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Forum topic by Vance posted 10-11-2015 01:23 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2015 01:23 PM

Several weeks ago, a coworker offered me a log from a tree he was planning on felling. It was one of three ash trees that had succumb to beetles and he was taking down before they could rot. Below are photos of the tree moments after it hit the ground.

Later that week, I went to his place to help load a log for him and myself to haul to a local mill. The one marked with the H is Hal’s and the one with the L is mine. They measure about 24-26” across by about 8.5’ long and weigh about 3 million tons!

The next several shots are of my log on the mill, getting sliced at 2” thick boards. This will leave me in good shape to have a long time supply of wood for my guitar making. I ended up with 10 good long boards.

This is just one section of one of my boards as I was loading them into my garage for storage while the dry. Pretty cool grain. It’s actually got more lines than I expected and I’m VERY ok with that. I was expecting very clear, bland grain.

This is the stack, in my garage where it’ll sit. And wait.

And here is the stack with the ends all sealed up to help keep things drying at comfortable rate without a ton of splitting and resulting loss.

The way I figured the math, there is, if everything dries OK, about 50-54 guitar body blanks in this stack. Far more than I’ll ever use but nice to know I have. The wood was free, as was the transport to the mill and to my home, (both people refused my offer to pay for gas but I’ll make it up to each of them some how) and the mill only charged me $26.50 to cut it all. I’m a VERY happy camper!!!

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#1 posted 10-11-2015 01:25 PM

Oh, he’s also got some walnut trees that he’ll be bringing down in the next month or so and has already suggested me getting some of that. I’ve gotten a couple small pieces of his walnut before and hearing this really made me happy!!! Updates on that adventure as I can!!!

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 01:51 PM

Lucky dog!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 01:53 PM

Superior stuff. That will make some beautiful guitars!

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 04:15 PM

Vance, you suck. If only I could come across opportunities like that!

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 04:37 PM

Wow, that’s awesome. I spent about what your sawyer charged just for one hunk of ash to make one guitar blank.


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#6 posted 10-11-2015 05:57 PM

Some people really get lucky. Congratulations on the birthday present.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-12-2015 01:22 AM

Your Sawyer must be a Philanthropist.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 10-12-2015 01:30 PM

I would have more stickers (every 16”).

I would also band the stack with straps.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 10-12-2015 02:11 PM

Rwe2156, I unstacked, cleaned all the sawdust off and restacked everything yesterday. When I did this, I added more cribbing on each layer as I knew the three per layer was a temporary thing. I do like the idea of banding the stack but I only have ratchet straps and I don’t think I have what it takes

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#10 posted 10-12-2015 02:33 PM

Congrats on the free wood! Would you mind sharing the details about the mill? I might have a need of a good one soon (pesky ash borers). I am actually south of Dayton. Thanks and I look forward to seeing the Walnut also.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 10-12-2015 02:47 PM

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 06:20 PM

John, I completely forgot to respond to your question about the mill operator. Send me a PM and I’ll send you his info. I will say he’s just south of Pleasant Hill, OH and his main business is both the mill and building bird feeders/houses for wholesale, like if you bought a cedar bird feeder from a feed and grain store in this area, it’s probably one of his. He also does some serious woodcraft as well. Like this all walnut door.

He made 4 of these for a cabin built in the 1790 and kept them very period correct. These things are solid and HEAVY!!!

For those willing, I’ll be asking a question about drying in this same forum, so look for it if you have some constructive criticism.


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#13 posted 10-29-2015 09:01 PM

Very cool. Very very cool. How long does it need to dry like that before you are able to start making guitars?

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#14 posted 10-29-2015 09:55 PM

dbocle2, I’m not sure . This is my first time getting lumber in bulk like this so I’m VERY new to drying so it’s a waiting game.

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#15 posted 10-31-2015 02:48 PM

Great find

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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