The load of ash logs made it safe and sound to McInturf Sawmill and Kiln. Here you see them staged for sawing and the ends treated with anchor seal. The ends are painted different colors for different species.
The logs are then gathered with a front loader and brought to the saw. A large metal table, made from railroad track, holds the logs until they are ready to go. This sytem allows Gary to run the entire operation solo. Here we see an ash log being rolled down to the bed.
As you can see, Garys’ workspace has quite the view.
Once the log is on the saw, it is set up for cutting. There are two rollers on each end of the sawmill. Their purpose is to move logs along the distance of the mill. If you look close, you will see the black roller closest to the operator. Gary uses these rollers to level off logs for the first cut, since most logs flair on one end.
Log is locked and its time to rock.
First cut takes off the outer round of the log. Couple cuts and then the log is rolled, via hydraulics, to get make another “flat” side.
This process continues, round the log, cutting thick slabs of lumber. These logs are being cut to 9/4 thickness, so the final plane size can be a true 2” thick.
The log is processed this way until it gets to the center 4” square of the tree. They say you can tell a good sawyer is by how centered the growth rings are in his cull. I’ld say thats about as good as your gonna get!
As the lumber is being cut, it is being stacked and stickered on a parked front loader.
From here the wood is sent to the air drying area. It will sit there for approx 6 weeks before it is put into the kiln. If you a woodworker and live anywhere remotely close to Lawrenceburg Ky, you owe it to yourself to check out this sawmill. Gary takes care of his customers and stands 100% behind his products. Make the trip and I promise you won’t be dissappointed, best lumber and prices in Ky.
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