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Posted on Milling Large Honeylocust and Oak Logs

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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 958 days ago

Crash,

I would wash the logs with a water hose and nozzle to remove all dirt unless your mill has a debarker. I bet Wood-mizer recommended the 4 degree hook blade. That one is better for very hard or frozen wood. I don’t see how you can mess up with the crotches since there are limbs sticking out everywhere! Any way that you cut it, I bet it will be good. You can dry 2” thick slabs without a bunch of splits and checks, but once you go over 2”, it is practically impossible to get a 4” thick plank to dry without splitting because of the differential in drying rates from the outer shell to the inner core. This creates stress, and this stress is relieved via cracks and splits.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln


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