|Forum topic by BSouther||posted 09-28-2009 07:43 PM||3064 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
09-28-2009 07:43 PM
I’m fairly new to woodworking and know little about timber cutting and sawmill operations. Hoping that some more experienced lumberjocks can offer quick advice and ideas:
An electric utility company recently bought one of my close relative’s land to be strip-mined for lignite coal. He brought in loggers from a local timber company to harvest any commercially viable trees but told me I can pick some trees for myself and instruct the sawmill what I want them to do with the wood. But I have to do this very fast, or it will be too late.
I mostly want to get a nice stash of hardwood lumber for building furniture, but also interested in larger timbers/lumber that I can use to build a cabin and outbuilding/shop on my adjacent property.
The area where timber is available has a few nice pines and some large red cedars (25+” diameter) but mostly mixed hardwoods—Oak, Hickory, Sweetgum. I haven’t ID’d the oaks yet but probably most are Post Oak and some variety of red oaks. I’m going to the property ASAP to look for specific trees … don’t know if I can find any true White Oak trees or Southern Red Oak, as these seem rare in the area. I think I spotted one big 70-80’ Laurel Oak.
My first thought was to pick 1 nice red oak for conventional saw and 1 white oak or post oak to be quarter sawn, and then as many big cedars as I can and asking the sawmill to cut as many posts/beams as possible, with remainder cut for smaller boards or pieces that can be finished as shakes/shingles. I don’t know if it’s a good idea to use cedar for timber framing or for structural posts and beams—I’m sure they would need to be thicker or shorter spans than oak, but trees seem big enough to accommodate. I also thought I could probably resaw for siding and furniture if I decided not to use for frame construction.
I would appreciate any ideas. What would you do? Any guidance on how to work with a sawmill and get the most out of trees?
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