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Offline Wes06

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Sawing a large walnut log
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:01:03 PM »
I'm looking for someone in central illinois to cut a walnut log for me.  Its 48"◊28" on the bottom and 63"◊28" on the top its 7ft long . Im wanting them cut in 2" thick slabs.  Also how much it would cost to have done?   
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 10:38:23 PM »
It's not clear the size to me.  Typically you'd give the diameter at the bottom and the diameter at the top.  If it's a crotch at the top, you'd indicate the spread at the crotch and the diameter of the two secondary trunks(or at least the largest one).  

Are you wanting this slabbed for table top/counter tops?  If so, and it's greater than 36 inch diameter, you'll either need someone with 1)a big industrial band mill, or 2)someone with a Petersen or Lucas slabbing mill, or 3)someone with an alaskan chainsaw mill with wide enough capacity.  

Which one depends on 1)who has what around you, and 2)whether or not you can bring the log to them or they have to come to you. I'm sure their charge will be less if you bring it to them, but you will have to bear the cost for the hauling each way.  So it may pay to go with option 2 or 3 and have them come to you.  Do you have a forklift to remove the slabs as they are cut?  You'll also need to move them to a place on your property where they can air dry.  Do you know how to sticker and cover them?  You'll need to have stickers on hand to space the slabs apart for air drying.  Slabbing Could likely start at $100/hr.  Could easily take 3 hrs, maybe 4, plus travel.  But right now big nice walnut slabs are worth it.  Selling just one of the slabs could pay for the milling.

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 09:34:08 AM »
Too big for my current equipment.  (48" max.)

If you are willing to trim 3-4 inches of width off the wide end, it would fit on more slabbers.  Keeping a full 63" width will need a Lucas dedicated slabber (or similar) or an Alaskan chainsaw mill.
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 06:44:46 PM »
Yes I have a forklift to move it around.   I also would like to keep as wide as possible for a table or countertop

 

 

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 07:19:26 PM »
Can you bring to to south Carolina?  ;D
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 07:45:51 PM »
Thanks 
  If any way possible I'd like to stay with 200 miles from Decatur il .   South Carolina is alittle far for me.

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 08:58:17 PM »
I'm in Bloomington, but I can only get 29" between guides, so would only be able to slab the 28" dimension.
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 09:32:52 PM »
I like how close u are but I wish u could do 63".   If it comes down to it ill go with the narrow part but for now I'm still trying for the 63" thanks thought

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 10:01:02 PM »
Wes06, there's a guy about 25 minutes west of me who has a Lucas slabbing mill.  I have not used him.  I'll PM you.   By the way, you can put your location (town and state) in your profile and it will show up in each of your posts.  That way people can better advise you when they know where abouts you are.  Do not cut your log narrower.  If you have the ability to load and haul it, what's a few hours driving?!
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 05:32:36 AM »
Thanks
  If any way possible I'd like to stay with 200 miles from Decatur il .   South Carolina is alittle far for me.
I'm down by Findlay and can do 32" with my chainsaw mill.  I think that log is probably too heavy for my Logosol M7 though.  63"?  Wow!  Gary
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2018, 08:57:07 AM »
Lots of guys have Lucas mills.  Keep looking and don't mess up that crotch.  The crotch looks great, very little sapwood; I am starting to have quite the stash of walnut crotch logs built up.
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 09:20:43 AM »
Nice log.  It's going to take someone with at least a 6' CSM or wide BS to get you the 63" you're wanting.  I have a 56" CSM but it only nets out around 52-53".  Good luck.  
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2018, 09:56:50 AM »
Check out this guy, I'm pretty sure his home built band mill would slice your log. 

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2018, 12:59:30 PM »
Check out this guy, I'm pretty sure his home built band mill would slice your log.

https://www.mattcremona.com/
Oh good idea.  Matt is very nice guy, he'll reply pretty quick too.  
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2018, 08:08:10 PM »
Remember that dining tables are 42 in wide max typically.    
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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2018, 08:34:15 PM »
Thanks everyone for the info.  I have some thinking to do on what I wanna do with it

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Re: Sawing a large walnut log
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2018, 09:53:35 PM »
Conference tables can be wider.
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