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Title: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on December 31, 2020, 10:05:41 AM
 
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I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on December 31, 2020, 10:26:03 AM
2020 was shaky over the spring and summer, but picked up dramatically in September, so now I ended up almost exactly same revenue as 2019. 

For 2021,  I have 3 jobs scheduled and two who waiting for me to give them dates.

Then a dozen or so where we are going back and forth asking for information.  
3/4 of those are probably still learning that logs are heavy, lumber is heavy, and wood has to be dried.   :) :)

So things just keep rolling forward pretty much as usual.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on December 31, 2020, 12:41:35 PM
After 2 week of equipment troubles and a bad snow storm.
I'm finally back milling.
2020 was the most lumber i have ever sawn.
I hope to better that in 2021.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on December 31, 2020, 12:54:45 PM
In 2021 I plan to promote my sawmill business more.  This year I did not create a single ad to promote people bringing me their logs to saw.  I just didn't want a lot of strangers coming to my place, especially early in the pandemic.  I did have a few repeat customers and word of mouth folks bring their logs, but I didn't let them stay to help.  If my production rate goes up like I hope it does, I will raise my hourly rate.
Aside from that, I want to get a lot of already cut lumber into the kiln and sold.  I've got a lot of logs that need to be made into lumber before they become bug food.  I think my next major goal would be figuring out some way to store dried lumber.  Perhaps along the lines of Doc's container.  I expect 2021 will be a safer time to have customers coming to my place.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SawyerTed on December 31, 2020, 04:15:03 PM
2020 had a split personality for me. Sometimes I had plenty of jobs and logs to saw.  Sometimes things were very quiet.  I sawed more lumber this year as well.  The last few months since I adjusted my business plan have been more profitable.  

For 2021 I have seven portable jobs scheduled already.  I have a handful of standing orders with purchase orders in hand for first quarter 2021.  Thereís a market Iíve got my foot into the door, I hope will expand. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on December 31, 2020, 07:07:49 PM
2020 was a mixed bag. Told my largest customer to stick it where the sun dont shine early in the year, then COVID had me second guessing that before it turned into a year of high retail demand, then picked up the nightmare dream job at the finish.

2021 starts with my own spec work backlogged, my regular guys all ticking away steadily, 1 contract sawing job in hand but I'm 45 days behind schedule on it, and another thats almost surely going to go. I have no idea how I'm going to do this... I dont have the equipment I need, I dont have the necessary skilled manpower for the equipment, I'm cash poor because I've been getting hammered with breakdowns, I don't trust any of these guys beyond the letter of the contracts. And I kinda need all three - 2 big multi year contract cutting orders plus my established business - to balance it all out so any one leg can fall and I'll make out. But I guess if it was easy anyone could do it.

It's January 01 here so I want to wish each and every one of you a fantastic 2021, and thank you for all the insights you've shared through 2020.
John
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Stephen1 on December 31, 2020, 07:36:19 PM
2020 was a great year for me, I have 3 custom saw jobs sitting in the yard for next year, the 3 drying sheds are full of customers wood waiting for the kiln, I have 2 bundles of my own sawn,  walnut, spalted maple waiting to go in the kiln. I am keeping things running just like that, just enough for me. I am probably in a position to purchse another kiln, but I would need to hire someone and then I would have an extra head ache I don't really want at my age. I am also not a believer tht this economy  will keep on rolling. There is a lot of Government money rolling around, driving up prices and supplies. It has to end and the person with the cash wins.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 01, 2021, 01:06:57 AM
I'm gonna saw stuff.  Just a little more than I did in 2020.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 01, 2021, 08:38:32 AM
Looking at my sawing job list, it appears that I just might start off with a bang.  First up will be a 70 mile road trip ~200 SYP & Oak log job that I will start Monday.  This is a repeat customer.

There are 5 other quite large jobs that are 90-150 miles away and two of them are repeat customers.  That leaves 13 more small 1-2 day jobs.

I have 25 new blades, ~15-20 resharps, and 10 at ReSharp  so I should be ahead of the curve on the ReSharp backlog.  I received two 1Ĺ X 7/39 (Turbos) to try but there will not be an opportunity to experiment any time soon.  Just sawing um and leaving um.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 01, 2021, 09:02:33 AM
   I'm almost embarrassed to post when I look at the kind of number the MM posted for last year but, in spite of all the setbacks, I sawed a little more in 2020 than my previous best year but well over double the last 2 years. 

   This time of year is always slow because of the cold and mud from rain and melting snow so I scheduled cataract surgery 11 January and I am sure I will be limited in what I can do for a few weeks. 

   I have a couple of mobile jobs in the works where I did a site visit and am just waiting on the customer to get his trees cut down and logs assembled on site. Some of those will pan out, some will not if history repeats itself. 

   I have plans to build another bay on to my last storage shed I built for an additional 10X12 covered storage area which is always in short supply. No other real big plans for expansion at this time.

   Happy New Year to all and stay safe out there.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 01, 2021, 02:55:54 PM
Looking at my sawing job list, it appears that I just might start off with a bang.  First up will be a 70 mile road trip ~200 SYP & Oak log job that I will start Monday.  This is a repeat customer.

There are 5 other quite large jobs that are 90-150 miles away and two of them are repeat customers.  That leaves 13 more small 1-2 day jobs.

I have 25 new blades, ~15-20 resharps, and 10 at ReSharp  so I should be ahead of the curve on the ReSharp backlog.  I received two 1Ĺ X 7/39 (Turbos) to try but there will not be an opportunity to experiment any time soon.  Just sawing um and leaving um.  ;D
Lynn,
     Let us know how the blades do, please.  Happy New Year.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 123maxbars on January 01, 2021, 03:25:58 PM
This was actually my last logs of 2020 and I finished them up today, a small rainbow poplar and a good size cherry,

This Log Will Blow You Away, Massive Cherry On The Wood-Mizer - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEf4N0PrXko&t=271s)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 01, 2021, 04:01:24 PM
I will Brandi but for now I will be using my old standby 1ľ" X T7į's.

I have been idling for a few weeks so this morning I was surprised at how much "getting ready" I had to do.  Fill the Diesel cans, mix chainsaw gas and fill my traveling gas cans, fill my chainsaw bar oil can, fold blades and fill my "magic blade can" & backseat box with blades, replenish the wire brush box, fill my blade lube jugs with antifreeze mix, and fill my ATF jugs.  Guess that I had better get my lunch box out too.  ::)

I was running and gunning in November and the first of December so tomorrow morning I will change the sawmill engine oil and replace the oil and fuel filters.  I normally do oil changes, etc. at 250 hours, but this time it has been 300.  Not a problem but it will be done before I saw again.  Scheduled ~200 log 70 mile road trip starting Monday.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 01, 2021, 04:07:22 PM

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I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
I
You are the busiest sawyer I know and a inspiration to an old (60) guy like me. Enjoy a Happy Healthy New Year.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 01, 2021, 04:10:36 PM
This was actually my last logs of 2020 and I finished them up today, a small rainbow poplar and a good size cherry,

This Log Will Blow You Away, Massive Cherry On The Wood-Mizer - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEf4N0PrXko&t=271s)
Happy and Healthy New Year to you, your wife, Bruno and the cats and Dogs.
Rich
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 01, 2021, 04:13:14 PM
  I'm almost embarrassed to post when I look at the kind of number the MM posted for last year but, in spite of all the setbacks, I sawed a little more in 2020 than my previous best year but well over double the last 2 years.

   This time of year is always slow because of the cold and mud from rain and melting snow so I scheduled cataract surgery 11 January and I am sure I will be limited in what I can do for a few weeks.

   I have a couple of mobile jobs in the works where I did a site visit and am just waiting on the customer to get his trees cut down and logs assembled on site. Some of those will pan out, some will not if history repeats itself.

   I have plans to build another bay on to my last storage shed I built for an additional 10X12 covered storage area which is always in short supply. No other real big plans for expansion at this time.

   Happy New Year to all and stay safe out there.
Happy Healthy New Year, Howard. Good luck with the eye surgery.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 01, 2021, 04:18:40 PM
 
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I plan on making some Lap siding in 2021 for a 10X12 shed that I am going to use for a planer and a cut to length station. I was going to buy a new one but got lucky and this one was on a post on the Wood-Mizer F.B. page yesterday. I drove a 120 miles to Illion, N.Y. to pick it up this morning. Met another nice guy with a sawmill. Happy New Year to all of you.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 01, 2021, 04:22:06 PM
 
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Another F.B. Marketplace find. No more lifting heavy slabs. A 80 mile road trip to P.A. Put a few miles on the Cummins this week...
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 01, 2021, 04:47:23 PM
Lucky boy. Nice treasure 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 01, 2021, 04:50:36 PM

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I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
I
You are the busiest sawyer I know and a inspiration to an old (60) guy like me. Enjoy a Happy Healthy New Year.
Yes indeed. Your a Stud in my book Magicman. Thanks for all your input and wisdom 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on January 02, 2021, 05:36:31 PM
I haven't started my sawmill in 2021 yet, but I did set and sharpen enough blades to do me for a while when I get back to sawing next week. 8)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 02, 2021, 09:11:14 PM
2020 was a good growing year for D&S Sawmill Services and Iím proud of my accomplishments this year. What I do is small potatoes to what so many of you guys do but thatís ok with me. I still work a full time job as a construction superintendent for one of the larger building contractors in Nebraska, so my sawing business is part time mainly just weekends for now. I completed 26 custom sawing jobs durning the 2020 season and increased the companies gross sales 2 1/2 times over my first official year in business (2019). Iíve begun to acquire some satisfied repeat clients, and met some great people with at least one similar interest along the way. I can honestly say that I sincerely enjoy my days that are spent traveling to new locations and custom sawing. Iím looking forward to 2021 and am currently spending a little time here in January sawing some materials for future sales. 2021 has also brought with it a rate increase because simply put, Iíve been told Iím not charging enough for the yield I regularly produce. 2021 is also the year Iím going to make it a priority to get my first solar kiln built and into production. This could be a game changer in my material sales market but will also require more time on my part to keep it operating. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 02, 2021, 09:15:40 PM
John and I brought home a large butt log form a lightning killed, laurel oak that I dropped earlier in the week for an 82 year old neighbor.  We also brought a few pecan logs home from my uncle's place today.  We sawed one and went through three blades in attempts to get it to cut flat.  We determined that one of us needs to be spraying diesel on the bottom of the blade or configure a blade lube system that cleans both sides of the blade.  Sawing with a south wind like we had today is dang near torture.

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One of the pecan slabs with included bark. 
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 laurel oak.  We may saw  the pecan butt log tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 02, 2021, 09:31:52 PM
Kyle,
 
 smiley_devil


Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 03, 2021, 05:43:56 AM
Yes, sir, but sometimes the potential reward is worth the trouble and aggravation.  We may try to saw the butt log today.  We cut the slabs yesterday at 2 1/2" thick (@WDH) in order to hopefully have enough to work with to flatten them after drying.  We were about maxed out on width while using the backstops- does sawing at this thickness seem like a sound plan? 

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on January 03, 2021, 07:55:26 AM
The last week of 2020 was my best yet. 3 days of sawing on 2 mobile jobs for a total of 3800 feet.All SYP.  Went back to the 2nd customer yesterday and sawed a little over 1200. Going back today to saw about 10 more logs that we didnít get to yesterday. At both places the customers had a Lull and 2 laborers for off bearing.
 Hopefully 2021 will bring my power feed and power head early in the year. Been waiting for it since October. I donít mind hard work, but as busy as Iíve been lately I could sure use it. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 03, 2021, 08:13:06 AM
Kyle, I saw the smiley_devil at 2 3/8" thick and can get almost every slab flat at 1.75" and some to 2" after kiln drying, so with pecan, you need 1/2" of green thickness over your target dried and planed thickness.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 03, 2021, 12:23:19 PM
Thanks for the guidance (we normally saw slabs at 2 3/8 but went ahead and cut these at 2 1/2").  This tree has proven to be particularly obstreperous.  We sawed and stacked the butt log this morning.  If we can get this to dry it should be pretty nice.


