Weekend Cuttings

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Blog entry by sw_iowa_sawyer posted 04-27-2009 10:53 PM 1009 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last few weeknds I have been trying to get the basswood logs that I have cut up. It needs to be done before weather get too warm and causes them to blue stain, a big issue for carving stock. I have gotten all but one log cut up and stacked and managed to cut a few butternut logs that were in the way cut up as well. They are stacked in several stacks and are air drying in my barn. I enjoy cutting butternut, and basswood, as it cuts easy, and is always interesting to see what is beneath the surface of the bark. I don’t enjoy hauling the slabs which can be as big as 10” wide and 5” inches thick around and stacking them up. I am glad I have strong kids although, it might be cheaper to hire day labor as kids are kind of expensive. I have a couple walnut logs to cut up next and then several big white oak logs after that. then just 5 more butternut logs and I will be all caught up. Until something else shows up, maybe some red oak as I am getting low the logging business is hurting now and it makes getting logs more difficult. I am glab I have a day job too.

I also managed to find some time to do work on two federal card tables I am building (got the bug from the t-chisel forum) and finished the bricking glue up on both tables. Building one out of walnut and one out of cherry. Since I caught the bug I figured I start several federal/shaker tables as well. They are out of ash, coffee bean, qtr sawn sycamore, and walnut. They did a crazy leg table with a fan inlay and I am excited to that to the walnut table not sure what I will do on the others.

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 04:38 AM

I’d love to have my own mill, but I can’t justify the purchase for the pine logs that I have available to me. If there were more deciduous hardwoods near me I’d give it a go. Very jealous indeed :)

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#2 posted 04-30-2009 11:59 PM

Just so you know, I don’t always post on peoples blogs, but since you are new, I’ll let you know that I added you as a buddy and love reading blogs about milling lumber. I’ll keep reading as long as you keep posting and I’ll try to add feedback as I go. Thanks for the post. It looks like you’ve got some wonderful material there.

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 12:27 AM

How is Butternut to work with? I know basswood is soft and great for carving crafts and figurines. Is it anything like Black Walnut (straight grained)?

I need a sawyer, or a long single toothed beaver to lumber my maple logs!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 02:56 AM

Those a some big slab what are they 16/4

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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