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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 12-29-2014 09:51 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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12-29-2014 09:51 PM

Just picked these up this morning! I ended up with 6 2” thick slabs and 16 1” thick slabs. Just wanted to post since it’s the first thing I’ve very gotten sawn up from my property. I have some ideas-coffee tables, end tables, gun cabinet, etc., but feel free to share any other ideas on how I could best utilize this stuff.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 10:00 PM

Pretty grain, and I’ll bet they smell awesome. Did you drag the tree to a sawmill, or hire a portable one? I think making two of them into a table with a gap/seam in the middle would look great.

-- Allen, Colorado

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 10:07 PM

I loaded the logs onto a trailer with my brother’s help-needed a tractor. Then took them to the miller. He only charged me $40 for the whole lot which I think is a pretty darn good deal considering the value of those slabs.

I plan on ripping the live edge from one side of a couple and putting them together, maybe 3 of them, to build a coffee table. Is that what you’re referring to?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 01:21 AM

You need to stack, sticker, and allow those to dry before building anything with them. That is some nice looking cedar.

The “1 year per inch of thickness” dry time is not at all accurate in my area. Your cedar should dry much quicker than that.

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

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 04:41 AM

Yep I stacked and stickered them in the barn right after I got them home. I plan on waiting at least 6 months on the thicker ones, and maybe 3 months on the thin stuff depending on our weather. My buddy has used thin cedar in that amount of time during dry spells. Will just have to see how they respond. Where are you located?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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Mip

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 05:03 AM

How best to utilize this? Send them my way. Anyway, nice score, especially how much the guy charged for slabbing them up.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 05:08 AM

Haha, I’m kind of attached to them myself. I thought about selling a couple of them but I want to create things with them myself, and maybe sell something down the road.

One of my buddies told me those have a higher amount of heartwood in them than others he has sawn up or seen. Any connection to soil type, topography, etc. that could account for that? My degree is NOT on the plant side of biology haaha.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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daddywoofdawg

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 05:40 AM

little sapwood means the tree is growing slow.sapwood is the newer wood.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 05:53 AM

Yea that makes sense. Should have just thought about it for a minute. So I guess nothing to do with geology or whatever else?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 11:52 PM

Looks good. Slow growth can have many reasons. Crowding, drainage, soil type, temperature. I think 3 months may be too soon, but get a meter and check it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#10 posted 12-31-2014 12:48 AM

Here’s another pic of some of the 1 inch stuff. I really like the grain of this stuff. Yea I need to pick up a moisture meter for sure.

Also, I need to get a good resawing blade for my table saw to rip edges off where I want to join them. It’s an older craftsman 8 inch. I was looking at the Freud. Any others?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-31-2014 01:17 AM

MO88, I’m near Tulsa

3 months should be sufficient on the 4/4 stuff. Especially if it’s indoors with a fan circulating air 24/7 (not blowing on the wood).

24 tooth Freud Diablo from HD would be my choice ($27).

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

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#12 posted 12-31-2014 02:52 AM

They sell Frued at hd??

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 04:55 AM

I looked at my local one and didn’t see them.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#14 posted 12-31-2014 04:55 AM

I looked at my local one and didn’t see them.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#15 posted 12-31-2014 05:05 AM

The 8 inch blades seem to be tough to find as well. However, I am aware of one on amazon thanks to firefighterontheside. I think I can make the smaller older saw work instead of buying a new one right now.

Would it be best to resaw when green or does it matter?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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