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Author Topic: Been reading and looking for info on cutting logs into lumber .  (Read 4696 times)

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Re: Been reading and looking for info on cutting logs into lumber .
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2013, 11:32:52 AM »
RBQ - I mill a lot of spruce [engleman spruce] that grows naturally on my ranch. About 75% of the time the logs and lumber work out fine - the more open grown one [usually lots of limbs and often twist from blowing in the wind] and ones that grow on the edge of a clump or edge of an opening [this is usually a result of uneven growth rings on the branchy side of the tree], cause me trouble.
I usually only cut a 8 - 10 foot butt log to reduce twist issues. From second and third cut logs I can get nice 12 -16 footers and the top log I usually cut into a small cant [4x4 for posts or dun age]
I find it best to mill when freshly logged. Partially dry is tough to mill, sawdust sort of sticky and stringy, and if log is quite dry, knots are hard and can cause blade to dip.
Lumber from the dry logs is usually more stable and less likely to warp.
The other trick for the green saw lumber is lots of stickers [every 2 feet] and an even foundation to stack on [ make sure the bottom foundation stickers are a 2 feet too].
Big issue is to have good sharp blades, I have a debarker and I only get 5 - 600 BF of cutting when logs are dry [10 - 20 inch dia logs], but 1000 BF + with green logs.
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Re: Been reading and looking for info on cutting logs into lumber .
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 07:27:14 AM »
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