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Live edge cherry slabs
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:09:18 PM »
I am currently working on grade sawing a decent amount of cherry for a wholesale buyer. He wants everything cut 4/4. All of the logs i will be cutting are my own that I harvested myself. I was planning on keeping about 1k bf of some nice wide boards for our future retail inventory.  While sawing today I had a 40in diameter log that I kept thinking about taking a few live edge slabs from.  Is there any market for live edge cherry slabs? Also is there a retail market for 8/4 boards? I've talked to a couple people locally and they haven't really heard of anyone doing live edge cherry. I know it's not high demand like the walnut slabs but does anyone think I should take a few nice slabs or maybe some nice mantle cuts?
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 10:17:05 PM »
Yes.  
There is a market.  We sell them.  
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 10:25:22 PM »
Thank you YH. What thickness do you move the most of?
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 08:51:11 PM »
Make you both you and the seller understand what 4/4means.  What is the final dimension they need to clean up to when planed?4/4 on my mill via woodmizer's crank would yeild a 7/8" board.  If it needs to finish at 3/4", they you probably want a 1" plus rough sawn board.
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 10:14:20 PM »
I mill cherry to 2 3/8" to yield a 2 inch dried and planed live edge slab.  Cuts must be away from the sapwood, and away from the pith.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 11:55:08 PM »
Brad, I am cutting 4/4 at 1 1/8 inches which from what other sawyers tell me is industry standard.  Everyone I've talked to tells me they cut 4/4 at the 1 1/8 but depending who you ask they cut 8/4 at 2 1/4 or 2 3/8 inches. They only want 4/4 on this order but told me in the future if they order 8/4 to cut it 2 1/4 inches. The grader who is also the purchaser for the company came out here Monday and measured a bunch of boards and said they were all spot on. He commented that he sees a lot of thick and thin boards from bandmills and said I must have mine dialed in well. I have my alignment set within 1/32 of an inch and my mill cuts extremely accurately.  I have been very happy with the quality of cut this lt 70 is putting out. 
Thanks YH , will do. My dad wants a few for a coffee table and some end tables and I'll cut about a dozen to keep around.
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2018, 06:35:56 AM »

Cherry is beautiful, but watch out for the bugs...they love to get under that cherry bark, must be sweet wood
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2018, 06:40:00 AM »
 The grader who is also the purchaser for the company came out here Monday and measured a bunch of boards and said they were all spot on. He commented that he sees a lot of thick and thin boards from bandmills and said I must have mine dialed in well.
Careful. Words like that will get you more business. ;D  Good job!!
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2018, 07:13:20 AM »
Yellowhammer how do you make a live edge slab without sapwood in cherry?
I just sold my first slab 2" thick, 12" average width 8' long for 96 bucks, then the buyer wanted it ripped in two and cut to 4' lengths.
go figure.
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2018, 07:15:26 AM »
Having considerable sapwood only on one face is a recipe for cupping.
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2018, 05:07:32 PM »
Having considerable sapwood only on one face is a recipe for cupping.


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The best cherry slabs come from about 1/3 into the log, i.e a couple 4/4 boards deep from the opening face, no sapwood on a face, balanced sapwood on the live edges, well away from the the pith, and generally shallow enough so there are no knots from the deeper heartwood.  I will cut them to 2 3/8" and when they are dry they won't have cup, very little bow and will plane cleanly to 2".

I may only get two or generally no more than four high quality cherry slabs per log.
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Re: Live edge cherry slabs
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2018, 10:40:23 PM »
It makes sense to only go with the best slabs in cherry since it has so many problems, i.e. sapwood cupping and awful pith cracking.  One of the very worst. 
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