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Travel Guide / Re: Enjoying some Time Off

« Last post by samandothers on Today at 10:04:49 AM »

It is interesting to read the names used and the discussions about same are similar species across the country, but agree it can be confusing to a layman such as myself.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???

« Last post by alan gage on Today at 10:02:36 AM »
I have a couple HF carport that have held up well the last couple years so I looked there first but couldn't find anything big enough for what I needed.
I just had an oversized carport put up by tri-state carports for air drying lumber. 24x40 with 12' side walls. Upgraded to 12gauge steel, longer braces, and 4 extra supports (recommended by company for 10' and over). It was right around $5600 installed, which I was happy with and it only took them two weeks from the day I ordered.
Now I'm in the middle of adding a 12' lean-to on one side of it to park the mill under.
Timber Framing/Log construction / Re: Log Cabin Foundation

« Last post by jander3 on Today at 09:44:09 AM »
No building code Where I am located.  however 48" deep with a belled out bottom would have satisfied code in my area.


Timber Framing/Log construction / How off-square is off-square?

« Last post by TimFromNB on Today at 09:30:50 AM »

I will be starting my layout soon and was wondering what kind of tolerance (if any) I can have on the squareness of my 2 reference faces.

Most of my timbers have at least two square faces, but a few of them may be slightly off-square. I think the worst case would be 1/8" off square over 8", but the rest of the off-square ones might be off by only 1/16" over 8".

What is considered "reasonably square"?


What do you think about those Turbo blades?
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Full time sawyer

« Last post by Crossroads on Today at 08:54:52 AM »
Thatís great Bruno, I wish you all the best and so much business that you have to upgrade to hydraulics 😁
General Board / Re: What were you before you became a sawyer?

« Last post by Sixacresand on Today at 08:51:45 AM »
Kaolin mining/processing for forty years in my home town.  After college, I could make better wages by stacking bags in box cars than jobs requiring a degree.  As in most businesses, if you stick with it, work hard, show up on time, stay out of trouble, be respectful, work shifts, you can advance from hard labor to management. 
General Board / Re: College World Series

« Last post by E fan on Today at 08:43:23 AM »
As an Arkansan and a hog fan to boot watching this CWS games it seems Arkansas has little to no respect from anyone
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Full time sawyer

« Last post by Ed_K on Today at 08:38:23 AM »
 Getting a good name and following is the best 8). Don't know if Irving has a yard up your way, my truck driver said their paying good $$ for clears.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: One step ahead

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 08:37:36 AM »
yeah but the excavator actually makes you money!
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Watcha Growing

« Last post by Just Right on Today at 08:24:18 AM »
I admit I didn't read this entire thread,  so if you already covered this forgive me.  I grow about 55 acres of bermuda hay for the horse people around me.  Through the years of trial and error I have found a couple of good points to consider when trying to grow things.  PH is the best place to start first.  Money spent on lime will go a lot more further than all the money in the world on fertilizer and other soil additives.  The county extension agent had a power point that explained it in a way that made perfect sense to me.  The value of 5 for my hay is too low.  So no matter how much you try to fertilize,  the PH will not allow the plant to take up the nutrients.  On the other end of the scale. . . .7 is far to high.  So you guessed it.  6 is perfect.  It allows the plant to accept the nutrients from the soil.  The other thing that helps is Aeration.  When looking across the fields,  I would see spots where the grass was taller, greener and thicker in spots.  When I went to look as to why that happened,  I found ant hills.  So that supported the aeration idea.  Now aerating my fields has made a big difference.  Garden spots . . . .sub soil it as deep as you can to really open up the soil to let that oxygen in.  Compaction is a silent killer.  Gravity, rain and foot or vehicle traffic really takes a toll on the dirt.  My first year I cut 107 square bales to the acre.  Every year after that it start producing less and less,  even though I was doing the same thing.  Started aerating and production has started to improve again.  Just my .02s worth.  Hope it helps someone.
Drying and Processing / Re: Wasps in your air dry lumber stacks

« Last post by PA_Walnut on Today at 08:23:48 AM »
Here he is all rumpled up showing a "don't mess with me attitude".  Ungrateful cuss.

What kinda snake is it? I supposed I have them too since I've located mice in my stacks. Not hoping to meet one any time soon! :( 
Travel Guide / Re: Enjoying some Time Off

« Last post by WDH on Today at 08:23:41 AM »
Some people call it a water oak.
As I am sure that you know, northern red oak and water oak are very different species.  Many local common names are very misleading and quite wrong.  Down in the Gulf South, water oak, willow oak, and laurel oaks are called "pin oak".  They look nothing like the real pin oak, Quercus palustris.
DanG Nathan, that is some pretty stuff!
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Outdoor mantle

« Last post by WDH on Today at 08:18:19 AM »
Elm has spiral grain and likes to warp and twist.  Hopefully one end does not raise up over the support post :)
Drying and Processing / Re: Wasps in your air dry lumber stacks

« Last post by WDH on Today at 08:14:44 AM »
I have to watch out for snakes too.  My sawmill snake likes the coolness of the evaporating moisture from the wood in the drying stacks. 

Here he is all rumpled up showing a "don't mess with me attitude".  Ungrateful cuss.

Drying and Processing / Re: Sterilizing 8x8 white oak beams

« Last post by Raym on Today at 08:09:00 AM »
I figured honey comb would be a side effect but not sure that really matters based on the end use. Some of these will be used on the interior so that's why I was a little concerned. His logs have been felled for about 18 months.
Forestry and Logging / Re: Cost for grouser bar versus new shoes

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 08:02:54 AM »
Go for the chainsaw head impact wrench. I think there are a few to chose from.

I didn't even know such a thing existed!
Forestry and Logging / Re: Cost for grouser bar versus new shoes

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 08:02:22 AM »
that seems to be tedious!

I have a good mid size compressor but always lacked the big impact gun. One day i was in a quarry of a friend and saw that he had 3 identical 1" impact guns laying there. I ask him why he needs 3 guns? he told me that he bought them as a package deal at an auction in the states so i ask him if he sells me one and how much? give me 200$ and it's yours. they're not from any name brand but for the 5 times i use that thing in the year it sure works perfect.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Full time sawyer

« Last post by gummer23 on Today at 07:55:18 AM »
I wish you all the best Bruno. I love my little Thomas but full time sawing with it would cripple me. The older I get the more I fond I become of hydraulics.

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