have only had it for a short time and have a lot to learn about it. My learning lesson today came from me calling woodmizer about getting blades more suited for what I was doing. I learned the belt taking the torgue from the engine to the blade wheels must be properly tensioned…since I have put a hundred hours on my mill now it should have been checked three times. The more amazing part is if not properly adjusted it will cause the blade to “hump” when it cuts.

I plan to cut the log to ten feet to get standard lumber from most of the log and then deal with the crotch. I have been throwing the log on the mill with the crotch still on to square the crotch enough so my mill can handle it and then cutting the crotch area off to mill later. Is there a better way. The LT40 only has a 24” opening and I have found it is easier to size up a large crotch while still attached to the log. Are there any hints on this? Maybe cutting it in half with a chainsaw and dealing with each side individually?

Can’t wait til tomorrow when I can fix my belt and throw a large log on and get some straight lumber. Man there is a lot to learn about milling/drying/ everything dealing with wood.

I will try to remember to get some pics of the slabs and crotch.
Also, Nomad, If I cut the crotch into 8” cubes…then what? Put them in sawdust? Dark corner of a shed? and why 8” cube? Is that the best size.

Thanks again everyone and I will probobly put pics of this log on here since it is my favorite and I want to show it off.

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