Finishing up the Red Oak adventure

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Blog entry by sw_iowa_sawyer posted 04-12-2010 11:23 PM 1322 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since several of you folks asked I will show you the finishing up of cutting the red oak logs. The story continues from the end of the last adventure with the 7 logs cut up and ready to go. The first three whole logs went pretty uneventful a little hard to roll as they are heavy but it worked out all right. Here is the last of the whole logs with an action shot during the cut. The saw is running with me pushing it I just didn’t want to be in the photo.

I use my mills hydraulics to turn the logs, funny they don’t seem to work as well as they did a few years ago.

I didn’t want to be in that photo either but I feel like it is my civic duty to save you folks who think it would be fun to have a sawmill (does that look fun?)
The other 4 logs were bigger and I decided to quarter them all down to a more manageable size.
This was typical of the quarters as you can see they have some spoilage from being down for awhile

They were not as good as I had hoped but sometimes that it the way things work out.
Here is the way I cut the quarters up into lumber. This is what the log looks like on the saw.

So the saw is run down the log to remove the pith and hopefully most of the spoiled wood. Which is a pretty color of green so maybe this was irish oak and not spoiled at all.

Then the log is rolled 180 degrees and you take another slab to remove the bark.

Then the slab is rotated 90 degrees and you start cutting lumber.

As with any group venture someone is always trying to be the boss.
Here is my business partner complaining about low production rates and offering advise

I cut my own lumber but I have it graded by someone else. The inspector claims they have some new age method of listening to what the wood tells them and then grade it based on that. I have always suspected I was being cheated and this new method was bogus. I had the feeling that based on the amount of time it took to grade a load something was a foot
NEW AGE my foot caught sleeping on the job !!!!! This clown is a free loader looking for a easy mark. I gave him his walking papers, let him go loaf on somebody else’s dime.
So with all the grief with my business partner, and being forced to fire my lumber grader, and having to work outside in such harsh conditions.
Was it worth all the work? That is a tough one

Yep, enough said…....

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 11:38 PM

Looks like you were plenty rewarded for your effort.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 12:11 AM

boy that is some niiicccceeee red oak

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 01:04 AM

wow! can you please send me some, that has to be the best oak i’ve ever seen.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 03:27 AM

I see a wrongful dismissal suite coming up :-) Great looking wood.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 05:42 AM

Thanks for the post Sawyer. Would you say the lumber was quarter sawn or rift sawn using that technique?


-- Jim

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 04:13 PM

I am expecting to be served papers soon over the firing but I may opt for binding arbitration.

When you cut a log section like that the first couple boards are rift sawn and the rest is all true quarter sawn. The oak was probably some of the best quarter sawn red oak I have ever cut with big flecks that will make some great furniture.

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