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Blog entry by sw_iowa_sawyer posted 05-09-2011 06:42 PM 1075 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I have milled any logs so since it is spring I thought I would get busy. I have some walnut logs that need to be cut, mostly odds and ends that I will cut into 8/4 stock for carving bases I think. I also had a buddy ask me if I wanted a couple nice maple trees. I like maple for drawer sides so I thought what the heck. The big log the lifted with a crane and as they set it on my trailer guy said “how are you unload that at home” LIGHT BULB comes on unload it at home at that moment that was the first time I had even thought that far.
So after some careful thought I decided to split them so smaller log first

That was easy

So easy in fact I was foolish enough to think the second one would be just a easy. This one measured 32” at the small end so I began, after several hours later and after cutting and cutting and cutting it split FINALLY

It wasn’t pretty and running a saw that long beats you up pretty good but the end I guess is what matters!

That was a workout and what a mess!!

Now once I got that done I needed to wrangle a walnut log that is on my saw so I can mill it and get this maple cut up before the weather gets too hot and it stains.

Here is the log on the saw looks easy enough right.
Until you get a different perspective.

All that for some run of the mill maple I will wager I will never ever attempt to undertake that effort again for SURE…unless it is a walnut log, or maybe a cherry one or perhaps a curly maple log or maybe even a nice red oak…I need help serious help I think I may have sawmillidis
Enough for now I will continue this later…........

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 07:02 PM

yea that was a job you took on for sure…i just had some really nice pecan sawed up for me and is now in the rack drying….would love to get some walnut in the rack as well…ive got 2 nice walnuts that are just waiting to be taken…but my timing has to be just right with these two….i would like to see how this walnut ended up …i love walnut…good luck

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 07:02 PM

That looks like a good example of “no pain, no gain…”

Think of it from this perspective, you got outside for a while in the sunshine, spent some quality time producing what others would have just gone to the store and bought… Not to mention you got your workout in. No need to go the gym now right?

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 07:33 PM

I cut down a 20” walnut this weekend.. Carpenter ants had made a mess about 16’ up in the tree and caused the top to break off a few years back. When I cut it down, the main crotch was all infested too, about 12’ up. Finally ended up with 10’ of nice, solid truck. A little anchorseal and I’m just waiting for the guy from the mill down the road to come pick it up, mill it, and kiln dry it.

25+ more walnut trees in my yard to go, 2 of them dead. The next one is a dead 26”-er that is probably 40-50 tall.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 10:24 PM

Can’t these logs just be split with some wedges and a maul? I’ve done that and it just took a few minutes. My logs weren’t quite as large as yours, but they split really easy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 10:50 PM

I played with some small, dry walnut logs on my bandsaw this weekend and splitting them seemed WAY easier than resawing. I might try to split a few this weekend. It’ll give me an excuse to order a fro from toolsforworkingwood:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 10:50 PM

froe, not fro. Lol.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 12:02 AM

I understood you, broe.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 02:49 AM

Well, one tip for unloading a log would be to hook a chain around the log and you have to have a handy tree or another vehicle to pull it off.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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