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Forum topic by Tony posted 12-31-2009 03:51 PM 1135 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tony

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12-31-2009 03:51 PM

Just a few photographs of next years lumber to be cut.

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The logs on the left were delivered yesterday (30-12-2009) and cut down the day before. They measure 2’ diameter (smallest) by 10’ long.

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The same logs, this time showing the M7 saw mill. I estimate that I will get about 750bf of lumber from this small stack. Most of this will be milled to 12/4 or 16/4 – I already have a large quantity of 8/4 & 4/4.

As the tree was cut down mid winter, it has not been taking any moisture for about 4 months and has been frozen to -30°C for quite a few weeks, the MC of the wood is only about 40 – 50%. Once cut, this will all be air dried outside for at least 2 years, before moving inside for another year or so, where it will easily become 8% MC in this time. It is not a fast process, but it will be well worth the wait. I do expect to get some splitting of the boards, but they will be painted when the freezing weather stops and before the warm sun gets on the ends.

I have not counted the growth rings yet, but I estimate that the tree is over 200 years old and quite rare to find a birch of this size and in such good condition at the base (no rot).

I’ll post some more on the cutting of the logs in the spring time when it is a little warmer and dryer.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)


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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 04:00 PM

Excellent lumber gain my friend.
That will make some very nice things.
750 BFis a quite a Birch stock!
That M7 sure comes in handy!

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 04:09 PM

Since I bought the M7, I estimate that I have milled about 5000 bf of lumber (most of it is ready for use) the mill certainly has paid for itself already, but more importantly, I get lumber that would not be normally available or cuttable by a conventional mill.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 04:14 PM

Quite a few people have those mills here and they cut for other people too, do you do the same cut for others?
Is yours like a band saw or circular saw?

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 04:16 PM

I just looked it up it is not the same as the one I have seen yours must be with a power saw.

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 04:23 PM

The Logosol M7 uses a chain saw, my chain blades are 40cm and 90 cm long. So I can easily cut some pretty big logs or very unusual shaped logs. see my blog for an example.

There is an attachment for fitting a band saw module also – so it is quite versatile.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 04:41 PM

Nice score Tony.
I love the look of birch for a light hardwood.
It’s really pretty when the grain shows as in older woods.
You are indeed pretty lucking to get 60 cm with no rot.
I am envious of your M7 and now wishing you were my neighbour! <vbg>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 04:57 PM

Great stash of wood Tony. Cant wait to see your cutting operation. Happy New Year !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Tony

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 05:04 PM

The Logosol M7 uses a chain saw, my chain blades are 40cm and 90 cm long. So I can easily cut some pretty big logs or very unusual shaped logs. see my blog for an example.

There is an attachment for fitting a band saw module also – so it is quite versatile.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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GFYS

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#9 posted 12-31-2009 05:53 PM

wow nice birch. I’m also sawing up some birch this winter. I have decided to saw up some more cotton wood after seeing the finished boards….I use a Jonsered 2186 chansaw mill with 22’ carriage.

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#10 posted 12-31-2009 08:55 PM

Nice wood Tony. Can’t wait to see your finished product.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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8iowa

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#11 posted 12-31-2009 11:32 PM

Tony:

Magnificent logs! The birch trees here in the U.P. don’t approach that size. They also rot very fast if left out in the elements.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 01-02-2010 07:31 AM

I love Birch…looks like you’ll have a nice supply to work with , Tony. Any definite plans for it yet ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 05:38 PM

Great score Tony, I cant wait to see what you do with it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#14 posted 01-10-2010 01:46 PM

I have no idea at the moment what I will do with it – I will have to wait until May before I start to mill the wood (it will be still frozen until then). Once I start the milling process, I can look at the grain and patters (if any), but probablt I will just cut it into 12/4 or 16/4 slabs and leave it for many years to mature with age.

I will post the cutting process, maybe even a video.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 03:11 PM

I looked up the Logosol at their website. Nice tool! I will be interested in watching your video’s of milling this up.

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