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Offline PA_Walnut

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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2018, 07:16:10 AM »
PA. . . with that rotted slab . . . and all the current resins and epoxies that people are using. . . . That one should make a fine piece of work.  But where do you get those stickers?  Make them?  Thanks.  JR


I agree...that is why I keep them. I have actually made some table tops, filling large voids with epoxy. I have recently begun using metallic powders in them for a cool add. One of those slabs have a really cool pattern of ant trails/holes in them. I plan to fill it with epoxy and set some ants into the epoxy for added interest. :D

I use stickers from air-o-flow sticks and blocks from DHM. I think I've finally reached enough of them to keep in rotation, as they are not cheap, but really do a great job of preventing stain/shadowing.

Peter, I also keep walnut slabs that have defects as I build Maloof rockers and can use smaller pieces for all sorts of parts. Slab shorts are ideal as I am able to make single-board seat blanks from them. 
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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2018, 07:33:21 AM »
The reality is that you're always going to have to take some bad with the good, thats just the luck of the draw. I've paid a lot of money for some real "good" logs that didnt pay their way, paid not much for "trash" that was quite profitable, and I run a mill on stuff that would scare most y'all away and manage to make a living doing it. It's all about the average, and being able to turn a log into the best he can be, and to some degree its about being able to pump volume...if you can punch enough logs through at a low enough unit cost you can be profitable cutting anything. 

One thing i do know is that you wont really learn to drive a saw cutting big fat straight clean logs.... like a lot of things its not until you start having to make silk purses from sows ears that you really learn how to maximise grade and recovery.



 

Every log in that pile is compulsory under the state rules. And If you know what you're doing they can be profitable too. A I said - silk purses from sows ears, and they'll throw the antbed inside them in for free.

OP's real issue isnt the logs IMHO, its the freight bill attached to them. And all I can suggest is to talk to the supplier and pay a bit more for a promise of a bit more care and attention in what goes on a truck. And if they wont load, or cant get the average up a bit... find a new supplier. Most people are reasonable, and they'll get the why of you not wanting to freight suspect logs a long way.

Just remember they dont have x-ray vision any more then you do.
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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2018, 07:50:41 AM »
Thanks for the info PA.  I will check them out.  I happen to be going to TN this weekend and might see if I can do a drive by in Troy. 
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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2018, 07:52:42 AM »
Compulsory meaning you must buy certain logs?

(Id love to have logs that straight and long for roundwood framing actually)
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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2018, 07:58:52 AM »
Thanks for the info PA.  I will check them out.  I happen to be going to TN this weekend and might see if I can do a drive by in Troy. 


Cool...never seen his ops, but I'm guessing he has some kinda table/jig that cuts the sticks, then rips them to size. I've considered doing it with my CNC, but just not worth the agony. Kelvin is great to work with too...and actually delivers! (unlike some of the other speciality sticks companies that've been discussed here). ::)
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« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2018, 08:13:03 AM »
Compulsory meaning you must buy certain logs?

(Id love to have logs that straight and long for roundwood framing actually)
Compulsory meaning that they meet the minimum grade requirement set by the state for a sawlog off state land, so you have to pay for them whether you take them home or not. (sometimes I'll pay the stumpage and leave them there because i dont think they'll pay their freight and its better a small hiding in the bush then a big one in the mill yard)
Yeah, theres some nice sticks in them...  touch short to make (utility) poles for the most part but nice and straight and the only real defect is the pipe and... you just learn to saw around it, or box it out. Better the they look in the first pic too - lack of scale makes it hard to evaluate the amount of meat around some of those pipes because of the length.


 
NMP that one, but from the same place. I'm off to play loggers up there tomorrow.
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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2018, 12:30:44 PM »
Got trees,  longtime lurker. nice. smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup

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Re: How to tell whats inside
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2018, 12:54:10 PM »
Serious logs, indeed.
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« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2018, 12:38:16 PM »
Got tires and brake chambers?  God id hate to maintain that rig.  Thankfully the states does not allow turnpike doubles to haul logs.  The roads have been treacherous enough already since the nokia 5190 came out. 
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