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Forum topic by ki7hy posted 09-26-2016 09:15 PM 1070 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ki7hy

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09-26-2016 09:15 PM

There has to be a better way other than a saw mill. I’ve been working my but off with the chain saw and band saw but it’s slow going and tiring. Maybe I’m just a fat out of shape slob or maybe I have too much to process, this is far more than I would normally do all at once.

I was given the opportunity to get a couple of truck fills of lumber. I’m very grateful but man I’ve put a lot of time into this. I have gotten some species that I wouldn’t be able to get and it’s all really dry except one type from the same tree. Overall it’s great but I’m never going to finish. I still have the mesquite from last time I didn’t even start on. It’s a mess. Any tips would help but I’m pretty much doing it all right I believe.


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DirtyMike

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#1 posted 09-26-2016 09:31 PM

Cutting longer stock with a proper sawmill would help tremendously. Good looking wood though.

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 09-26-2016 10:12 PM

The only way I can think of to save yourself some work is to share it with your fellow Lumberjocks.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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ki7hy

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#3 posted 09-26-2016 10:28 PM

I wish I had a sawmill but I don’t have space for one. So that’s not in my future.

Definitely getting a butt kicking. I’m packing up, will do more in a couple weeks.

Lazy man, you’ll find a better way. Come on over.

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onoitsmatt

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 10:52 PM

Your finished boards look great. Any possibility of splitting them then running them through the band saw? I know that mesquite twists as it grows, so might be impossible to yield any decent lumber by splitting, but might be able to do it on some shorter bits and straighter lengths.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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ki7hy

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#5 posted 09-26-2016 11:46 PM

Matt, I split them first with a chain saw then I run them through a band saw. Mesquite is crazy stable. When it’s dry, it won’t move so you can rely on that wood. Mesquite has been the easy species for me. I have a couple here much harder.

FYI don’t think I forgot about you. I was thinking all weekend “I should get ahold of that dude for some help”. I didn’t plan on spending my weekend on this, it’s too much to leave sitting around though. Either way there’s still too much sitting around I still need to mill. I was mostly bitching because this part of the hobby is the worst. Using the wood is awesomeness though and getting cool species is awesome. This is just a big haul. Too big. That last mesquite haul is about 1/4 of what all of this is and that was a big haul for me normally.

I believe I’m doing it right, at least with what’s available to me. I’m just complaining. The wood is coming out fantastic for the most part though. I’ll have you over for the fun soon, be ready to be sore. I’ll send you home with a little mesquite and sore muscles.

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 12:13 AM

I’ve always been fond of wedges and malls. Just don’t try to split them this way on top of concrete.

You should be able to place the wedge off center and cut each stump into three or four chunks. It’s a bit more labor intensive, but might actually be quicker than busting out the chainsaw on each one….

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#7 posted 09-27-2016 12:45 AM

You could definitely share some of that burl/stump. That would help. Bet that’s got some cool grain in it. What species is it? Can’t tell from the end grain since it looks weathered.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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ki7hy

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#8 posted 09-27-2016 01:04 AM

Uncanny, I do have one wedge. I used it to help the chain saw. I’m a Neanderthal at heart and love working with my hand tools and do mostly but this process is not a hand tool deal for me. So a chainsaw is what I use. I actually have an Ego electric chain saw. Battery powered. Lasts fairly well through the mesquite and anything softer but definitely runs the battery short on the harder stuff. I have a gas powered but it’s a pain so I rarely drag it out. Too loud too. Definitely love the Ego, maybe I should review it.

Jmart, I don’t know what the stump is but that burl is going to be a Christmas gift when I open it up for sure. I think it’s acacia or some kind of eucalyptus but I can’t be positive. It’s very weathered. I’ll know when I finally split it but I think it will be a couple weeks. Could be olive too, the bark I can see looks like it but it’s hard to tell. It’s of course extremely heavy. Made a huge thud rolling it out of my truck.

I was super stoked to finish my tool chest this weeekend but this came up unexpectedly so I jumped on it. I get a three day weekend every week so today is my Sunday then I’m taking the next weekend off from milling. Way too sore and have other things.

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DirtyMike

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#9 posted 09-27-2016 01:08 AM

Do you happen to have a sharp ripping chain on that there chainsaw?

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ki7hy

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#10 posted 09-27-2016 01:11 AM

I do. I have two chains. I sharpen them. I think I’m just a wus, bitching too much. It’s just more than I do normally for a hobby and some of this is like stone. If you think mesquite is hard stuff, trip this red eucalyptus or whatever this pink stuff is.

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tool_junkie

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#11 posted 09-27-2016 01:16 AM

Are you using the right type of chain on your chain saw? I read several posts on chainsaw mills and they highly recommend using a chain for splitting, not cross cutting. People say the task of splitting becomes much easier and less intensive on the saw with a splitting chain.

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#12 posted 09-27-2016 01:33 AM

I can imagine how rough it is to mill short stock. I assume you got this as free firewood already cut up?

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ki7hy

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#13 posted 09-27-2016 02:08 AM

I didn’t even think of that. I will have to look for a rip chain or see what mine is. It’s an r56 from Oregon. I have two of those but will look to see if there is something better. Thanks for the tip. When I do the mesquite or anything softer it’s really never a big deal. This stuff is tough though.

I do get this stuff free already cut to logs. Some of it I just use for turning, most of the other stuff is 2.5ft – 4.5ft. That’s worth making boards if it’s thick enough, otherwise I will turn it.

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ki7hy

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#14 posted 09-27-2016 11:14 PM

OK Guys/gals,

I’m a total newb with the idea of a ripping chainsaw chain. I just hadn’t thought about the difference I suppose.

I’m not a newbie to using found logs but some of this stuff is significantly harder than the mesquite I normally play with. I did google some things but I am struggling to find a rip cut chain that would work in my saw. It uses the Oregon r56 chain but I don’t know if I’m searching right or not for the replacement equivalent for ripping.

Any help would be appreciated. I want to try for sure.

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DirtyMike

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#15 posted 09-28-2016 12:07 AM

Im confused you responded yes when i ask if you had a ripping chain on that there saw. If you do in fact need a ripping chain hit up baileys, I have used their ripping chains in the past with good results. If they dont have the correct link count for your saw you can always shorten it. Just make sure the other specs are correct to your saw. good luck

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