Decisions on milling two walnut logs

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Forum topic by Ropelie posted 03-09-2016 03:11 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2016 03:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mill walnut chair stock flitch

I finally cut two walnut trees down for a few reasons. I hate picking up after them, I want to expand my garden, I want more fruit trees and I want a pleathora of walnut boards! One is 12 foot at the first crotch and about 24” in diameter. The other is 20 foot and a little smaller. I have researched air drying and DIY kiln to finish it down to 8% or so. I have one shot at this, I can’t afford $8/bd ft to finish my dining set! This is pretty a one and done kinda thing. Plus I’m out of walnut trees in my yard.

My current interest is chair stock for some dining chairs. I have my eyes on a few sculpted low back chairs and maybe two full sized chairs. Do these chairs generally require 48” stock? I plan on flitch sawing at 9/4.

My question is if I cut the 12 footer at 8 foot and 4 foot does it make sense to have the bottom trunk the 4 foot section or part of the 8 foot section? Same question for the 20 footer. Do I mill as much at 8 foot as possible and cut to length later? I’m paying 55/hour with a 30 dollar free for any metal hit.

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 03:29 PM

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 03:30 PM

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 04:02 PM

I would cut the 12’ at 8.5’ at the bottom. Leave a foot or so on both branches and cut through the crotch on the upper part leaving that at about 5’. It’s not the most usable for normal stuff, but could have some intersting grain. I’d cut the smaller one at the same length as the previous 8.5’. If you cut it in half, 10’ each, you’ll have more problems trying to dry those. Keep as many of your logs the same length as possible to keep your stack consistent. 10’ boards are a pain to move and I find 8.5 is a good medium.

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#4 posted 03-10-2016 02:33 AM

I do this a lot, and I agree with rock’s plan.

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

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#5 posted 03-10-2016 02:47 AM

That’s the plan! Thanks for the help

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