On another note.  While attempting to load the pecan log we sawed yesterday afternoon I was inspired to disassemble one of my homemade canthooks and cobble up a Magic Hook.  It worked well when hooked to the log clamp to keep the log from rolling off of the loading arms.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 03, 2021, 01:48:15 PM
 
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Absolutely!!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 03, 2021, 06:46:48 PM
   I feel like Tom Sawyer! I had a new customer come by yesterday who wanted 220 linear ft of 4/4 hemlock which I did not have. He looked through what I had and decided he'd use Red Oak instead and it looked like I had just about enough to fill his order. He called this afternoon that he was on his way and about an hour out so I hooked the 5X8 trailer to the 4 wheeler and pulled out all the 1X10 & 1X12 RO 4/4 boards I had in stock. Turned out I had 210 linear ft. I had one 2 y/o RO log left on the lot. I tried to pick it up and move it but it but was way too heavy for my little FEL. About the time I decided to go get a cable and pull it out of the corner where it was staged the customer and his brother pulled up. I told them the situation and offered to substitute ash or hickory for the remaining 10' of 1X10 or I'd go cut my last 12' RO and get it out of that. He preferred that as he really wanted longer boards and said he would buy all the 1X10s I could get out of the log. He asked if I could have it next week and I told him I'd saw it right now if he had a few minutes and they did so they went and watched go me out in the pasture, set the mill to the travel position, hook it to the ATV and drive to the front lot where the log was. I set up the mill which took 5-6 minutes then hooked a 1/4" cable to the log and backed John up to it, the customer hooked it to the ball on the blade and I dragged it 30'or so to the mill. The 2 brothers grabbed the cant hooks and finally got it rolled over and I nudged it the rest of the way on the arms with my fork. I put a fresh 4* DH blade on the mill and started it then lifted the log on the arms and moved it against the side supports, clamped and raised the small end and made several deep cuts to cut the flare off the big end and get to the solid heart wood. We were all wondering a bit if I was going to get enough heart wood to make 1X10's but I guess the solid heart must have been about 12-13 inches square. I squared up a 10" thick cant and started sawing finished boards and the brothers off loaded on the forks of John. I handed them a 12" drywall knife and they scraped the fresh sawdust off. When the cant got down to about 5" I stopped and stood 5 flitches up and edged them off to 10". They had some runout on them so I told them I'd call them 10' long as they would easily trim to that so they were happy. At the end we got 10-12' 1X10's and 5 10' 1X10's for 170 running ft. That was just about all John could handle but I got them over to his trailer and we slid them off and I went and got him 5 more 1X10's off the trailer to finish his order. About 183 bf. The customer was happy and they thanked me profusely for letting them watch and be part of the sawing process and said "Every time I look at that wall I will remember helping saw the log into boards." I think they were happier getting to load lumber than actually getting the boards he needed. Maybe I need to just offer sawmill classes and charge people to come help like Eustace Conway (Mountain Man TV series) does with his apprentices and such.

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 Fresh cut 12' 1X10s on left and 5-previously cut 10' 1X10's on the right. I did not have my camera when I started sawing the log but grabbed it for this "Happy Customer" picture. After the customer left I went out and edged the 3 remaining >10" flitches on the mill. Total run hours was .9 hours and I don't think I had but about a quart of gas in the tank and all my cans are empty by design and pending a Tuesday gas run to the next county where it is about $.25/gallon cheaper when I go see the tooth fairy.

The most surprising and rewarding part was the customer's thanking me for letting them help.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on January 03, 2021, 07:41:41 PM
I think that just was a little  manafestation of the sawdust addiction showing itself. You did them a service by making massive amounts of man glitter and letting them play in it a little.  I bet they come back and they will surely tell their friends, who knows you may have to set up some bleachers for your classses. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 03, 2021, 07:55:05 PM
   Well, I think part of the surprise to them was how fast and easy it was to completely pack up the mill and move it to a totally new location and set up and be sawing in such a short amount of time and with no more effort than they saw. They were also impressed that a mill that size could be moved with an ATV. We probably used less than an hour from the time they gave me the go-ahead till the time the log was sawed and we slid the lumber off the forks on to their trailer. And for the most part the log did return some really pretty boards. I pointed out the quarter sawed portions of the boards with the nice fleck.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 03, 2021, 08:06:05 PM
Sawing is all about selling yourself and showing/letting the customer know that you are the best sawyer available. 

Just tell um that if you had to call the best sawyer in the state....you would dial your own number.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 03, 2021, 08:52:16 PM
Going to take a good long time for those fresh sawn red oak boards to dry....
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 03, 2021, 09:13:40 PM
   We discussed that a little and I hope he lets them dry enough. I suggested he might put a fan on them but not too much heat at first. He is laying them parallel with "chinking" made by a different color board behind them so that gives him some room for shrinkage. I told him we cut some WO 1/2"X6" and my son nailed them up on his basement wall and they each shrunk what looked like 1/2" on each side. 

Danny,

   Does the fact this log has been down 2 years have much effect on how much more they will dry compared to a fresh cut Red Oak cut to the same size boards. The sap wood was total punk on this log and only the heart wood was left solid.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 04, 2021, 06:47:34 AM
The log might have dried some but the heartwood will still be quite wet. As you know, you can get 10% shrinkage on flatsawn oak and with 10Ē boards that could amount to 3/4 of an inch. If used inside, it would be best to factor in that shrinkage when installing so the gap formed from shrinkage will match the air dried boards which are also going to shrink some too, but a good bit less than the fresh sawn boards. 

He might be best served to employ a shrinkage calculator to gauge how to install the boards with some boards wetter and some boards drier.  Kinda like installing a deck with treated SYP.  If you want a gap between the boards, butt the wet treated boards up to each other and you will get your gap when the boards dry to equilibrium. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 04, 2021, 09:10:43 AM
Danny,

   Thanks. I think he is expecting that. I had some 1X10's in stock that had been stacked and sir drying a year or so and they had dried to about 9.5" or so, give or take a fudge so that helps give him an idea.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 04, 2021, 05:30:58 PM
   The customer called me back to ask me to save the other 4 -10' 1X10's I had originally pulled from stock and he said he'd be over this weekend unless he could squeeze in a trip during the week. I told him I was going to my dentist tomorrow who is only a couple miles from his home so he jumped all over that. They are loaded on my P/U and he will meet me at my 9:00 am appointment. Sometimes a plan actually comes together.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 05, 2021, 04:37:42 PM
Red pine 4x6x12, 4x4x12, 6x6x8, 2x10x12 was today's sawing. Yesterday was sunny and around 37į beautiful winter day. Today cloudy but still warm at 37į. If it stays like this all winter I will be happy.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 05, 2021, 05:18:26 PM
Looks good Bruno. We are enjoying a fairly moderate winter so far here in the NY Catskills also. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 05, 2021, 05:31:55 PM
 
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I will be sawing some decent Hemlock and Pine but I have to get them out first.
So far I knocked a front tire off the rim and if you look close there is only one fork on the tractor. Caught it under a root and ripped it off. Needed a new tire anyway the one that was on there was dry checked bad, I had slime in it but it probably was low on air when the bead broke. Spent Saturday morning welding the fork back on. No one said logging was easy. Ha!
I have 17 acres to log near the house,it was one of the reasons I started sawing. A lot of the trees are beyond mature and started to be blown over. The woodlot definitely needs some cleaning up. The area in the photo is going to be a new 100 yard + rifle range so I am killing to birds with one stone.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: grweldon on January 05, 2021, 06:01:33 PM
Just today I finished sawing up this Red Maple that was a blow-over from hurricane Sally.  It was the first ever Maple I have sawn.


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The yield wasn't as much as I was expecting, lots of irregularity in the shape of the log.  I got about (7)1x9s, (3)1x6s and a handful of 1x4s.  There was ambrosia spotting throughout the log and it had a rotten spot on the trunk end.  I still have a few 1x3s to cut from the piece still on the mill after I cut off the rotten end.  It will be interesting to see what it looks like after drying!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 05, 2021, 10:01:33 PM
Well it's good to see your smiling face my friend.  Looks like that Maple is also smiling.  :)

I started a ~200 log 74 mile road trip today. The SYP logs are staged at two different locations about 5 miles apart.  I stopped and looked at this site before proceeding to the second.  After I finish it I will move the sawmill here and the customer will bring the backhoe to handle the logs.

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Not bad at all so now on to the second location where I will begin.

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What??

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Oh no!!  And it gets worse....

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Nothing but a mud hole and the logs are in the background toward the yellow backhoe on the left.  No place to set the sawmill up.

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So backhoe to the rescue.

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Ready for the sawmill.

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Bringing the first log to the sawmill.

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Yup, the first log makes 2X10's and we are doing fine.

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My customer bringing another log.  I did not begin sawing until ~10am and sawed 1236bf of framing lumber (2X12's, 2X10's & 2X8's) before stopping at 4:30.

My customer plans to market and sell the lumber and should do quite well.  All of the logs are bucked 16' and were no cost to him. 

I should do quite well too.  ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 05, 2021, 10:11:36 PM
Lynn,

  How old are those logs? (How long cut?) If I had a stack of pine like that up here I would not need any lube because I'd be cutting a big pine borer every foot or so. Might be okay for sheeting but not for framing which I assume is what you are cutting. I'm about decided SYP is less subject to borer damage than our EWP. Am I right?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 06, 2021, 06:56:44 AM
They were felled/bucked in the Spring but there are very few borer holes.  Probably because this is in a swampy location?  I will have to be dodging borer holes at the other much higher and drier location.  Also I guess because of the haphazard way the logs are, there is not any signs of rot, etc.  Also the haphazardness is not a problem because the customer is having no problem fetching and bringing logs to the sawmill.  No down/lost time for me.  I don't know if I mentioned it, but this is a repeat customer.

Grandson, Ben will accompany me today so we should be very productive.  The customer will pay him.  All sawing at this location will be framing lumber and we will probably saw some 1" stuff at the other location but I have no idea how much.  I justa sawin'.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 06, 2021, 10:34:10 AM
Lynn,

   So are you saying tightly stacked logs on a hilltop are more likely to have borer damage than loose pine logs laying around a swamp?

    The worst borer damage I ever saw was a tightly stacked pile of EWP on the edge of a hay field and the logs had been cut over 18 months. I sawed one log from the ground level and had a 3/8" hole every 18-24 inches so we tried one off the top and it was just as bad. We called the job at that point. You could stand there and listen to the chewing as they ate those logs. I was thinking/hoping SYP was less appetizing to the borers. These logs would have made some great holey siding if someone was in to that but the customer wanted 2X framing and this would never have had the strength he needed because of the borer damage.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 06, 2021, 03:51:48 PM
I find the borers are random. I have cut logs here in Monticello and 200 miles north at camp. Some get the borers, some do not from the same woodlot. Of course they only go to work in warmer weather. Here it is best to cut pine in the winter and saw it before it gets to warm in the spring.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 06, 2021, 07:53:35 PM
   Thx Rich. Looking at those MM logs looks like they may have been beat up enough the bark is gone and if I remember correctly debarking the logs prevents the borers from damaging them.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 06, 2021, 09:10:37 PM
So are you saying tightly stacked logs on a hilltop are more likely to have borer damage than loose pine logs laying around a swamp?
Nope, I'm not saying anything.  The customer told me that the logs at the other location had much more borer damage and that he had sprayed them trying to kill them.  They were all felled at the same time.  I have been to the other location and I did not examine the logs but the bark slipping/gone appeared to be about the same.  They are certainly much more exposed to an open air environment in the woods compared to the swampy area.

