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rb88

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361 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: sawing drying lumber wood mizer portable mill

Anyone with experience?? I currently have a red oak tree down in my yard and have access to a friend with a wood mizer that is able to cut the log into boards for a small fee. He tells me there are approximately 800-1000 bf in what I’ve got laying on the ground. I have the space to store it and “dry” it but I’m a little uncertain as to how well this process will work. Has anyone got stories to share on this topic? I’m mostly concerned on how well the drying process will work.

The work doesn’t bother me, but I don’t want to go to all the effort if its is something that is going to be more trouble than its worth.

Thanks.


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Cantputjamontoast

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#1 posted 361 days ago

do it, it’s free wood!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Cantputjamontoast

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#2 posted 361 days ago

1663 days ago I asked the same question , the wood is still drying and I don’t regret doing it.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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patron

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#3 posted 361 days ago

can’t t be too bad

after all
every board we use
came from a tree
in just the process you describe

keep the lumber sticker-ed
in the shade
so it can still ‘breath’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Don W

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#4 posted 361 days ago

LJ’s is full of guys doing it. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/43445

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SirTonka

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#5 posted 361 days ago

http://www.uccoatings.com/products/anchorseal

Recommend picking up some clear classic anchorseal, will save wood by preventing cracks and help stabilize the drying process. Once logs are cut each tube of grain rides the humidity waves with no regard to your woodworking plans.

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Nomad62

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#6 posted 361 days ago

Absolutely worth it, you just need to do a quick study on it. Oak is one of hardest woods to get dried “correctly”, so care need be taken. Search out “air drying wood” and you will find all the info you will want. You will read a lot of things, and will need to heed them for the best results. But… about 6 months from now you could easily enough have $2000 worth of premium wood at your disposal. Sell some to get your sawyers fee back (or trade him wood); sell some for your efforts; got a bunch not only free, but you were paid to do it. Yeah, absolutely worth it.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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rb88

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Guys, thanks for all the advice. I’m definitely interested in giving this a try. Now all I have to do is come up with a plan to move the logs around to flat ground where we can get the mill into my back yard….which may prove to be the hardest part. Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks.

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#8 posted 360 days ago

Stickered properly as a flitch, you got gold…...

DO IT…

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