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#1 posted 02-01-2013 03:16 PM

I had a cutting job like that a while ago—a 44” walnut. The owner had me mill four 2.5” thick slabs out of the center of the log with a chain saw mill, then put the remaining pieces on my portable band mill. My price was one of the big slabs. When I sold it, it paid for the chain saw mill, and then some. As Randy_ATX says, there is no need to saw it all at once. The heartwood of black walnut stays solid for years, but the sapwood rots pretty quickly. Get end sealer on the ends of the logs as soon as possible to avoid end checking. I use a product called Anchorseal, but even latex paint helps. Get the milled lumber stickered for drying as soon as possible. Then comes the hard part—watching it dry for a couple of years… Good luck.

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