What I do know is that I am seeing a very minimum amount of borer damage in these logs.  I did not tally today's sawing (probably between 2-3Mbf) but I have not discarded/rejected the first board due to borer holes which is very unusual since the logs are ~ 10 months old.

It looks like rain/wet tomorrow so I may not go back until Friday.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 07, 2021, 12:34:14 PM
MM,

   BTW - how did the customer happen to come up with the logs which were already bucked to 16 at no cost to him? Was it a pipeline or powerline or something coming through his property or something along those lines? 

   I had a customer call today wanting about 6 mbf of poplar to build a 30X50 building. I called another previous customer who agreed to cut and stage the logs then he and his helper will off-bear while I saw. I called another neighbor who gave me a price on hauling/delivering the cut lumber to the customer. The customer agreed to the price and will bring me a deposit and we will all start the work. The landowner gets the lumber price for his wood, I get a sawing fee, my neighbor gets a hauling fee and the customer gets his lumber at a price he is happy with. This looks to be a very promising relationship as we all contribute something we already had to the mix and utilize equipment we each had on hand without exceeding or straining our capabilities. Its not a partnership per se in the legal terminology - we are each just selling a material or service we had available.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 07, 2021, 01:35:56 PM
I have no idea but they did not come from his property because his is all hardwood.  I could have asked but that would not be my nature.  The sawing contract states that "he owns the logs" which is good enough for me.  All that I am interested in is "what is the cut list".   :)

I have not even tried to estimate how long this job could last but I see several weeks and it could be 20Mbf.  ??  I'll just saw until he runs out of logs or $$.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 07, 2021, 03:58:16 PM
Sawing ash boards 1x8x10
For an order of 100
Sunny and windy 26į with a 5 to 7į wind chill factor.
The wind is what gets ya.
One more day closer to spring.
WM silvertips 1.25 x .042 t7į
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 07, 2021, 04:10:31 PM
Bruno,

   Awful pretty boards there. I love sawing ash and hate to see it getting harder and harder to find with the borers killing it all off.

Lynn,

   Understood. I just thought you might be sawing on an obvious freshly built pipeline or powerline.

    We had a new electric line installed about 30 miles from here and one of the landowners talked to me about sawing some of his pine off it but it never panned out. He was hauling his poplar and I guess maybe his oaks to a mill and selling them for sawlogs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 08, 2021, 12:38:45 PM
Nice looking lumber,Bruno. I always say the same thing, every decent day is one day closer to Spring. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 09, 2021, 08:35:44 AM
If you saw my post about butternut, you know I'm working on buying a big log.  It is gonna be way too big for my mill and will need to be trimmed.  I've done a little trimming to get logs thru, but I've never cut off a foot of thickness.  How have you guys done this.  Would you recommend taking the same off both sides or would you take all off of one side and then mill slabs with one straight side and one live edge.?  I guess if I take it all off one side I can mill the piece I take off into some boards.  I'll know more when I go and look at it tomorrow.  He says it is 4' at the base, but it look like they cut it pretty low and it will taper pretty quickly to about 36".  Still too big for the mill, but a lot less trimming.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 09, 2021, 09:02:12 AM
The whole log doesn't have to fit.  Utilize the cantilever design to your advantage and hang the oversize portion out and then you can turn and nibble with the sawmill.  I use the clamp and turner together to turn the big'uns. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 09, 2021, 09:06:31 AM
I have an LT15 which has an idle side mast, so that won't work for me.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 09, 2021, 11:03:51 AM
I have an LT15 which has an idle side mast, so that won't work for me.
Are you familiar with a lumber maker? It clamps on the bar and rides along a 2x6. You screw a board on each end then attach the long board to them. You can square up a big log in no time. You don't need a very long bar to just take off the sides. 
http://www.haddontools.com/Chainsaw-Attachment.html
Here is a video, this is how I started sawing.
Chainsaw Mill. Cutting a 2X6 with the Haddon lumbermaker. - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLCp4s0LJc)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 09, 2021, 11:19:53 AM
Thanks @richhiway (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=25823) I have one.  I used it a lot when I built my house.  All my loft railing was cut from ERC using the lumbermaker, plus a big timber I made for the staircase.  I will use it to get a nice straight cut on the logs.  I was just undecided whether to take some off of both sides or all off of one side.  I'm leaning toward taking some off of each side to make the log fit.  My mill can fit a log about 28" thru the uprights, but only cut a board a max of about 25" between the guides.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 09, 2021, 11:25:49 AM
I have an LT15
Oops, Obviously I was thinking LT35.   ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 09, 2021, 11:28:04 AM
I like to keep the log balanced so it easier to turn my mill has a manual deck. The LT 40 is 28 inches between the guides.
I can whittle down a good size one.
Sometimes I leave one edge live.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: mike_belben on January 09, 2021, 11:29:09 AM
Youre tougher than me bruno.  I dont have the moxie to stay out in that kinda cold no more. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 09, 2021, 04:43:05 PM
Finished my 3rd job of 2021 today.  About 725 board feet from 12" and smaller logs, 20 of them, pine, cedar, WO.  Customer making Adirondack shelter on his new acreage.  Technical sawing it seemed.  5 hours charged time plus mileage.   A third of it was 5/8" thick cedar for lap siding. It's what he wanted.  I sawed 4x4s also out of 5" logs and split some 3-4" logs in half.   ::)  This customer had a Tesla car.  When I went to leave I asked if he could move it forward so I could back the sawmill up the path to turn my rig around.  He pulled a remote out of his pocket and pushed some buttons and the car drove up the path by itself. :o :o

Yesterday 1400 BF 1x8's, 1x 12's  out of 3 large bumpy pine logs 36" x8, 36" x 10, and 25" x 14'.  No trouble gobbling these up with the 70Wide. But board handling was slow, the scraps were heavy and the jacket boards two feet wide,  just customer and me.  Once we got the logs staged it was about 5 hours to set up and saw.  Before that however, the  first 2-1/2 hours of the day were spent tumbling these logs down a hillside about 150 feet or so to the setup area.  I was tired enough to go home before I even set up the mill. ::)

Last Sat was the first job of the year.  About 900 board feet of 3x4 and 3x5 black locust posts and rails.  The logs were 24" and smaller, and unlike many larger locust logs around here, these were sound with no hollows & ants.  Customer and I had to roll and shuffle the logs together.   ::)

I would rather saw than move logs.   ::)

But it's good business to do what it takes to help the customers get their wood sawn. Me tired, them happy.  8) 8)

Next job is for a Bobcat sales rep.   I better not be moving logs on that one.  :D

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SawyerTed on January 09, 2021, 05:19:48 PM
Monday I had a new customer and my first mobile job of the new year.  

We cut about 1,600 board feet of 2x white oak.  Most was 2x10 and 2x8 all was 12í and 16í.  My customer is building raised beds for gardening and re-decking an 18í equipment trailer. He and his son were great tail gunners. 

Since Monday Iíve been tending to my 87 year old dad and 86 year old mom.  They are having health issues that require my attention.  Probably wonít get to saw for several days at least. 

Having to reschedule several jobs. They will keep because itís awfully wet here and family comes first.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 10, 2021, 06:14:19 AM
The week after Christmas I helped my 82 year old neighbor cut down a large dead laurel oak.  John and I decided to bring it the 1/4 mile home and saw it.  We quartersawed this log yesterday morning using the technique demonstrated by Customsawyer, YellowHammer and WDH.  It was a little challenging since the pith was not apparent at the top end of the log but we lucked out and stayed in the ray fleck for almost all of the boards.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 10, 2021, 08:47:00 AM
Yeah!!!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 10, 2021, 08:53:33 AM
What method is this?  The modified method where you take both sides off and set aside and then cut the pith out of the middle cant.?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 10, 2021, 10:44:00 AM
Basically the RRQS method that YellowHammer has described.  We cut eight faces on the outside of the log, cut a 2 3/8" full width board out of the center, slid the top half off onto the loader arms, took another 1 1/4" full width board and then started sawing to the widest face with ray fleck.  It was very gratifying sawing but slow compared to sawing pine or cypress siding and dimensional lumber.  The process is not slow but we were taking extra time to ensure we were getting the results we wanted.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 10, 2021, 08:33:14 PM
Still no word on when my engine will ship.  In the meantime, I figure I'll keep collecting logs.  I saw an ad for cedar logs.  In the picture there were a bunch of different logs in a barn.  I went today and looked.  When I walked in I thought i may have uncovered a gold mine, but what I hoped would be things like walnut, were a bunch of short pine logs and some pin oak.  I ended up bringing home 13 ERC logs, some of them around 6' long and 18" diameter.  The guy helped me carry all the logs to my trailer.  They weren't too heavy as theyd been drying in there a long time.  He told me $1 per log.  I have him $20 and headed home.  I'll be able to mill these and sell right away, as soon as I have an engine.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 11, 2021, 08:50:03 PM
I did an interesting small resaw job this past fall. The client called and asked if I could resaw existing Douglas Fir timbers. Of course I said I could and inquired about their size, intended resizing, and if they were cleaned and free of any nails 😆 lol 🤪 ?
 Below is a pic of the timbers. They were delivered to my mill site location by a young man that wasnít the client. He brought the timbers from Omaha Nebraska and said he was paid to deliver them to my location.  


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So we unloaded the timbers onto my sawmill loader arms and the young man along with his girlfriend said goodbye and drove away. While waiting for the client to arrive I loaded the first timber onto my sawmills bed and skimmed the top face off the timber as previously discussed with the client. Then I shut off the mill and patiently waited for the client to arrive.

 My little black lab ďSadieĒ got in some quality retrieving time while we waited and she wanted to pose for the camera.


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Turns out the timbers were full of small hardened square tacks or nails on both edges. When the client showed up we started digging and pulling nails from both edges of all of the timbers. We would end up finding 20-40 plus nails in each timber and would do our best to try and get them all. The client was well aware of my damaged blade charge and was willing to pay for the blades. We sawed two passes on each timber. The first pass was done just to skim off the old existing oxidized wood and create a new, flat, and straight face. The timber was then flipped over and a pass of the saw was made at 1 3/4Ē above the deck completing each piece.

Hereís a couple (low quality) pics of two of the newly opened faces loaded into the clients truck.


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During the nail pulling session I had time to ask questions and kinda get to know my client and his material a little better. The timbers were old Douglas Fir joist that had been salvaged from the historic Woolworth Building in Downtown Omaha. They were removed as part of a remodel and upgrade of the building that had taken place in recent years. He is utilizing the newly sawn 1 3/4Ē thick lumber to make electric guitar bodies with his CNC router. Turns out he is talented in guitar making and knows a thing or two about how to make them and what woods make some sound much better than others. I am looking forward to seeing (and hearing) some of his final product. Who know maybe some day one of the many guitar player here on the FF will own one of the guitars that I sawed the lumber for.

Thanks for looking!






Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on January 11, 2021, 11:49:30 PM
@caveman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=12883) , Your figure is narrow but very dense- I'd love to have those boards.  Hopefully you get to keep them for yourself?

