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Hautions

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03-03-2013 03:04 AM

This summer one of our old cherry trees fell during a storm. It took out the power lines and fell across our neighbors drive way. It was a big mess. It was a really nice log about 35’ long and 31” to 28” in diameter. I found a local guy with a saw mill that would come and get the logs, saw them and then split the lumber 1/3 for me and 2/3 for him. I hated to chunk the tree in to fire wood, so I had him come and pick up the 3 11” sections that I cut the tree in to. He delivered the lumber yesterday and it is REALLY spectacular. Most boards are 12 to 16” wide. He did several 5/4 boards and the balance is 4-4. Some of the 18” 11’ boards are 100% clear. wonderful stuff. For your viewing pleasure, about 300 board feet.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust


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#1 posted 03-04-2013 01:53 AM

Great lumber, too bad about the way you got it.

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 03:02 AM

Too bad he took the lion’s share. Around here it is usually 50-50, but only if you haul the logs to him and haul your own lumber home. I’ve found it best to hire the guy by the hour and get 100 percent of the wood. Even with medium-sized logs he and I usually cut 1700 board feet in a 7-hour day. At $50 per hour that’s good lumber at 34 cents per board foot.

Of course you do have to pile (sticker) the slab boards for at least a year to air-dry. Outside is better because the wind helps dry it better and faster. However, outside stacks need a cover; I usually make mine out of 2 X 4’s framed like a wall and covered with sheet metal, having 6-inch overhang on the sides and 12-inch on the ends. A perfectly level base made of two-three stringers and 4 X 4 cross-members is critical to get flat (non-twisted) boards.

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 10:12 AM

Thanks for the input And he offered 50 50 if I brought the logs to him, but I do not have a way to haul them. I have a spot for drying that I built last year. Another tree fell and smashed my back garage. When I rebuilt it I added a 12’ pad and extended the roof to create a covered area. This is where I plan to dry the the wood. Here is a pick.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 06:07 PM

Stickered pile is all done. 61 degrees here today, great to be outside.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 08:20 PM

Hopefully you at least got to select your 1/3 of the pile ! Nice stacking job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 09:12 PM

I actually helped him saw it and picked my boards. I have another 1000 ft in the yard to take out later this year. I am smoking ribs this afternoon, maybe the smoke will help a little, couldn’t hurt.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 03:05 AM

All depends what yer smokin’ ; )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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