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07-26-2013 02:48 PM

Here’s one of the many boards sawn from four logs of the dying cherry tree taken from my property. We QS’d two of them and flat sawed the other two for door panels. It took over three hours to saw the four logs and load them onto a long-bed pickup and a small trailer. Then it took another three hours to unload it all and sticker it in a barn to air dry.

QS’ing my way doesn’t turn out so wasteful, and I’ve taught two sawyers how to do this. Once you see QS cherry, you won’t want flat sawn face frames any more.

Can you see the sides of a Greene and Greene style grandfather clock hiding in this board? I’m standing on two more just like it, sawn from the middle of the log. Yes, the pith is problematic, but with a board this wide, I’ll rip out the pith and have two perfectly QSawn boards for the sides. I have more logs which I will sell. They are from higher up the trunk and are not so big. The largest remaining is 17 inches in diameter and 8 feet long. I also have three crotches, one of which is 18 inches at the bottom.

-- --Dale Page

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 03:27 PM

Nice! Good luck with your projects.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 03:34 PM

Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 03:37 PM

Thats going to be one fine looking clock, and, and… Thanks for sharing…

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 03:51 PM

Beautiful slabs. Thats one huge cherry tree. What was the diameter of the trunk?

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 06:08 PM

Any more mention of your crotches and we’ll have to have an Anthony Weiner talk… < BIG GRIN >

Nice slabs. Wish I had some cherry but I’ll have to make do with cypress, sycamore, pine and cedar.

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#6 posted 07-27-2013 02:31 AM

Wow!! That is what it is all about! I am definitely jealous. I need some logs like those, for sure. Cherry is one of my two favorite woods to work with, the other is walnut. Both are fun to saw.

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 12:53 PM

MaroonGoon, the lower log on the tree flared out to 28 inches where it was cut from the stump. It was about 24 inches at the top end of the eight-foot log. The next log narrowed to 22 inches, and so on. After ripping away the pith from the board shown, I should get at least 10-inch boards of perfectly quarter sawn cherry.

Herb C, I also quarter sawed sycamore when I did this cherry. It looks a little like lacewood and there’s a very attractive line between the sapwood and heartwood. I had one sycamore log that was spalted and it’s really wild.

-- --Dale Page

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 01:42 PM

Excellent my man. Now comes the waiting ‘til dry.


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#9 posted 08-01-2013 03:00 PM

Herb C, here’s a photo of that QS sycamore. Apologies for the out-of-focus quality. This is a bookmatched pair I cut as veneer for a box lid.

I have heard sycamore referred to as “American lacewood.”

-- --Dale Page

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 03:07 PM

That’s a fine piece of lumber and you are very fortunate to have it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 04:05 PM

Well done on the cherry board. My oldest daughter want a shaker type table made from Cherry or figured Cherry.


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