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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10180 on: July 11, 2018, 11:21:54 PM »
24” limit? Have the industrial mills downsized again? Around here 28” is the magic number with a few exceptions. It breaks my heart to see some of the big logs going to pulp. There is a steam mill close by that still mills the big stuff though, they make beams up to 85’ long. 
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« Reply #10181 on: July 12, 2018, 01:49:58 AM »




Stacking up the mystery cypress today. It's odd looking stuff with hundreds of "mini knots" all though it. That's OK, I will call it "character" and charge extra for it.  ;D
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« Reply #10182 on: July 12, 2018, 07:05:55 AM »
Stacking up the mystery cypress today. It's odd looking stuff with hundreds of "mini knots" all though it. That's OK, I will call it "character" and charge extra for it. 
 

That's some pretty cool looking material!!
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10183 on: July 12, 2018, 07:51:40 AM »
I once bought some White Pine that was covered with tiny pitch pockets.  I made some very interesting craft pieces.
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24” limit? Have the industrial mills downsized again? Around here 28” is the magic number with a few exceptions.
The log size is determined by the debarker.  The sawmills first reduced the acceptable log diameter to 26" and then to 24" so that no logs would get hung up and stop the log flow.  :-\
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10184 on: July 12, 2018, 08:10:32 AM »
These big pine mills with the 24" limit are high speed mills that process about 12 logs per minute.  To them, it is all about production.  No grade or quality sawing.  Once sawn and dried, the high strength boards are sorted out using machines that measure for this.  What is left goes to the lumberyards and box stores. 
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« Reply #10185 on: July 12, 2018, 05:19:03 PM »
A customer called yesterday and said a truck is bringing a walnut log that would be delivered in about a half hour.   He wanted cut in 2” slabs.  He didn’t care about length and I should buck it to length for best yield. 

It is pretty but I don’t love it like some folks do.

 
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10186 on: July 12, 2018, 07:41:10 PM »
Sawyerted,  that walnut has abnormally thick sap wood from what I've milled. I'm new and only milled a couple thousand feet of walnut so far but I've haven't seen a log with that much sap. I've heard that it can vary from region to region. Pretty wood anyways. My favorite so far is cherry.  I also really like the look of sassafras. 
I milled some really nasty walnut logs today but they still turned out some decent boards. 

 

 

 
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« Reply #10187 on: July 12, 2018, 08:13:24 PM »
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I was cutting a 1x12 when I hit the nail and the blade started a steep assent so I raised the head and the blade came out of the can't in just under 9 inches.



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« Reply #10188 on: July 12, 2018, 08:53:51 PM »
Sawyerted,  that walnut has abnormally thick sap wood from what I've milled. 
That’s fairly typical for our area in trees less than 20 inches. 
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10189 on: July 13, 2018, 05:24:31 AM »
Where I live thick sap on walnut means a yard tree that has its roots in a sewer line.  Wide sap means extra fast growth.  Look at the growth rings.  I'd bet that tree is not that old for its dia.  Gary
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« Reply #10190 on: July 13, 2018, 05:41:35 AM »
Yes, wide sap wood means the tree was growing fast in the years before it was cut down. The sap wood is what has been formed over the last 10 or so years. (Depends on the species). If the tree only laid on 1" of wood in the last ~10 years, then it only has 1" of sapwood. If it laid down 5" of new wood, then that's the width of the band. An old mature forest tree might only be growing slowly, hence its narrow sap. A yard tree with its roots in the sewer might be big in 20 years, but mostly sap wood.
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« Reply #10191 on: July 13, 2018, 08:43:42 AM »
Yep, yard tree that grew near a much larger walnut. 
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« Reply #10192 on: July 13, 2018, 01:57:42 PM »
   Got out late morning and sawed up 2 - 8' Norway spruce logs I have had on the lot 6-8 months I guess. I sawed the butt log last week and got 2 nice 4" thick mantels out of it. I sawed these 2 into 4/4 boards. Changed blade after first cut for a new sharp blade as I was getting waves. Sharp 4 degree blade + moderate speed + plenty of lube = nice cut. 

   Not huge. Got about 123 bf out of them. A lady at a consignment shop where I have had some benches wants some 1X12's for crafts she makes and I figure she will get several of them.


 First spruce log. About 14" SE.


 2nd spruce log. About 11" SE.


 Finished lumber. About 123 bf plus 2-1X6's & 2-1X8's from last log. Ready for stacking and stickering.
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« Reply #10193 on: July 14, 2018, 11:20:26 AM »
I want to take a minute and wish you a Happy Birthday, Majicman.
I looked for you all over this site, but you must be making sawdust. I'll put this here because I know you are in this thread often......
They say the mind is the first to go; I'm glad it's something I don't use!

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« Reply #10194 on: July 14, 2018, 03:49:01 PM »
   Ditto on the Happy Birthday Lynn.
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« Reply #10195 on: July 14, 2018, 04:16:50 PM »
Happy birthday Lynn!
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« Reply #10196 on: July 14, 2018, 07:59:15 PM »
Happy Birthday Lynn!  I hope you are celebrating somewhere cool and relaxing!
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« Reply #10197 on: July 14, 2018, 08:07:58 PM »
Happy Birthday MM!
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« Reply #10198 on: July 14, 2018, 08:15:01 PM »
Happy Birthday fella---

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #10199 on: July 15, 2018, 08:33:04 AM »
Crazy figure on this slab. Wish it hadn't gotten stained on the ends.(before I had custody).  :D 




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