|Forum topic by tyskkvinna||posted 06-11-2012 02:33 AM||920 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
06-11-2012 02:33 AM
I recently got a bunch of logs—Mulberry, Ash, Hickory, Cherry, Elm and maybe Sycamore. The logs are all relatively short (about 2”) and vary between 6” and 14” dia. A lot of them I will be using for turning, but I want to make a bunch of boards too.
I milled a couple of them this weekend and it was not too bad! But I am looking for advice. I have no particular plans for this wood.. I just think it would be nice to turn into some flat projects, eventually.
How thick should I mill them? The ones I did already I did 5/4, 4/4 or so. This is a lot thicker than I think I will actually use, but I’m preparing myself for warping/cupping/etc. I think if I make them thinner I will end up with not much usable lumber later. Is that a correct general assumption?
I’m also thinking it would be best to keep them a little thicker and then later resaw them down if they do in fact handle just fine.
If it matters, right now they are air drying and I plan this week to build a little (for varying values of “little”) kiln.