Sawed for the 3rd day this year, first post.  Pics colors don't do justice the bright yellow dust all over everything in the shop.  Osage cut a year and two months ago.  Still cuts ok.  Using about 1.5 bands every two logs on average.  This one was first on the mill today.  One of the large dia.  I got 5 fence posts out of this one 5"x5"x9'.

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There were some butt logs in the fence row that were almost 4' dia. I didn't dare mess with those. Too heavy and too difficult to mill. Even with this one on the mill, the pith area is often split or partially hollow.  So you have to take the solid wood from outside of that center hollow.  Smaller Osage logs are solid in the middle, but the bigger they get, the more they start to spit and hollow.  They don't hollow like a cherry or other logs, It's not from rot, but from movement of the log while growing causing the center to open up from the outside probably shrinking in places.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Cruiser_79 on January 12, 2021, 04:09:40 AM
Last week I cut some alder trees in an urban area for a friend, nice job with dismantling the entire trees with a cherry picker cause there was no space to just fell them. First time I took down alder, I was surprised how fast branches break. Same with the hinge when cutting, no long fibers after felling as with poplar or fir trees. 


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Most of the trees will end up as firewood, the trunks I will mill and see what it looks like from the inside. Does anyone has a good purpose for Alder trees? Cause it isn't elastic/flexible it won't be good for beams etc. I assume?
For the big rounds I think I build a inverted log splitter for the forklift or wheel loader. They are a little bit too heavy for lifting on my splitter by hand... 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on January 12, 2021, 09:31:30 AM
Alder is excellent for furniture, mill work, and architectural mill work. I buy all that I can get. WOC
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on January 12, 2021, 09:35:31 AM
Alder is a popular wood for trim and cabinets in the US. I've made some kitchen cabinets and book cases from alder and it's an easy wood to work with and I think is quite attractive with a natural finish.

It doesn't grow around here but I've heard it can be a dangerous tree to take down. Due to the brittleness they have a strong tendency to barber chair.

Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Iwawoodwork on January 12, 2021, 11:19:55 AM
Lots of Alder here in western "wet" Oregon and Washington. yes Alder id dangerous to hand fall, Barber chairs frequently.  Lot of furniture made from it. I understand that it finishes to look similar to Maple.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 12, 2021, 11:35:07 AM
  This is news to me. I did not know Alder ever got big enough to make lumber from. The ones I have seen are only about 6: diameter or less. I thought of it more as a bush than a tree. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DennisK on January 12, 2021, 04:47:48 PM
Cut a lot of Alder on Whidbey Island in the mid to late 70's and 80's, don't recall much Barber Polling. Cutting north from I-90 to Mount Vernon, was a bit different, we were more worried about scrub maple in glacial tilth hillsides, that stuff could fall, split in any of the 360 degrees of the hinge cut. we only cut in the rainy season, Oct-June. 6 week window for furniture grade Alder in spring.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 12, 2021, 05:00:42 PM
Sawed some hard maple logs for the farmer up the road this morning. Then changed the oil and filter on the Kohler 38hp. I do it every 100 hrs .
Wix filter and synthetic 5w-30 for winter.
Then I put this 40+" butt log 14'long on the mill and made some nice 34" to 16" wide live edge 2" thick. I haven't made any since last spring.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 12, 2021, 08:09:57 PM
The red alder in the West is a different species than our little hazel alder that grows on the margins of ponds and wet areas.  They are both in the birch family. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on January 13, 2021, 07:15:46 PM
Alder cut this morning.
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 I will end up as a door like this one later this year.
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 Shelves, tables, entertainment centers, wall panel,and on and on. As I said- I use a lot of it.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 13, 2021, 07:47:12 PM
I had 2 bits of great news today.  First, Woodmizer called me this morning and told me my new engine should be shipped tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll be back to sawing in a week.  The second bit of news was that I get my first covid shot tomorrow.  That relates to sawmilling because it is the first step in my dad and I getting back to worry free working together.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on January 13, 2021, 08:43:15 PM
@firefighter ontheside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=26921)  I thought your first bit of good news was that you were getting the new engine for free.  ;D ;D

Right now I've got an head to exhaust manifold gasket that is leaking.  19HP gas Kohler on my LT15go.  I can hear the exhaust leak clearly.  It started back in Mid Oct.  But I've only milled about 20 days since.  I thought it was at one of the exhaust pipe connections, but yesterday I wrapped those joints with exhaust pipe tape, and only then could I see that it was at the head.  Gaskets should show up tomorrow.  Hopefully it's just the gasket as I can't see any sign of a crack, and my power is not reduced while milling.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: ljohnsaw on January 13, 2021, 11:43:13 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 14, 2021, 05:52:00 AM
The Bobcat sales rep customer Saturday might have to be rescheduled for rain.  

But I ended up with jobs yesterday, today and Friday.   I like local jobs. 

Yesterday was about 900 bf of ash in 3 big logs and about 20 little ones.  Plus some 4-6" cedar.   12 miles away.

Today is content of a walnut tree I havent heard how much.  24 mi away. 

Friday is a stack of oak logs that have been completely debarked.  I don't understand but I will understand when I get there. Sometimes it saves time not to ask too many questions.  48 mile drive.

Then Sat if the rain shifts into the night.  Forget what he's got but it's all day.  33 miles.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 14, 2021, 06:57:02 AM
Dennis
Are you looking at a mini skid?
My friend that has a tree service has a bobcat mt55 he likes it .
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 14, 2021, 08:33:20 AM
I don't understand but I will understand when I get there. Sometimes it saves time not to ask too many questions.
That is generally when I ask for texted pictures.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 14, 2021, 01:02:46 PM
I do have texted pictures and I still donít understand it. :-\ Iíll find out tomorrow morning. 

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 14, 2021, 01:03:22 PM
Bruno I am not actively looking. Iím going to ask the bobcat guy Saturday about it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 15, 2021, 02:46:56 PM
I do have texted pictures and I still donít understand it. :-\ Iíll find out tomorrow morning.
The job went well today with the "debarked" logs.  They were indeed de-barked, white oak logs about 6 months down, he used a spud to scrape them all completely free of bark.  That's what all the lines and furrows were on the logs in the pictures he sent which I didn't understand. 
Sawed um and left um.   :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 15, 2021, 07:41:36 PM
Ive been doing a little sawing to stock up on what I have available for sale. Iíve had numerous calls for fireplace mantles this past year so Iíve decided to cut some and get them started drying. The mantles below are black oak. 


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and I cut these out of an old and surprisingly dry elm log, but Iím certain that a little clear finish will really make the grain and color pop.


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 Iíve been keeping the extra stock that I trim off of the back edge to sell with the mantle for corbel or cornice material.
Also stocking up on my selection of 5/4Ē boards. These ash boards will surely please some customers eye.


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Tomorrow I have a custom fire place mantle order to saw out of the knottiest, gnarliest black oak log that I have. It needs to be a minimum of 6í long x 5Ē thick x 14Ē deep with a live front edge.
Sunday I will travel 37 miles to custom saw 10+ walnut logs into wide live edge slabs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on January 15, 2021, 11:59:30 PM
Milled some 1x12 roofers that were too nice to be roofers. Next week I'm back on timbers for a horse barn. 


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 16, 2021, 09:39:18 PM
We started off this morning sawing bald cypress and finished up sawing sycamore.  This is a sycamore log we got a couple of months ago and we wanted to quartersaw it.  Most of our cuts hit very good figure.
We have it on stickers on top of the quartersawn oak from last weekend.  If it dries flat we should be in good shape.(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/22883/3567A821-B389-4697-B2B8-EBA50DCBA1A9.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1610843812)
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on January 16, 2021, 10:36:02 PM
Well it was sawn a bit ago and came out of the kiln the other day, finished it through the moulder today, 1500 square foot, ship lap, accent wall.  Ended up with 16 species of wood in it, he wanted contrast and character and I think we got it.  Clear red oak and walnut, coffee stained white pine, denim SYP, colored gum, Mulberry, Ash, Polonia, and a bunch more.  Really looking forward to seeing it installed.  

 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 16, 2021, 11:36:29 PM
Looks pretty cool 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 17, 2021, 07:05:26 AM
Kyle, that sycamore is stunning.  

Chris Jim, that accent wall is going to be very attention grabbing and unique. Just like you ;D.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 17, 2021, 02:40:59 PM
Thanks, Danny.  I sawed the top 4' of the butt log that we quartersawed yesterday into live edged slabs today.  The two narrowest ones (bench width) have some nice spalting and ambrosia beetle holes and the eight wide ones were oriented to squeeze between the guides to leave two live edges.  

Jim, I look forward to seeing a pic of the finished wall.  It should be pretty cool.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Cjross73 on January 17, 2021, 03:46:48 PM
A little SYP on a nice day, 50s in Jan 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on January 17, 2021, 03:50:38 PM
 
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 Sawed 500 bf of cedar this afternoon. Took about 2 hours. I sure do like having power feed!😁
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 17, 2021, 08:46:01 PM
Another day of sawing wide, live edge, black walnut slabs.



