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Forum topic by RickB posted 08-19-2010 06:26 PM 1339 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2010 06:26 PM

Need suggestions from all who know more than me here (which is most of you)...

First a bit of a story: I own 60 acres in SW Michigan. Some of the land is in timber, including oak, maple, walnut, and beech. Some of it is abandon orchard.

In the spring, a big storm came up and uprooted several large trees. My brother in law lives near the property, is a forrester, and has a small mill in his back yard. He offered to mill down some of the smaller logs. Much as I would like it, I just do not have the space at my house (3 hours away) to store a lot of lumber. A few pieces sure, but not a lot.

Now, this weekend, I am heading to the property with chainsaw in hand. I am going to do some clearing of downed timber to facilitate deer hunting this fall.

It just seems to me like I should be able to harvest a bit of lumber with just a chainsaw. Maybe just cut some log cross sections to make small tables (they are big logs).

I have a chainsaw and large logs… I would love some suggestions as to where to go from here…

So, a few more specific questions:
1) what could I get, in the way of lumber, armed with just a chainsaw?

2) Is there any projects listed here that use a log cross section?

3) How do you finish a live edge? Any links here?

4) Any suggestions as to how to use this resource?



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#1 posted 08-19-2010 11:56 PM

Hey Rick, it sounds like there is more lumber there than you can use, and for that matter, more than you want to deal with at the current time. My two cents … do a survey of the downed lumber, definitely figure out the species of the downed trees, and maybe even figure out the approximate board footage that is there. You might be able to mill and sell some of the lumber with the help of your BIL. The lumber that you determine has value and that you don’t have the time/resources to deal with you could just store on the site … cut them into 10 foot (give or take) logs, take the limbs/firewood off, and seal the ends of the logs. Hopefully the BIL has a tractor to assist in getting the logs to a decent stacking/storage area.

Now, if you don’t have the means to move the logs, you can use your chainsaw to mill lumber out of ‘em. Google “Alaska Mill” to get the basic idea as to how it’s done.

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 11:59 PM

Oh yeah …

And, your other option is to find a local sawyer who has the experience/means to deal with the trees. If there is value there, I bet you’ll be able to work out some sort of deal where you keep some of the lumber, he keeps some.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 04:22 AM

Buy a lot of insurance. Going into storm downed timber with just a chain saw is a qiuck way to end your life. You need heavy equipment and lots of experanced timbermen to clear storm damage.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 04:38 AM

You might want to try and sell your excess logs to other woodworkers with the stipulation they haul them of. Just a thought.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 02:19 PM

There alot of research you can do on drying out lumber. You could this on site. I would have your bil cut it into 4/4 and 8/4 8 to 10 ft long seal the ends and let it dry out.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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