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CH53ECC

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180 days ago

I am helping a friend mill down some cottonwood and not sure where to start. It was cut down with a chainsaw to roughly 7” square boards 6’ long. The sides are not perfectly parallel to each other and rather rough from the chainsaw cuts. Can I run this through the planer and slowly work my way down then to the jointer? I have never worked with this rough of a cut only the store bought rough cut lumber that doesn’t need nearly as much work.


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Don W

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#1 posted 180 days ago

Do you plan to resaw it into 1x or are you making post/beams?

If you are re-sawing, what are you resawing with?

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#2 posted 180 days ago

I would like to get it down 1×6 -1×5. I have a jointer, planer, table saw, and circular saw to work with.

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#3 posted 180 days ago

I think you have a dilemma. The only tool you have that can work a 7” piece is the planer (unless you’ve got an 8” jointer)

You could make a sled and run it through 2 sides to get it down to 5”. but that’s a lot of waste. (then resaw with the tablesaw or skil saw) definitely not ideal.

Where are you located. Do you know anybody with a bandsaw or bandsaw mill. That would be the easiest.

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#4 posted 180 days ago

I use a jigsaw to cross cut rough lumber about 4” long and a bandsaw to rip it at least an 1/8” over-sized. From there it goes to the jointer to flatten one face then the planer to mill it to final thickness. The last thing to do is joint one edge on the jointer and rip to final width.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 180 days ago

The only reasonable tool that would handle making boards from this large of a cant is a bandsaw.

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#6 posted 180 days ago

Here’s one way to joint wide boards

http://lumberjocks.com/tenontim/blog/26637

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OSU55

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#7 posted 180 days ago

To get 1” thick material from 7” – bandsaw or a mill with a large diameter blade. Find someone with a bandsaw or portable bandsaw mill like a Woodmizer. Here in Missouri some folks advertise in the “materials” section of Craigslist that they will saw lumber, so you might check your area.

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#8 posted 180 days ago

If your ambitious you could snap a line on each side, cut it with the skil saw, then finish it with a hand saw.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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CH53ECC

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#9 posted 180 days ago

Looks like I’ll be looking for a band saw. The tree was cut down 7 months ago and has been outside here in nevada so it has been pretty dry. Anything I need to know about moisture and if it is dry enough to start on?

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#10 posted 180 days ago

I’m very ambitious. Skil saw might be an option…

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Don W

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#11 posted 180 days ago

I doubt a 7” piece will be dry even in Nevada. I don’t want to start another “how long does it take to dry lumber” war, but an average is about an inch per year.

For about $30 you can pick up a moisture meter and be sure.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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