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Nine hours from arrival to ready to travel home. Eight brand new Kasco 4į Blades :-\ :( :-\. The blade usage was a bit extreme today. Logs were frozen with plenty of dirt and grit in the bark ( my next mill will have a debarker). Found two logs with with multiple (3 and 4) nails each in them. None the less it was a good, enjoyable day.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on January 17, 2021, 10:51:03 PM
Thanks WDH and Caveman - customer picked it up today and we had to hand load it onto his fender sided trailer.  Normally that would annoy me to no end but it allowed the material to be shuffled and laid out somewhat to how it will look on the wall.  The customer sat there and kept taking photos and texting them to his buddies, he promised me photos when it is up.  I will share them.  Hoping it will open a new line for me.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Hadloc411 on January 17, 2021, 10:57:11 PM
Well on Friday the 15th I was part of a group that got let go from my full time job, so the sawmill which was more of a hobby that made a bit of money became my full time job, and I started advertising Saturday. From that I have one job,12000 bf of hemlock starting here the 1st of February, then a one day job sawing some cherry, probably a week maybe 2 sawing out hemlock 1" lumber for siding, he might have another week sawing poplar for lumber for haywagons. Working on lining up a job sawing out lumber for a 30x40 pole barn, and a job resawing oak timbers to 1" and 2" lumber. So already have probably 4x the work I did last year, just my second year of sawing.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 17, 2021, 11:00:04 PM
   I am sorry to hear your regular job ended but am glad to see the sawing fallback seems to be falling into place for you. Keep us posted on how it works out for you.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Hadloc411 on January 17, 2021, 11:21:12 PM
I bought the sawmill hoping that I would one day be able to go back to being self employed, I used to be a dairy farmer, but wasn't expecting it to be this year. In some ways I think this was the push I needed to go self employed again, I have a couple of weeks before that first job, and have to get the lights working on the mill and a couple other small things to fix on it before it's ready to really make some sawdust.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: petefrom bearswamp on January 18, 2021, 08:35:08 AM
No sawing here since last August when I sold the mill.
Do I miss it? yeah a little.
Now i dont even "saw wood" at night since i got my cpap machine
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DWyatt on January 18, 2021, 09:01:44 AM
Fun weekend with Dad sawing some 2 1/2" beech slabs from some large "logs" for a customer and 3 poplar logs into 1x material for us. I didn't do a final tally of the poplar, but they made a lot of lumber. 2 of the logs could have been veneer quality and one was just a normal lumber log. Note the chunk of Beech that didn't get sawed in the background of the poplar picture ::) He said they were logs ::) I said hourly rate. The one poplar was the biggest log I have had on the mill and it was a pain in the butt. 12' long 28" small end and 38" large end, but it made some purdy lumber. I have 4 more poplar logs to pick up next weekend, having a neighbor who's a logger is convenient.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on January 18, 2021, 11:41:19 AM
Iíve not made any sawdust in a couple weeks between the snow and to much OT at the day job. Only so many hours in the day. Thinking about taking up telemarketing to sell extended vehicle Warrenty. Whatcha think? 😋 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 18, 2021, 11:47:03 AM
Thinking about taking up telemarketing to sell extended vehicle Warrenty. Whatcha think?
I think that you made your first call yesterday and I didn't want it.   ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on January 18, 2021, 11:56:23 AM
Gotcha to answer, thatís half the battle. Lol. Glad you picked up, I really enjoyed chatting with you....
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on January 18, 2021, 02:14:22 PM
Iíve not made any sawdust in a couple weeks between the snow and to much OT at the day job. Only so many hours in the day. Thinking about taking up telemarketing to sell extended vehicle Warrenty. Whatcha think? 😋
Me thinks u need to get a dictionary.
If I c an ad with misspelled words I immediately think 3rd world scam.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 18, 2021, 03:16:47 PM
Well, my sawmill engine is now in the same city as me.  That's a good sign.  Trying to get them to deliver it to me at work instead of waiting til im at home on wednesday.  I'm guessing theyll deliver it to me tomorrow.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 18, 2021, 04:25:27 PM
I got a ups app on my phone which shows exactly where the little brown truck is on a map.  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on January 18, 2021, 06:19:07 PM
I bought the sawmill hoping that I would one day be able to go back to being self employed, I used to be a dairy farmer, but wasn't expecting it to be this year. In some ways I think this was the push I needed to go self employed again, I have a couple of weeks before that first job, and have to get the lights working on the mill and a couple other small things to fix on it before it's ready to really make some sawdust.
good luck. If you had cows you know how to work hard so cutting lumber should be a breeze. Just make sure you charge enough to make a good profit. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on January 18, 2021, 07:51:12 PM
Iíve not made any sawdust in a couple weeks between the snow and to much OT at the day job. Only so many hours in the day. Thinking about taking up telemarketing to sell extended vehicle Warrenty. Whatcha think? 😋
Me thinks u need to get a dictionary.
If I c an ad with misspelled words I immediately think 3rd world scam.
GAB
Iím in trouble, I canít spell. I guess I better settle in working for a living. Iím a terrible salesman anyway 🤓
Title: Mixed bag of red, white and chestnut oaks
Post by: Blackgreyhounds on January 18, 2021, 09:36:16 PM
I had a nice red oak and white oak die in my forest recently, so I dropped and bucked them.  Then, I harvested a couple of the best dead standing chestnut oaks to make a full day's worth of milling.  We wound up with 2,200+ bf of 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4.  Some of it was really nice, wide and clear and some was marginal.  Surprisingly, the chestnut oak was the clearest, even up to the 3rd and 4th logs (8' each).  As usual, I hired in a local miller who knocked all of this out in ~6 hr on his LT40 Super with just me as support. If I could have gotten another helper to offbear, it would have gone faster.

Chestnut oak

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White Oak


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Red Oak
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Turd White Oak boards

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The crummy white oak boards were taken by my wife to make planters and a cold frame for the gardens, so they will not go to waste.

Nicely stacked and stickered, still needs a little more weight on top.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 19, 2021, 07:00:10 AM
Some of my customers prefer the knotty wood.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on January 19, 2021, 10:49:48 AM
Some of my customers prefer the knotty wood.  
The word "rustic" is very much in play these days!!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 19, 2021, 02:56:00 PM
One of my former students and a many time repeat customer sent me a cut list for cypress on Friday.  I called him and asked if he wanted clear or knotty boards.  He preferred knotty which worked out really well because all of our clear logs are in the pond and it was cold by my standards Friday afternoon.   We had some knotty, yard grown cypress logs that a tree service dropped off a while back that were easily accessed.  We sawed them Saturday morning before quartersawing the big sycamore.

Yesterday morning we sawed some of WDH's favorite  smiley_devil .  I like the way it looks but it has presented challenges.  We were only able to saw it flat by flooding the blade with spindle lube and sawing slower than slow using a 4į 1.5" blade.  The short crotch log was the most challenging of the sawing session to orient and saw but we did get a couple of cool pieces out of it.
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These bookmatched short slabs are about 24" wide.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on January 19, 2021, 03:10:44 PM
 Well, WDH might not be in love with the smiley_devilwood, but it looks like you've got a handle on it.
Nice grain, colours, and cuts!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 19, 2021, 05:12:54 PM
In between pine barn siding and red pine framing lumber.
I put on this old beech log i had kicking around. It was spalted and rustic. I sawed it 5/4 and got some 11" wide x 8'long boards.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 19, 2021, 06:00:48 PM
Well, so much for getting my engine at work.  It spent 3 days here in the town where I work.  They wouldn't bring it to me because they never got in writing from WM to allow a different shipping location.  Then today, they sent the engine 30 miles away to some other company that does actual delivery.  That place would not deliver til Thursday, so I'm driving up there tomorrow after work to get the thing.  The good news is that I SHOULD have my engine tomorrow.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 19, 2021, 08:34:27 PM
Kyle, those are exceptional, but now, somebody has got to plane them, and it really helps if the customer likes cracks  :). 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 19, 2021, 10:06:10 PM
Epoxy is in and we can only plane up to 20", so it will hopefully be someone else's baby.  I had no idea what we were getting into when we started talking about buying a band sawmill in 2009.  It has been a slippery slope.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Raym on January 20, 2021, 06:52:11 AM
It's harvest day....film at 11



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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 20, 2021, 08:00:59 PM
Well, I have an engine and its in place, but not hooked up.  It lines up perfectly with holes that were already in the mounting plate.  I got the new drive side wheel on and the new belt on.  Tomorrow I need to drill some holes and mount the new gas tank and then route the gas lines.  It looked a little daunting at first, but theres a lot of parts in the kit that I will not need.  It also came with parts to upgrade the lift mechanism.  I'm not sure that I'll install that.  It will change it so that one full turn on the handle is 2" of raise instead of the 4" that I have now.  The kit also came with another bracket and lube jug exaclty the the same as what I already have.  Will just save that for spare.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 20, 2021, 10:34:17 PM
R


5Ē x 6í live edge black oak fireplace mantle ready to be picked up by itís new owner.


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The extra stock 5Ē x 6Ē piece to the right will be used to make cornices or corbels for the mantle piece.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 21, 2021, 06:47:24 AM
That is a nice one.  Have you had any trouble with selling them green?  I only sell them dried and sterilized but it takes several years to do that. My oak ones always split and crack badly at the pith.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 21, 2021, 07:53:52 AM
I sell quite a lot of walnut mantels.  I do not sell them green, but I also do not kiln dry them either.  I like to let them dry about a year and let people know just what they're getting.  I just saw someone on local FB trying to sell a freshly milled cherry mill about the size of that one for $450.  Apparently it has a gold core or has diamonds inset.  I price them based very fairly, but still make good money on a log that I otherwise would not have milled into lumber.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 21, 2021, 06:33:05 PM
What am I sawing today?  I finished the cut that I was making over a month ago when my engine went south for the winter.  Got the engine installed and the gas tank installed.  Tracking is a little off from what it was now that I have a new drive side wheel.  It's nothing significant.  The blade is tracking just a little too close to the shoulder on the back of the guide bearings.  I'll either adjust the bearings or the tracking.  

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 22, 2021, 04:26:13 PM
Today just as I was about to get into 4 big pine logs with frozen mud and ice on them.
The shaft on the debarker swing motor broke.
Called Woodmizer Pa. and have one on the way.
Ice on logs can be a pain.
I'm filling a big pine 1x8 order .
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on January 22, 2021, 05:11:16 PM
On the recent Poplar sawing job I did, I set up close enough to home to plug in my kerosene torpedo heater and use it to melt the snow-ice-mud off. When I would have one log cleaned and sawing on the mill, I'd have the next one "pre-heating" on the tractor forks ready to load. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on January 22, 2021, 06:08:33 PM
Everyone is working in the shop today on various jobs but took a break to unload some grafted walnut logs.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 22, 2021, 06:12:11 PM
Looks nice 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on January 22, 2021, 06:33:31 PM
Today just as I was about to get into 4 big pine logs with frozen mud and ice on them.
The shaft on the debarker swing motor broke.
Called Woodmizer Pa. and have one on the way.
Ice on logs can be a pain.
I'm filling a big pine 1x8 order .
Iíve also got a nice order for pine 1x8s and 1x10s. Probably not as big as your order, but enough for me. 4000bf. Iím going to try to saw about 3000 this weekend and finish the rest next week. Iíve got 500í of white oak trailer decking and 1000í of 4/4 cedar to get out in the next couple weekends. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 22, 2021, 07:44:20 PM
I milled for the first time in a month.  Milled some very pretty american elm.  Made some nice straight 8/4 live edge slabs.  Mill ran great.  Also turned some less than nice kiln dried maple into nice stickers.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 22, 2021, 08:12:43 PM
That is a nice one.  Have you had any trouble with selling them green?  I only sell them dried and sterilized but it takes several years to do that. My oak ones always split and crack badly at the pith.  
Danny, this is the first one Iíve sold. The client contacted me looking for 5Ē thickness. I specifically let them know I didnít have anything that thick in dry stock material but I could do 2 1/2Ē in dry stock. So they asked if I could custom cut one. I said yes I can but it wonít be dry. That didnít seem to matter and they still wanted it so upon receiving their deposit I cut it. They were informed to expect it to do some checking, cracking, and moving around. I made four others out of the same knotty, gnarly log. I will not be advertising them until they have dried. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 22, 2021, 09:51:18 PM
Cottonwood is the Kansas state tree.  made some stock for my standard pallets today.


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enough top wood to make 10 pallets if it dries ok.  will make the bottoms from a number of shorter logs.  I make my pallets 42 inches wide, and space them 18 inches from base to base.  I have 6 footers and 9 footers.  these boards are on a pallet made of hackberry.  the flitches go on the firewood cradle to cut for fun firewood for fire pits and fireplaces.  I had a 1 inch board that I cut into stickers.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Raym on January 23, 2021, 06:25:52 AM
I'm not accustomed to portable sawing but got a call from a friend who needed a days worth of sawing. I quoted him pricing and off we went. 90 mile trip one way to his farm. A variety of "stuff" that included some white pine that will be used for Windsor chair seats, some walnut (but looks like butternut because it was so light). We were walking around looking at the different logs to be sawn and we turned the corner and there was a RO log 40"ish and about 35' to a large crotch. He asked what we should do with that and my reply was "worms gotta eat to". Needless to say that log didn't move.....

His brother had some logs that he wanted framing 2x6 cut from. Some unknowns except for one large RO that sawed like butter and a large hickory that was so difficult to saw I came close to packing it up after the first cut. I would like to be around when someone tries to drive a nail in that stuff.

All in all it was a fun day, (long day, big check) and the only issues I had was I forgot to lower the travel pin and almost sawed it but caught myself. Also almost sawed into one of the backstops but again caught myself. I kinda feel like I cheated all of the onlookers of the excitement when the blades zings like it does. Oh well, maybe next time.

Now I understand what MM means by saws'em and leaves'em because it sure was nice to hook up and drive away and not have to worry about any cleanup or stickering and stacking.


Beautiful farm. Even though I was in the shade and chilly, at least the wind was at my back.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 23, 2021, 07:43:27 AM
Great work Doc and Raym
I got 4 hickory logs to saw.
They came in on a load of logs I bought.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 23, 2021, 07:58:18 AM
Doc, do you use the pallets for drying?  That cottonwood looks just like some logs I almost bought as butternut.   >:(  The guy has one ad still trying to sell it as butternut and another ad selling it as cherry firewood.

