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Cutting construction lumber
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:08:05 PM »
Iím going to cut my first construction lumber tomorrow.  I have some big yellow pine logs that Iím going to cut with the plan to build my solar kiln with the wood.  Iíve reviewed Magicmanís sequence of cutting pictures that I saved and am going to follow.  Wish me luck.  This coincides with me having a tractor big enough to move the logs more easily.  Pictures tomorrow.....
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 07:14:41 PM »
Good luck!  That's part of what I'm doing this week.

That Magicman is an awesome resource among the many great folks here!
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 12:54:12 PM »
A big tractor makes all the difference.  Good luck on your sawing!

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2018, 04:41:18 PM »
I did it just like Magicman laid out in a series of pictures he posted.  It went perfectly.   I got 5 wide 4/4 boards and 50 2x4ís out of the 28Ē yellow pine log.  These are destined to become my solar kiln.









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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2018, 09:52:03 PM »
What are you doing drying that SYP?  Don't you know you should be building with it while it's green, it'll just get harder if you let it dry?

Just kidding.  Nice looking stack of 2x4s...

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2018, 08:07:55 AM »
The tree has been down for a long time and it was time to get it cut.  I stacked it close to where Iím going to build my kiln.  Hopefully Iíll get that built this summer.
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2018, 08:25:37 AM »
Iíve reviewed Magicmanís sequence of cutting pictures that I saved and am going to follow.


Can someone point me to MagicMan's sequence pix, please. Would like to check it out.
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2018, 08:35:57 AM »
Glad it did not have any stress and bend on you. 

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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2018, 12:37:26 PM »
This is the sequence that Iím referring to by MM.  Go down a bit in the thread and youíll find the series of pictures depicting how to cut 2x4ís.
http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=82152.msg1252824#msg1252824

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2018, 12:38:25 PM »
Glad it did not have any stress and bend on you.
No real stress.  Just had some wavy cuts when I got to some big knots.  No big deal. Iím not building a piano.
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2018, 08:23:54 PM »
That looks like some nice lumber!   ;D

We too are planning and prepping for a solar kiln... we are using the ideas from Jim Birkemeier - Timbergreen Farm... what plans are you using??

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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2018, 09:21:33 AM »
Thanks.  I was kind of combining lots of ideas.  Mine will have no electricity, so I will use a solar powered fan.  I will make it on 6x6 skids.  I will have a 45į roof.  I will paint insides black after lots of insulation.  I have seen numerous parts of old walk-in freezers posted on FB.  Toying with using those.  I will have a large opening on back.  I will make removable panels that can be taken off and swinging doors to make the rest of the opening.  I want to be able to use forks to set a whole stack in there at one time.  When I get closer, I will look at some more plans like you mentioned.  It will be 6x12 to fit the longest lumber I can cut.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2018, 10:20:31 AM »
Looks great! Good job and I am sure you learned somethings.  I like you log loader.

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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2018, 11:13:13 AM »
   I cut a big red oak just like that yesterday. Cut 2- 2" flitches then a 5/4 board to make the math work right then cut 3-6" cants and turned them on edge and cut 2X6s out of them. I centered the pith in the middle cant with the heart check parallel to the deck so it did not show up in the boards. Worked great.

   As mentioned throughout these threads you need to know where you are wanting to go before you ever start your first cut.
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2018, 11:29:10 AM »
It probably should be noted again....again that the framing lumber that I saw is all from SYP.  I have no idea how that would work out with other species.  I imagine that if you sawed a Yellow Poplar like that you might end up with a Yellow Banana.   ::)   Also not opening the faces so that the saw through is from either the hump or horn face could make a whack of "C's".   :o 

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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2018, 01:37:07 PM »
That was a yellow pine species that I canít type into my iPad, because every time I do it puts a smiley face in the middle of the word.  What kind of tree is it?
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2018, 01:47:12 PM »
Loblolly. It probably would actually post the word because there is no space before/after the
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lolIt's not your iPad.  You are typing the code for laughing.  :D
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »
I wasnít using any spaces.  I just tested and youíre right.  Before I hit the button, it shows the smiley in the word, but when I post it shows it correctly.
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Re: Cutting construction lumber
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2018, 08:03:18 PM »
It probably should be noted again....again that the framing lumber that I saw is all from SYP.  I have no idea how that would work out with other species.  I imagine that if you sawed a Yellow Poplar like that you might end up with a Yellow Banana.   ::)   Also not opening the faces so that the saw through is from either the hump or horn face could make a whack of "C's".   :o

Pretty sure I saw a post of you discussing cutting logs with a hump and horn. If I recall you always start your cut with the horns on their side facing out, correct? Do you mind clarifying a little more what you mean above by not cutting through the hump or horn. Trying to images what you mean. Seems like that would be inevitable that you'd have to cut through them after a turn or two.

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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2018, 09:06:32 PM »
Looks great! Good job and I am sure you learned somethings.  I like you log loader.
Thanks.  I had an idea and then someone else here had already made one, so I built what I had in mind along with some of his ideas.
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