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Slabguy

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08-20-2013 09:36 PM

I plan to start milling some lumber from trees on my property. Should I try to mill a good mixture of 4/4, 6/4, 8/4 etc… or should I mainly stick with one thickness that is useful in most applications? Thanks.


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Don W

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 09:57 PM

I would cut a mix, but if you’re going to use it, cut what you’ll use.

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 10:01 PM

I cut what I plan on using then cut as thick as I can on everything else.

My theory is that I can always re-saw but I can’t uncut it.

Good Luck!

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

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Loco

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 10:02 PM

I like to dry mine 2 3/8 or 2 1/2, full width and size them later. These are width sized and dry but not planed-sanded yet.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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WDHLT15

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 01:42 AM

A mix for sure.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 02:14 AM

one thing to remember is the thicker you cut it the longer it takes to dry.

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 02:51 AM

When re sawing thick lumber, you must be sure it is dry consistently, all the way thru. If not, the re-sawn face may be wetter than the other, and it will dry like a pretzel. Now you have two worthless boards!
Been there, done that!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 05:03 AM

I would mill half at 4/4, and the rest split between 5/4 and 8/4.
5/4 makes great tabletops. 8/4 will make curved chair rails, as well as leg stock.
4/4 can make everything else.

good luck with it!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Loco

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 07:07 AM

Slow drying results in less checks,depending on the woods density and oil content, of course.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 01:05 PM

Thanks for the help guys. All good answers

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 01:50 PM

cutting at 5/4 will enable you to get good straight lumber if its cupped or bowed a little I learned this the hard way

-- woodshop by the cornfeild

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