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Forum topic by IanB22 posted 01-14-2013 11:17 AM 1064 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2013 11:17 AM

Wow, I am really excited to find such a great forum. After the wife put the screws to me (as you may have experienced!) I decided to take a look at a lot of the old tools in the workshed from my ‘grampy’ and decided to try out a little bit of wood working.

Sadly, I am short on most power tools, but hand tools I have up the ying-yang, so after a lot of youtube watching and being subscribed to David Barron’s Furniture blog. I found myself out hunting for wood on my property. Here is what the cat dragged in, and I have no idea if it will be useful as I think I need to either

A: Build a proper DIY chainsaw mill
B: Not cut into something I don’t have the Bar to cut all the way through on the chainsaw!
C: setup, and cut something or mark something with a chalk line next time so it’s straight!

Obviously I need to do all of the above, but here is my first attempt at converting a downed tree into something useful besides firewood. Maple that is probably 150-200 years old.


Well I guess I need to learn how to post a photo….here is the direct link

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 12:52 PM

that sure is a nice pc of wood make something nice with it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 04:27 PM

Welcome to the LJs group.

Yes that is a great piece of wood.

Using my bandsaw (Grizzly 17”) I can resaw a log up to 12” in diameter. A friend will cut logs about 3 feet long, then bring them over to resaw into 2” thick slabs and dry them in his attic. So far he is happy with the results.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 01:28 AM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

thats a nice piece of wood.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 10:06 PM

Wow, that’s a golden nugget of a find right there. I love the figure and color of the grain.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 04:54 PM

Here is that same piece after a few months of drying, and after some BAD checking, I find I had to cut it down to the following, still the the opposing crotch that I can use, but here is what I have after 3+ months.

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 05:01 PM

If you cut that with a chainsaw, then get an Alaskan chainsaw mill. It will make it easier. I can testify that woodworking is a good alternatives to wives.

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 05:03 PM

Welcome to the asylum Ian!
I use to cut chunks out of downed trees with a little 12” limbing chainsaw until I got my big saws and a decent chainsaw mill.

The secret to using the small saw was to cut down, (stand the log up), on one side only, then when you make that complete cut come back from the other side and finish it out using the whole bar. That way it has to follow the previous cut.

Good Luck!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 05:38 PM

Welcome to LJ.

This guy made his own band saw and set up to use it as a band saw mill. Not for the faint of heart, he is an engineer, but the plans are for sale.

You can resaw with hand tools too if you really want to and need the exercise. :)

I don’t know at what point a band saw mill is better than a chain saw mill. I’m also curious about how people dry slabs. If you paint the end grain or use anchor seal how much checking does that prevent?

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 09:56 PM

I’ve recently put anchorseal on some green sweetgum (I think it was a week ago) and there’s already a bit of checking in the center. I’m going to be milling the pieces on my bandsaw as quickly as possible to get them into boards for better drying.

I think I’d have a lot more checking without it though. But I didn’t want to sacrifice a piece for the experiment.

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