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Forum topic by AlexMcA posted 07-25-2017 04:31 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AlexMcA

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07-25-2017 04:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple milling log chainsaw

I wanted to share this with everyone. This is my first real adventure into chainsaw milling.

We moved into a new home last year with an over grown yard. We hired arborists to trim some up, and take down some dying poplars and a cedar which was overhanging the garage. Those smaller (12-20” diameter) logs were milled last summer with a bandsaw mill and are stacked and stickered in my back yard.

I got talking about woodworking with the arborists, and they offered to deliver some maple logs free of charge. They told me they had a big one, that was over 30” across they were cutting soon. Well, when it got delivered it measured 46-48” across, with a crotch section over 63”. It was delivered in 2 pieces of about 5-6 feet long.

They sat on my front lawn for almost a full year before I was able to find someone with a chainsaw mill large enough to tackle them. We ended up having to trim the crotch to 53” to fit the mill.

The crotch piece is being slabbed 3” thick.

The butt log has been cut into 3” thick rounds, and is now coated in end sealer to hopefully reduce cracking. I wet them with some water to highlight the grain.

I have plans to keep a couple rounds for some future tables, and already have takers for 4 of the 10 extras we were able to cut. I will keep at least 3 of the slabs for a future kitchen island. We are not done milling, as we hit a rock in the crotch and damaged the chain. There are 4 slabs cut now, with probably another 4 to cut.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 07-25-2017 08:18 PM

I’m going to be honest not trying to be mean.
The first pic showing the trunk with the twist is usually a sign of wood that will misbehave.Hopefully you can get some of the slabs dry and still have something to work with.
The cross grain cuts or cookies are a waste of time they will almost certainly crack and warp.Nothing can stop that from happening.
I pass on trees from yards I’ve learned my lessons the hard way.
Good luck

-- Aj

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AlexMcA

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 11:44 AM

No offence taken AJ. My immediate plan is to stack and sticker them under cover then wait. I will sell enough to cover my out of pocket costs, then see what survives the drying process.

I now have a better appreciation for the high cost of large thick boards and slabs at the local lumber store!

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 01:03 AM

I disagree about the cookies being worthless. I have several maple cookies that are 42” diameter and yes they have one large crack in them, but they make great coffee tables. You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces. My cookies were cut about 3”-4” and they end up 2.5”-3” after drying and flattening.

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-- Matt Rogers, http://www.cleanairwoodworks.com and http://www.cleanairyurts.com

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 04:14 PM



You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces.

That’s a damn good idea. Thanks for sharing it!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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AlexMcA

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 04:43 PM


You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces.

I really like that idea, as I was planning on using some keys/butterflies where it cracked anyways. I think I will do that to at least 2 that I am keeping. Right now they are all stacked and stickered in the backyard to dry out.

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