Done with the expensive white oak log

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Blog entry by sw_iowa_sawyer posted 03-30-2010 12:49 AM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was finally able to get back to the white log that has been on the saw for a while. It has been a while so I will back track a little. Here is the log it ran 32” and had to be trimmed to even start with a chain saw.

So the process is simple enough find your best side and slab then rotate and slab etc until you have a four sides cant. Well this logs runs about 3500 lbs so that presents a problem.

Three sides cut need to roll it.

Then once you have all fours sides square start cutting your best face for lumber.
This log and been down a while and was hard and dry I used a lot of water to help the blade but still used 3 blades. So it was time for a blade change

It was slow cutting but this made it worth it over 20” slabs

Here is a shot of the saw in action

Once I reached about 10” on the cant I turned it and started taking smaller boards off of that
Had to roll it first

The lumber was perfect

I stacked the boards off to the side to be edged later

Here is the straight line process

I also try not to waste any wood if I can help it so I put the first slab back on and cut a few more boards from it.

Finally the finished pile stacked and stickered. I have cut a fair amout of lumber but this size white log was tough on a manual mill, I think I like 24” ish logs better.

The high cost of the log had something to due with a new truck and a teenage son but that is another story.

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 08:03 AM

Makes me want to sell something and get my own mill so I can be there for the birth of the wood. Cool.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 07:48 PM

That is just awesome!!! Thanks for the photos.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 08:49 PM

I am absolutly jealous!

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 10:38 PM

can u send me some please! LOL

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 11:06 PM

Some guys get to have all the fun. Where can I get that in a wheelchair size on concrete?

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