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Forum topic by bowedcurly posted 02-26-2014 07:47 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2014 07:47 AM

had a neighbor give me a giant hard rock maple yesterday, I was driving by and seen the tree had been cut and stopped and took a gander and it looked solid, went home and called the owner and they said they were gonna cut it up for firewood, so I told them I would really hate to see that tree cut up for firewood, a few minutes later they called and said it was mine. I guess you get lucky sometimes. the tree is 46in across at the log and about 35ft long I will cut it 4ft pcs and take tractor and loader and put it on the wagon, any suggestions on cutting it up they will be greatfully welcome

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 08:50 AM

Very large. My saw wouldn’t cut it. I will tell you that sawmills don’t generally like 4 ft and less. I prefer 6 ft or more. I am a notorious wood horder, so I would take the logs and find a way to cut them. I would probably go back to the chainsaw mill for those.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 01:33 PM

A friend gave some seasoned 8/4×10”x8’ hard rock maple. Ripped it down to 4/4 and started planeing it yesterday. I noticed it looked rippled turned the planer off couldn’t feel anything. Did this several times before i realized it was the rays in the wood. Well it is my first time with maple ! Your gonna love it

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 01:40 PM

That’s pretty big, I’ve heard of 50” portable bandmills, but probably not too many of them out there. Sounds like a chainsaw mill would be your best bet.

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 02:06 PM

I think I will get a rip chain for my chainsaw and have a go at cutting it onto 5ft secs and maybe work work it down to smaller pcs and take to a bandsaw mill or see how much it would cost for one to come to the house and wack it up, I will post some pics and see what you guys think

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 02:26 PM

Call the lumber mill companies, they will tell you who is closest with their mills.

Cut it in 8 to 9’ lengths cut some QS in 4/4, cut some flat sawn in 4/4, cut some as 2×4, 2×6, 2×2 etc. sticker and wait. You may want to cut some in 3/4 rough. It will be seriously nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 02:37 PM

My advice here is BEFORE you cut anything, contact several mills/sawyers and find one who will work with you. THEN take their advice and section the trunk accordingly. Trying to rip something that large with your chainsaw is just a waste of your time (I have owned and used a chain saw mill and it is a lot of work, even on small logs).

A good local mill will have a truck and crane that will be able to transport the logs to the saw and take that assistance. Moving logs is a dangerous business and you would not believe how heavy they actually are.

I would also find a mill that will solar kiln dry the material for you. That will greatly reduce degrade and give you much more stable lumber. If you decide to air dry it yourself, expect about 30% degrade and end checking at least 6” in from each end of the boards.

Ps. Be sure to store it indoors and in a dry location, and keep it dry. At outdoor MC, powder post beetles love hard maple and can ruin boards in short order.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 02:48 PM


ok here is some pics

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 02:56 PM

WoodMizer will give you contact information of sawyers in your area if you give them a call. Don’t cut into lengths until you talk to a sawyer. I hate cutting short logs on my mill!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 08:34 PM

If you were to slab opposite sides with the chainsaw mill, you could make your logs narrow enough for a bandmill to handle them. I did that with a beech I took down, doing the initial slabbing of 2 sides freehand. But I didn’t have a bandmill, so I used a chainsaw mill to make my 2” slabs from the narrowed log. Mine was a lot smaller in diameter than yours, however.

A chain saw mill is slow and a lot of work, even with a brand new ripping chain.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#10 posted 03-25-2014 01:07 AM

I went down and started sawing on the maple today and out of curiosity cut a slab off, took the handplane to it not a lot of curl but lots of birdseye lookin at me so I guess I done ok, will post some pics in a couple days

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#11 posted 03-25-2014 01:44 AM

here is the best way I have found to split a large log. You cut a kerf and use a bottle jack to separate it.

I would cut it to no less than 9’ length due to checking. I agree with everything Hydro said 100%

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