I can't believe I have never milled any hickory.  It's everywhere around me.  No one has brought one to be milled.  I want to cut some, I just don't have any logs.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 23, 2021, 08:14:16 AM
yes.  these are like several others here use.  I did a thread to help me develop a standard.  I use regular pallets a lot since I have forks, for the smaller odd stuff.  these fit the bill for being able to stack several high bunks of wood, to help weight the lower stuff down.  my pallet are 42 inches wide as that matches my forks.  I have a short version that is 6 foot 2 inches.  and a 9 foot 2 inch version.  the spacing is the same so the bolsters for a column if stacked.  I have some copper naphtholate to roll on the bottoms to resist decay.  this is a tree we just took down.  very wet wood with over 100% MC.  water came out of the wood as I cut it.  it saws easy, despite tension.  the wood is 10 feet long and the ends will all be trimmed.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 23, 2021, 08:15:33 AM
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 23, 2021, 08:19:12 AM
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 23, 2021, 08:31:48 AM
I got 4 hickory logs to saw.
smiley_devil
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 23, 2021, 09:13:32 AM
I got 4 hickory logs to saw.
smiley_devil
I have sawn it once with 10į bands when I first started
I have 7į and t7į 
Frost notch 
Which should I use ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 23, 2021, 09:14:47 AM
The 10į stunk on it .
That's all I had when I got my firsts mill not knowing.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 23, 2021, 04:05:27 PM
I found out today that the guy who has always sharpened my planer and jointer knives can also sharpen my sawmill blades.  I think I will at least try him and see how it goes.  I've been hearing that turn around with woodmizer has been very slow and the WM dealer in MO that used to do resharp  doesn't do it anymore.  I can just drive them over and pick them up when done.  Of course, I'll be losing the ability to get replacements at a discount when blades can't be sharpened.  I think the price per blade is the same for sharpening.  I hope I save enough on shipping to make it worthwhile.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 23, 2021, 04:09:27 PM
Just finished the 9th job of 2021 today.   1220 BF of RO/ash and a half hour slicing 30" red oak cookies 4" thick about 8 of them. 

Nothing booked ahead but about 6 other customers threatening to call so will probably have a few more jobs before end of month. 

Might be most active January ever. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 23, 2021, 05:23:57 PM
2 sales today from FB market place and 2 more orders added to the list. It will be the busiest January ever for me.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: randy d on January 23, 2021, 06:36:51 PM
We have been selling 2x4x8' sold out twice  the most we have ever sold. Randy
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SawyerTed on January 23, 2021, 09:39:09 PM
 
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Iím finally sawing some lumber for my own projects.

4x6 posts, 2x6x14í rafters and 1x5 s for sheathing for the metal roof.

Took 1 day (about 3 hours) to set the posts and header and one day (5 hours) to set the rafters and do the sheathing.  The only real problem is the cost of the metal roofing!  Cha Ching $$$$! 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on January 24, 2021, 09:57:49 AM
You guys with flat roofs :D ;) Up here in NH the thing would be on the ground on the first storm.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on January 24, 2021, 10:04:50 AM
Fun this last week 10 į cutting frozen Hemlock logs hard as a rock. The T7s did ok but, Dull faster. If you don't take the lumber off fast enuff the thing will freeze to the cant. 8)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: randy d on January 24, 2021, 11:52:00 AM
I know what your talking about we were sawing pine 2x4 and they froze down to the cant real fast and its fun scarping off saw dust to. we use windshield washer fluid but it still freezes to the 2x4.  Randy
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SawyerTed on January 24, 2021, 01:16:02 PM
You guys with flat roofs :D ;) Up here in NH the thing would be on the ground on the first storm.
Yes ďflatĒ is relative.  The photo makes it look flatter than it is.  The roof has about 20Ē of fall in 14í.  We rarely get more than 6Ē of snow and none of it stays more than 2 or 3 days.  While this lean-to will hold up to our snow loads, it wouldnít where snow and ice accumulates over several weather events. There are hundreds of sheds like this built on tobacco barns just in Stokes County.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on January 24, 2021, 01:18:42 PM
If it gets cold enough and the sawdust freezes thick, I scrape it off in sheets. ;D

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 24, 2021, 02:22:59 PM
You are right Peter
I used alot of blades this last week frozen logs add to the winter fun.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
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Finally got back to the mill this year! Some 6/4 walnut and some pin oak slabs.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 24, 2021, 06:29:30 PM
That walnut is killer.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 24, 2021, 07:25:31 PM
great stuff... from Kansas!     8)  8)  8) 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 24, 2021, 07:33:23 PM
Awesome 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: kelLOGg on January 24, 2021, 07:55:09 PM
A neighbor called me today to ask if I could saw cookies from spalted maple her husband got for firewood. I told her "yes" and I could do it now. As she approached me and my wife, I told my wife that I was going to bake saw some cookies for her. Two hours later I had this pic in my email. I'm still laughing.


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(There is an electrical issue with the head feed so I had to push. That's my task for tomorrow)

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on January 25, 2021, 08:18:06 AM
Not sawing last week - but finished lifting one of my sheds that came off second best in a Category 5 cyclone.

It's been a work in progress for a long time - as time and money permitted. It spent 6 years down in "sydney opera house" style with some pallets to stop it collapsing further.... which was really good in terms of self washing floors every time it rained but not good for much else.



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I had every builder in like 100 mile here buying lumber at some point or other and looked at it and none of them knew where to start so it was either knock it down or do it ourselves. Now I'm not a builder.... but pallets, forklifts, dogs and chains and ratchet straps : I got general freighters covered.


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I can now say that officially - it's nearly twice as strong as the original design. We do not wish to do this again in a hurry.


*No OH&S guys were consulted in the making of this post :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on January 25, 2021, 08:27:33 AM
Awesome,,,,,,You are making me smile with your engineering solutions.We have the Disney concert hall here in Los Angeles with a twisted roof like yours. Keep up the good work ! Cheers WOC
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on January 25, 2021, 11:05:52 AM
Got a load of cedar today. Some are kinda small, but itís all worth sawing. Good thing is Iíve got an order for 4x4s. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on January 25, 2021, 12:36:47 PM
Not sawing last week - but finished lifting one of my sheds that came off second best in a Category 5 cyclone.

It's been a work in progress for a long time - as time and money permitted. It spent 6 years down in "sydney opera house" style with some pallets to stop it collapsing further.... which was really good in terms of self washing floors every time it rained but not good for much else.



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I had every builder in like 100 mile here buying lumber at some point or other and looked at it and none of them knew where to start so it was either knock it down or do it ourselves. Now I'm not a builder.... but pallets, forklifts, dogs and chains and ratchet straps : I got general freighters covered.


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I can now say that officially - it's nearly twice as strong as the original design. We do not wish to do this again in a hurry.


*No OH&S guys were consulted in the making of this post :D
Nice job! Thoughtful patient approach get's it done! Now a big sale on pallets coming up.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 25, 2021, 01:15:10 PM
   We were setting up a big circus style tent for employee billeting in Baghram Afghaniland and had a heavy snowfall that did the same thing to it. The only thing that kept it up was we had started staging the furniture and had a long row of 6' tall wardrobes along the outer walls on both sides and they held it up. Once occupied and the heat was on in the tents the snow would just melt off as quickly as it would fall. A contractor convinced the USAF foam insulation would be a great addition so they foamed a bunch about 2" thick. They ruined a bunch of A/Cs because they did not seal the vent fans and they got clogged and the next time it snowed the well insulated tents collapsed under the weight because it could not melt as per our original design. We finally had to tear all the foam off and ship it off the base because it was hazardous waste that we could not bury or burn.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 26, 2021, 04:55:28 PM
Got in some new bands to add to the supply
Silvertips 7/39 ◊ .055 I have lots of big logs coming up with wide cuts.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on January 26, 2021, 09:46:34 PM

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Finding good help anymore is really hard.  This one is on the small side but he has a big heart and doesn't eat much! :D

Got about 2,000 foot of yard tree walnut to work through than 1,000 board foot of really nice cherry logs.  Couple of the big walnut logs get live edge slabbed but the rest is all grade sawing.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 26, 2021, 09:57:19 PM
Good looking help but I think Magicman might beg to differ from some of his past help 😂
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 26, 2021, 10:12:51 PM
    Yeah but Miz pat might vote for the pooch. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on January 27, 2021, 04:05:05 AM
He's wondering why there's no log on the mill.  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Raym on January 27, 2021, 05:16:45 AM
After my portable sawing job last week, I am going to try and figure out how to do more of these.

One problem I have is keeping the lubemizer jets clean. They seem to always get clogged and isn't an issue when I'm sawing here because I just take them out and blow them out with compressed air.

Wasn't an option at customers site so I removed the jets and drilled them out to 5/64 (smallest bit I had). Will see how that does.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DWyatt on January 27, 2021, 08:45:36 AM
Fun weekend with Dad sawing some 2 1/2" beech slabs from some large "logs" for a customer and 3 poplar logs into 1x material for us. I didn't do a final tally of the poplar, but they made a lot of lumber. 2 of the logs could have been veneer quality and one was just a normal lumber log. Note the chunk of Beech that didn't get sawed in the background of the poplar picture ::) He said they were logs ::) I said hourly rate. The one poplar was the biggest log I have had on the mill and it was a pain in the butt. 12' long 28" small end and 38" large end, but it made some purdy lumber. I have 4 more poplar logs to pick up next weekend, having a neighbor who's a logger is convenient.


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A little late, but Dad just sent me a picture of the huge poplar log loaded on the mill that I mentioned in my previous post. This is the biggest log I've milled to date, I don't wish to repeat it soon :D Except I have 2 @8' long that are this big that still need milled

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 27, 2021, 04:44:06 PM
My debarker swing motor shaft came in last night. 
Got it put in the motor this afternoon. Just need to put things back together at the mill.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 27, 2021, 08:47:43 PM
 :) I got a new circular saw blade in today :). 


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  ;D But itís not your standard issue 7 1/4Ē circular saw blade ;D. 


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Itís a little bigger. :D :D


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 27, 2021, 10:14:46 PM
Been sawing SYP 2x6s for my log supplier.  1336 board feet.
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Also cut my first 6x16 door header beam for my sawmill shed.  The oddest thing happened while cutting it.  I put on a new blade for this log.  I had cut two sides flat and was fixing to cut the third side, when I heard a bang as the blade broke.  I wasn't in the cut.  The blade was nowhere near anything and just bang, it broke right near a tip.  Anyone else experienced this?
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The driver for my log supplier asked for some pickets.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on January 27, 2021, 10:55:46 PM


Also cut my first 6x16 door header beam for my sawmill shed.  The oddest thing happened while cutting it.  I put on a new blade for this log.  I had cut two sides flat and was fixing to cut the third side, when I heard a bang as the blade broke.  I wasn't in the cut.  The blade was nowhere near anything and just bang, it broke right near a tip.  Anyone else experienced this?
New blade breaking after two cuts....I bet it was the weld.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 27, 2021, 11:07:29 PM


Also cut my first 6x16 door header beam for my sawmill shed.  The oddest thing happened while cutting it.  I put on a new blade for this log.  I had cut two sides flat and was fixing to cut the third side, when I heard a bang as the blade broke.  I wasn't in the cut.  The blade was nowhere near anything and just bang, it broke right near a tip.  Anyone else experienced this?
New blade breaking after two cuts....I bet it was the weld.
That is what I thought too.  Until I had it in my hands and saw that it broke about 1/8th inch from a sharp tip.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on January 28, 2021, 01:49:11 AM
Strange place for a blade to break. I have broke a few but pretty much catch them all before they go now. After a couple breaks itís noticeable in the cut as the sound it has. Tsk tsk tsk as it moves laterally back and forth at the crack. Easy to see as the blade is stopped at end of cut also. But every once in a while it gets ta.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on January 28, 2021, 07:23:43 AM
Yes it happens, if that's a WM band they may come good for it assuming there is no sign of damage.  They do cover weld breaks if the band is rather new. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Haleiwa on January 28, 2021, 09:03:23 AM
After my portable sawing job last week, I am going to try and figure out how to do more of these.

