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firefighterontheside

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252 days ago

I’ve had pine and oak milled before, but never walnut. Last week a neighbor came to me and said that he had a walnut tree that has been lying at an angle ever since we had a tornado 8 years ago. He asked if I wanted it. I got 2 logs about 6’ long. Then there was a tree across the road from my house that went down in the same storm. It was dead, but still had a lot of good wood. So now I have 6 logs to have sawn. Are there any particular ways I should have this cut or just get it all flat sawn?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.


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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 252 days ago

Most walnut is flat sawn.

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

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Loren

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#2 posted 252 days ago

Agree. It shows more interesting color that way, imo.

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Loco

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#3 posted 251 days ago

The guys at the mill will tell you exactly the best way to get what from your logs. Tell them the desired thicknesses and stand back.

-- 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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Woodendeavor

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#4 posted 251 days ago

If you have a good sawyer tell them to saw for grade. He will find the best face and saw from there

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 251 days ago

Thanks guys. My sawyer is a farmer who has a portable mill set up fairly permanently in his barn. I’m not sure he knows how to cut for furniture. He is good at using the mill, but he’s not a woodworker. I help him with the milling. He charges me very little and we sit around and have a cold beverage when we’re done. It’s a pretty good relationship.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 251 days ago

Envy, envy, envy

Flatsawn is fine. Sticker it properly.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 251 days ago

Definitely plan to sticker it right. I’ll cut up a bunch of scrap such as you just burned up to make stickers. I’ll have these ready before I get it milled so that when I go to put it up in the barn it will be ready to start drying. I thought I would take the chain saw and cut all the ends of the logs off a little straighter to ease with painting the ends later. I guess there’s no wild walnut growing in South Dakota, but I do like that beetle kill pine you’re always showing Monte.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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jack1

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#8 posted 250 days ago

Let us know how it turns out.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 250 days ago

I will post some pictures of before and after. My wife has been having some gastrointestinal problems and has spent about a week in the hospital in the last 3. With my work and everything else, that translates into no time for woodworking.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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