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Forum topic by CWGriswold posted 12-16-2010 01:39 AM 1317 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2010 01:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band-saw mill lumber milling pear wood european pear drying lumber question milling

Hello out there,

I’m in the process of acquiring some bartlett pear logs from an orchard that is being replanted. I’d like to get some feedback on a few different issues:

1. Does anyone know of any band saw mill operators in the San Francisco bay area?
2. Any input on how best to mill the logs? 4/4, 5/4, 8/4? Slabs? The trunks are approximately 12-16” in diameter.
3. I’ve heard citrus lumber can be tricky to dry. This will be my first time milling and drying lumber. Any suggestions or special precautions I should take in drying this material. Right now my plan is to set up an outside platform, and once the ends are sealed and it’s been milled, stack and sticker with a tarp to cover it. Maybe weight the stacks down to keep the boards flat?
4. Is anyone located in the Bay Area or Northern California interested in partnering up on this venture? There are potentially many trees available. I have a trailer and will be picking up the trunks myself.

Thanks for the input folks.

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 02:18 AM

I’ve run across a number of folks with portable mills in Marin County, and one of the guys involved with Safari West has a slab business, if Sonoma is a reasonable place to do milling I could track down them.

I’d love to participate in this, however I’m currently shy on space. If business goes right maybe I can finally get that shop built in the next few months, but I’ve got a half ton pickup that can move a little bit, and if I can get the shop built then I can find a place to stack and sticker for drying…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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