One problem I have is keeping the lubemizer jets clean. They seem to always get clogged and isn't an issue when I'm sawing here because I just take them out and blow them out with compressed air.

Wasn't an option at customers site so I removed the jets and drilled them out to 5/64 (smallest bit I had). Will see how that does.


Get yourself a compressed air tank from NAPA or similar place, the kind that holds about five gallon,  or enough to pump a car tire.  Fill it up and take it with you.   It will hold enough to blow out the nozzle several times. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 28, 2021, 10:41:18 AM
Yes it happens, if that's a WM band they may come good for it assuming there is no sign of damage.  They do cover weld breaks if the band is rather new.
I am planning on sending the broken ends to them.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 28, 2021, 03:04:53 PM
I milled some 30" diameter but only 36" - 56" lengths of walnut this morning.  A friend brought them to me the day before my engine quit last month.  So I got around to sawing them today.  We had a few inches of snow the other day and these logs had snow on them.  I did a less than thorough job of cleaning the snow off and hit a white rock from my driveway.  Dang it.  That should have been avoided.  Made some really nice, if short, 8/4 slabs as wide as 25".  He had gotten these logs for free, but could only load them on his trailer in short chunks.  He's a friend from elementary school and I guess I will keep some of the slabs and deduct an hour from the charge.  There's gonna be a lot of slabs.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on January 28, 2021, 07:01:32 PM
 
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I sawed mostly ERC today along with a bit of Red Oak, Cypress, and SYP.

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A couple of the ERC logs had "character".

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But they still turned out some purdy stuff.

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That brown line is a shadow from an above limb.

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And da log dawg was in charge of this trailer load.  The total yield was 1002 bf.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 28, 2021, 07:23:08 PM
Lynn,

   Pretty wood. I am glad the dog approves. You can just send that load on up here. My last customer came by and bought a few walnut boards and I had to move my entire stack looking through it for him. He is a repeat customer and makes crematorium boxes for our local funeral home so short pieces work fine. He wanted cedar  too but I don't have any and checked with a neighbor who had some a year or so back and asked me if I knew of anybody looking but he has since used it up. He said he has a few trees and may have me saw them in a while.

   I think while I have my walnut down I will just put it on the RAS and table saw and clean it up in short pieces and remove the sapwood. I figure it may move then. We will see.

   I have 2 firm orders to do as soon as the 6" of snow we got last night clears out. I need to resaw a few boards tomorrow for a repeat customer who wants them planed. I don't normally plane them but only about 60 bf or so. I have to rip them to fit my planer and they are 18-22 inches wide. I'll make them up to fit 20" shelves.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 28, 2021, 08:07:59 PM
Been sawing SYP 2x6s for my log supplier.  1336 board feet.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/1-27-21_Jose_2x6s.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1611802958)
 

Also cut my first 6x16 door header beam for my sawmill shed.  The oddest thing happened while cutting it.  I put on a new blade for this log.  I had cut two sides flat and was fixing to cut the third side, when I heard a bang as the blade broke.  I wasn't in the cut.  The blade was nowhere near anything and just bang, it broke right near a tip.  Anyone else experienced this?
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/1-27-21_6x16_Beam.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1611803221)
 

The driver for my log supplier asked for some pickets.
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hugs,  Brandi
Nice looking lumber Brandi.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on January 28, 2021, 08:22:04 PM

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I sawed mostly ERC today along with a bit of Red Oak, Cypress, and SYP.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/9EB71B36-E0A2-46EC-94CF-998B0ECC4AAC.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1611877047)
 
A couple of the ERC logs had "character".

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But they still turned out some purdy stuff.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/0DB46A11-39D3-42B0-93D0-514E3F7077C7.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1611877116)

That brown line is a shadow from an above limb.

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And da log dawg was in charge of this trailer load.  The total yield was 1002 bf.
Lynn ya gotta love days spent sawing cedar. I have a small but crazy whack of 25í - 32í ERC logs to do myself. But some of em got some serious heart rot in the butt log.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on January 28, 2021, 10:15:53 PM
After my portable sawing job last week, I am going to try and figure out how to do more of these.

One problem I have is keeping the lubemizer jets clean. They seem to always get clogged and isn't an issue when I'm sawing here because I just take them out and blow them out with compressed air.

Wasn't an option at customers site so I removed the jets and drilled them out to 5/64 (smallest bit I had). Will see how that does.


Get yourself a compressed air tank from NAPA or similar place, the kind that holds about five gallon,  or enough to pump a car tire.  Fill it up and take it with you.   It will hold enough to blow out the nozzle several times.
X2 on the air tank.  Hopefully you have better luck with the hole than I had.  Did the same thing for the same reason, ended up buying replacement jets as the new hole didn't give me a good spray pattern.  
What are you using for a mixture in your lube tank?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on January 28, 2021, 11:12:07 PM
Been sawing SYP 2x6s for my log supplier.  1336 board feet.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/1-27-21_Jose_2x6s.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1611802958)
 

Also cut my first 6x16 door header beam for my sawmill shed.  The oddest thing happened while cutting it.  I put on a new blade for this log.  I had cut two sides flat and was fixing to cut the third side, when I heard a bang as the blade broke.  I wasn't in the cut.  The blade was nowhere near anything and just bang, it broke right near a tip.  Anyone else experienced this?
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/1-27-21_6x16_Beam.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1611803221)
 

The driver for my log supplier asked for some pickets.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/1-19-21_Fence_Pickets.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1611803665)
 
hugs,  Brandi
Nice looking lumber Brandi.
Thanks Don!
     hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Raym on January 29, 2021, 04:00:13 AM
X2 on the air tank.  Hopefully you have better luck with the hole than I had.  Did the same thing for the same reason, ended up buying replacement jets as the new hole didn't give me a good spray pattern.  
What are you using for a mixture in your lube tank?
I've been using straight washer fluid with a couple of glugs of dawn....Only had issues one time with some large fresh SYP and even those weren't too bad.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 29, 2021, 05:17:08 PM
   I did 2 pre-site visits today to help the customer figure where to set up for sawing. The first was an Aussie couple at the end of nowhere bordering a local wildlife management area and overlooking the New River about where I end my fishing and wife's photo trips when we come up that way. He had a bunch of really small logs but they won't take a lot of effort to saw and he has a friend who will be bringing some more. My next client was only a few miles down the road and a lady from Utah (I can't remember anyone I ever met from Utah) who wants max length logs (I suggested 20'9" and make sure they are sawed with the ends square) sawed 6" thick for a log cabin extension to their current home. Logs look to be about 12-14 inches SED and left live edge. They plan to use them in June and invited me to the workshop. She said the flat surfaces will be the inner and outer walls and they will alternate the logs head to toe and notch them to connect. It sounds real interesting and I will plan to attend situation permitting. It looks like 2-3 cuts, flip, repeat, move the finished log and do the next one. Looks like I might get 2-3 4/4 boards off each log. I figured we will spend more time loading and handling than sawing.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on January 29, 2021, 05:57:14 PM
I've never heard of cutting flat sides for in and out and stacking the live edges.  That seems like a lot of work to hide the natural edges and only get to see the flat sides.  I guess it still maximizes the height of the log stack and you get to use the side wood to make some boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 29, 2021, 07:29:04 PM
FFOTS,

   Its a new one to me but actually the log barn in my avatar is built like that. You can see some of it here in the pix below I took during some flooding problems we had a couple years ago.

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 This was a 2 story barn that collapsed due to rot at the base on the uphill side. My son and his buddy dismantled and rebuilt it as a single story on my lot over 25 years ago when he was about 16. They did a good job for a couple of teens. He chinked it some with cement and great foam but when originally built there was no chinking. I'd guess this barn is well over 100 years old. The logs were hewn with an adze - not sawed.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on January 29, 2021, 07:48:47 PM
Quite a few, maybe most - were built that way around Va, WVa, NC, parts of Ohio. Donít know why that style log was predominant. Maybe Don P has some insight on that. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 29, 2021, 07:54:13 PM
   It took a pretty fair timber framer to cut those notches like that. I am looking forward to going to the workshop and may see if the customer is interested in having our local weekly paper come watch. She said they already have people from several states away coming to watch and learn. 

   I have seen other old barns like that around here. Some had chinking but barns and such often did not. Lots had a board nailed across the gap to keep the air out.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on January 29, 2021, 08:33:57 PM
How close are you to Hot Springs?  Thatís where Barnwood Builders are located. They specialize in taking down and restoring old cabins like that. Timberframes also. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 29, 2021, 09:16:54 PM
   I don't know anything about Hot Springs. I am thinking they are located around Lewisburg WV about 40 miles from here. Seems like we drive past their laydown yard over there.

   I sawed for a Doctor less than 20 miles from here (Actually I was showing him how to operate his LT50 - sweet machine - that he bought but did not know how to use.) who lived in a home the Bowe crew had built. He took me on a tour inside. They did some first class work. They also built a cabin on an island here in the New River less than 5 miles from me. 

   My wife's first cousin is married to a Bowe who is a cousin to them. He was from Charleston WV and they live up near Akron now.

   I am not into timber framing but would like to see them using wood I sawed for that purpose.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on January 29, 2021, 10:02:47 PM
Got my springs mixed up. White Sulfur Springs not Hot Springs. Hot Springs is in VA. Too many spring towns around there for me to keep straight. 

In any event, they are a talented group of people. Like to see some of their work first hand. 

Sounds like youíre going to get to saw some material for that style cabin. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on January 30, 2021, 12:27:52 AM
These are some clear walnut slabs we milled, and after a year of air drying, kiln drying and finish planing dead flat with our new planer, we put them out for sale yesterday and they are selling very fast, probably 1/3rd sold today, and hopefully as many more tomorrow.

They range to over $500 each.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 30, 2021, 04:26:38 AM
These are some clear walnut slabs we milled, and after a year of air drying, kiln drying and finish planing dead flat with our new planer, we put them out for sale yesterday and they are selling very fast, probably 1/3rd sold today, and hopefully as many more tomorrow.

They range to over $500 each.


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Looks great. I bet you really like your new planer. Great video with your new dust collection system for it. How long and wide are the slabs
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on January 30, 2021, 09:15:58 AM
@YellowHammer (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=11488) the walnut is beautiful.  also given the parka like outerwear, must be way down in the 60s in Al...  
  :snowball: :snowfight1:
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on January 30, 2021, 09:38:59 AM
Thanks, thatís the wood we like to sell here at Hobby Hardwood and we get lucky sometimes.  The biggest problem is always having packs of 8/4 walnut waiting in the wings, ready to sell, so Iím having to sawmill and stockpile walnut a year or so in advance.  We sell about a pallet of live edge walnut every couple weeks, more or less,  Since we have 35 different species and cuts, and a good percentage of that in 8/4 live edge, which is slow to dry, then Iím always trying to predict and mill for next year.  It also ties up a lot of money, just sitting around air drying.  4/4 boards are another situation as I can cycle them much faster.    

The walnut widths range up to 28 inches, but our planer can only do 25Ē so we just have to sell some as is.

