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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2018, 05:12:39 PM »
Magic, if the butt log is cut 8' long and it 30 on the small end and 33 on the big end (cause you'll trim the swell), then the log weight should be about 2700 LBS.  Can't your machine handle skidding that?  Or can the loader arms on the mill handle it?  If there's a will there's a way.  Gun barrel them, split the quarter sawn boards out of the middle, and RRQS the remaining halves.

Just saw your response.  If it's going to be flooring, maybe at least conventional quarter saw it if you don't want to RRQS.
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2018, 05:21:24 PM »
If your chainsaw isn't big enough you could always pick up a farmer tech ms 660 "devil in a blue dress" cut in at 12'6" saw it down the middle and split it in two, then skid them out that way.
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2018, 08:03:37 PM »
MM,
 You gotta think outside of the box! Helicopter, big one! Fly them logs to the mill!  :D :D :D.
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2018, 09:39:05 PM »
Brad, I am not concerned with the sawmill handling anything that I can get to it and the tree is less than 50 yards from the road which will be my sawing site.  If I have difficulty skidding a log I can always wrap and roll it.  Even at 8' the butt log is gonna be over 4K lbs.

My initial comments regarding whether lumber or firewood was based upon the fact that I personally have no need for any lumber.  Once Marty suggested making flooring for his den, firewood was out and lumber was in.

I should be able to do some measuring and maybe even some skidding next week.  I saw another downed Red Oak beside the creek that I have not looked at yet.  That plus another that is dead standing.  :-\
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2018, 09:49:21 PM »
Magic -

I have salvaged a couple of red oaks that had been down so long the sap wood was gone and made them into flooring.  The first one I did was headed to become firewood and something said to try sawing it to see what it looked like. The only description I can give is that it reminds me of reclaimed lumber.  Yes, there is a yield loss, but the colors are richer and darker.  I suspect it has something to do with the aging process that we can't duplicate as only time will make it happen.  I need to call a client in the morning about another oak job he needs and will ask him for a photo of the floor I did for him.  You may want to look at some of those that have been down a while too for Martys project. 
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2018, 10:05:47 PM »
I am familiar with rotten Red Oak logs becoming flooring.


 



 
This one did.  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2018, 11:06:46 PM »
Looks like the same ones I have seen.  How did it turn out?
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2018, 07:24:52 AM »
Very nice as you described above.  The color was darker and  "richer" than the other logs.
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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2018, 08:07:11 AM »
That reminds me of my firewood logs. ;D  But I need firewood more than lumber. ;D 
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2018, 10:24:25 PM »
An update on what is happening with this "Beauty".


 
I put my brand new 24" bar/chain on the saw.  OK, I know that a Stihl 310 is not rated for a 24" bar, but I got it for special occasions and this is special.  ;D


 
First sawing the butt from the stump.


 
Yes the stump stood back up. Well partially anyway.  You can see it pulling loose at the bottom of the cut.  I measured and planned to jump butt 18" from the butt log just in case this happened.


 
That 24" bar came in handy because the butt was 36".


 
Two 12' and two 10' logs before we reached the crotch.  :)


 
The top end of the 4th log was 23".


 
I didn't have my snatch block(s) so we had to winch the two top logs first.


 
The top two logs are out.


 
The butt log is next which had to be double blocked.


 
Had to winch it around this stump.


 
'Bout ready to move the tractor forward for another pull.



Winching the second log out. That Tajfun tractor winch did a job.  Those are my Grandfather's old 36" tongs.  They have been well taken care of and have never been nor needed to be sharpened.


 
All four logs out and staged for sawing.  The next time that you see them will be on Whatcha Sawin ??

A short Video with the double blocks on the butt log:




 
The first two of three twitches of firewood.  The third twitch was two logs but it was too dark for a picture.  The near log was a standing dead Red Oak.

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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2018, 08:20:12 AM »
That red oak was growing like a weed. 
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« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2018, 08:32:47 AM »
If you don't saw it, I will come and get it :).
At least you will not have to make a trip. 
Yup, from the ground ~50' to the fork.  Not the first limb, not even 2"-4" limbs.  :)
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2018, 08:45:08 AM »
It would be interesting to find some acorns from that beauty and see if the offspring do as well. Maybe Mossy Oak would pay handily for them.
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« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2018, 09:05:49 AM »
There are easily 3-4 equally as good within sight of this one.  One even larger.
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« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2018, 10:02:20 AM »
nice log ,where did you buy your tajfun winch ,it looks well made ?

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« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2018, 01:43:18 PM »
That Tajfun is a real beast.  I bought it from a deceased sawyer's widow.
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« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2018, 05:33:32 PM »
Nice Job. I like that winch!
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« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2018, 07:56:18 PM »
What is a "twitch"  of firewood?
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Re: Found a Beauty
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2018, 08:26:45 PM »
It is a "whack".
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« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2018, 08:29:33 PM »
Well - not really, kinda depends on the size of your horse. A twitch won't make a whack if you don't have adequate ponies.  
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