It is cold here, 27 degrees yesterday morning, sleet the day before.  The vest my wife is wearing is heated and battery operated, she loves it.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on January 30, 2021, 12:01:34 PM
YH 
Beautiful walnut.
Your customers look bundled up.
It's cold in NH the wind chill -10į to -25į
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on January 30, 2021, 12:09:28 PM
That Polar Vortex thingy was getting tiresome for us up here in the Central Plains.
So, we sent it down the line - enjoy the crisp fresh air y'all!  ;) 
.
@YellowHammer (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=11488)  Teea sends her greetings and some advice - Martha: keep a spare battery charged.  ;D 
Good looking lumber, Goin' to have a look at your planer and dust collector on YTube.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on January 30, 2021, 04:35:20 PM
It was sleeting this morning, thatís too cold for my blood.  If itís less than 50F Iíd rather watch ďSwamp LoggersĒ on TV.

Iíd just run inside at the temps you guys work in.    

Iíll tell Martha about the battery.  She loves the vest.

Weíve got the dust collector working and just finished the last video on it.  Hopefully we will upload the last video next week.  

I was going to start a thread on the system but was too busy installing it.  We went all in with an Oneida Industrial/Professional series with Air Lock and full stainless Duct Incorporated Snap Lock pipe.    


Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on January 30, 2021, 04:41:40 PM
I did notice the pipe in the video and it looks really nice! The whole system looks first class 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on January 30, 2021, 06:25:03 PM
    We have been getting snow and temps in the 20's to high teens at night and barely up to freezing in the day with 3-5 inches more snow coming tomorrow. I had a customer call wanting some (4) 20" wide boards 10' long for some shelves at their shop. The I had some nice ash to fill the bill then he said he wanted it planed. I don't normally do planing other an occasional small board or two or one face to show what the wood will look like. I only have a little Porter Cable portable lunchbox planer and it will only plane a 12" board so he agreed random widths to make a 20" width was okay. I reluctantly agreed as these guys have been good business and bought nearly all my tomato stakes last summer. I normally sell my rough ash for $1/bf so I doubled the price for planing. I should have refused and/or charged much more. I had to resaw a couple of boards to get the widths needed (8" & 12") and the wood was real pretty but not something I plan to do again. The first thing I had to do was to bolt down my planer which I never had to do before. There wasn't really anything unexpected just more work and not something I enjoy doing. I don't regret and will just write it off as a cost neutral learning experience. I'll try to deliver them 5 miles away tomorrow before the snow hits.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on January 30, 2021, 08:23:38 PM
Thanks, thatís the wood we like to sell here at Hobby Hardwood and we get lucky sometimes.  The biggest problem is always having packs of 8/4 walnut waiting in the wings, ready to sell, so Iím having to sawmill and stockpile walnut a year or so in advance.  We sell about a pallet of live edge walnut every couple weeks, more or less,  Since we have 35 different species and cuts, and a good percentage of that in 8/4 live edge, which is slow to dry, then Iím always trying to predict and mill for next year.  It also ties up a lot of money, just sitting around air drying.  4/4 boards are another situation as I can cycle them much faster.    

The walnut widths range up to 28 inches, but our planer can only do 25Ē so we just have to sell some as is.

It is cold here, 27 degrees yesterday morning, sleet the day before.  The vest my wife is wearing is heated and battery operated, she loves it.  
Sounds like the story of my life.... jackets when it hits 70į, and the market prediction / cash tied up in stock / gotta have everything so you've got something coming through... stuff as well.

Back when I was doing mostly the specialty & cabinet/joinery timber stuff it was always a feast or famine environment.... small sales to keep it going (but barely) and we used to get these occasional big orders for architectural type jobs that would suck a lot of timber out the door and then the tax man would be there with his hand out, I'd be rich for a week then start buying logs and around we would go again.
Came the day when I was sitting on about half million dollars worth of sawn stock and scratching in the ashtray of my truck to buy a loaf of bread, and I swung into the wholesale framing stuff instead.

And swung too far, because it's that kind of game.

And I'm struggling with it again now: I'm trying to get back to a balance of enough framing for cashflow and the specialty products for profit and i need to saw them this year for next year like you do... but keep getting these opportunities thrown at me with big dollars, big volumes, and low margins attached that just tie up my gear on cashflow work and mean I dont have the capacity to do the low volume/high margin stuff as well.

I am currently being reminded that to do production volumes at production margins you need to have production equipment - and 10 guys to show up to work every day. I've learnt the hard way once before about the "cant produce without production equipment" dilemma and.... here I am learning it again because I'm dumb that way.

What would have been a jump all over it opportunity at 40 looks like a millstone around my neck at 50. Won't be stopping sawing until I die (probably in the mill) but.... I dont want the headaches that come with it. But there is sure some attraction in that regular work also.

Eeeni meeney miney fish. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 30, 2021, 09:01:28 PM
John and I got some good longleaf pine logs a few months ago.  Yesterday a guy called and needed a bunch of 14" wide boards and was not able to find any locally.  We were able to saw nearly 40, 14" wide boards out of a couple of logs we had on hand.  The butt log was the best pine log we have ever sawn.  We used a new 7į, 1.5" Kasco and a little diesel drip.  These two logs had about 15" of heart pine and cut laser flat at a moderate sawing speed.  We sticker stacked them closer than we normally do for pine but we want these to stay flat.
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The short stack behind John is from the two logs we sawed this morning.  We flat stacked a bunch of 1x on top for weight and storage.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: moodnacreek on January 30, 2021, 09:12:59 PM
I have to keep the 2" live edge walnut hidden. Right now I have about 1500 on sticks. If I stock the walnut shelf with that nothing else [in 2" live] will sell. Just got half a truck load but that's 1 1/2 year out. Thinking about doing 6/4 to dry faster. If i was to advertise this little operation would explode.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on January 30, 2021, 11:10:47 PM
Caveman - thats some great stacks and a good looking mill yard.
It all looks like it came straight out of a Woodmizer best practices manual.
:P
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on January 31, 2021, 06:03:04 AM
 
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20 tonne of feedstock block stacked and staged across the yard to load Friday afternoon

Tomorrow I guess we get to start all over again...   :-\
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on January 31, 2021, 07:09:11 AM
Caveman - thats some great stacks and a good looking mill yard.
It all looks like it came straight out of a Woodmizer best practices manual.
:P
Thank you, Andries.  We sawed a bunch of 1x6's last year but the place that I was planning on having pressure treat them does not treat for anyone but themselves now.  They were flat stacked yesterday and hopefully we'll start selling them.  We did use them to provide weight on top of what we sawed in the morning.
We had a great day to work outside.  It started off cool and by mid-afternoon the temp was in the mid 70's.
Good looking packs of lumber, Longtime Lurker.  I appreciate the color and hardness of the lot of the wood you saw.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on January 31, 2021, 07:55:23 AM
That is doing it right, Kyle, and the customers will know that, too.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 01, 2021, 05:34:30 PM
I have a large rustic pine order still going. Doing other small orders with it. Picking up a new order almost every day.
The rustic pine order the customer wants odd rustic 1x8.
Today I had some dead standing pine one of the treats the tree guys leave me  :D.
I was surprised it looked so good but took lots of blade lube. Sawed this stuff with a silvertip .055 7/39 t .
Cut nice and flat. I was surprised how much pitch was inside for dead standing trees. 
Was -5į this morning and 10 to 18" of snow on the way. I'm ready for it this time. The plows on Henry and the buckets on Big Bob.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on February 01, 2021, 08:09:04 PM
A little blizzard sawing today. Cutting timbers for a horse barn.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on February 01, 2021, 08:33:19 PM
Just walnut and more walnut.  Last night I had a guy drive 60 miles so I could saw his one little walnut log into a mantle.  He wanted a mantle with all heartwood 9-1/2" wide.  I whittled it down to all heartwood 8" wide.  I'm glad he was standing right beside me calling the shots!  I even got a tip. 

Today I sawed good walnut logs into boring 8/4, 7/4, and 6/4 grade lumber.

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Than I sawed junk walnut logs into high dollar slabs. :)

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on February 01, 2021, 08:55:57 PM
Looks awesome Larry
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on February 01, 2021, 11:00:34 PM
A little blizzard sawing today. Cutting timbers for a horse barn.
Dave: The photo shows a frosted accuset screen and an extra battery under the hydraulic box. Some of the antifreeze from the lubemizer on a cloth will help you see the screen, but I wondered if you need the extra battery as a jumper for that cold diesel ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on February 01, 2021, 11:07:53 PM
The screen is fine, just covered in snow. It was coming down faster than it looks in the pic. Extra battery is for unclamping when the head is at the other end of the mill. Battery is new, and it started great, even at 20*F.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on February 02, 2021, 06:23:39 AM
Gotcha, thanks for that.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 02, 2021, 09:31:59 AM
The screen is fine, just covered in snow. It was coming down faster than it looks in the pic. Extra battery is for unclamping when the head is at the other end of the mill. Battery is new, and it started great, even at 20*F.
Dave 
How's the extra battery hooked up ?
I'm interested in it.
Thanks Bruno
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on February 02, 2021, 09:34:06 AM
Extra battery is for unclamping when the head is at the other end of the mill. 
When I get into trouble on the far end, I hook up jumper cables from the truck battery or riding mower to power the hydraulics.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on February 02, 2021, 09:50:26 AM
I always carry a battery "jump box" in my truck.  It's an older version of this which also has an air compressor:  LINK (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-Professional-Power-Station-1400-Peak-700-Instant-Amp-500-Watt-Inverter-120-PSI-Air-Compressor-PPRH7DS/306231998). It's a simple matter to clip it to the power strip.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on February 02, 2021, 10:23:13 AM
I ran cables up into the battery box and attached to the appropriate ground and power lugs. The connections at the battery are wing  nuts, so I can quickly unhook when I'm done. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 02, 2021, 07:49:02 PM
I picked up this walnut log today.  It strained my log loader the most i've seen.  Calculator said it should have weighed about 2,000 lbs.  It's 12' long and about 22" diameter.  I think I will be cutting it either in half or as an 8 and a 4 for the mill.  I'm leaning toward the latter.  The 4' piece would have a bunch of crotch figure in it.



 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on February 02, 2021, 08:47:51 PM
Extra battery is for unclamping when the head is at the other end of the mill.
When I get into trouble on the far end, I hook up jumper cables from the truck battery or riding mower to power the hydraulics.
I donít understand, why do you need the extra battery when the cutting head is at the other end of the mill?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on February 02, 2021, 10:15:36 PM
I had an eventful afternoon.  53 mile road trip and the (repeat) customer could not be at the sawing location until 12:00 so I left home at 11:00.  


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One of my tailgunners was waiting.

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Five 6' ERC logs and two 8' Pecan logs.

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Yes, the largest Pecan log had a 40" butt.  Thankfully I was able to hang part of it out of the cantilever and saw it without any chainsaw Bibbying.

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ERC and the ends of some Pecan slabs on the left.

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My customer on the right watches as the two tailgunners wait for me to adjust the log with a Magic Hook and the sawmill log clamp.  The stump seen just above the Logrite Cant hook on the right might be familiar so some.

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The above 3 pictures taken in November, 2018, give a closer look.  :D

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Mostly 1" lumber from the butt log and 2" & 3" slabs from the second log.  The remainder of the first log is seen beyond the sawmill and was abandoned after the second nail strike.

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It was a productive (hourly rate) afternoon and the customer tipped me $20.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on February 03, 2021, 12:22:59 AM
Extra battery is for unclamping when the head is at the other end of the mill.
When I get into trouble on the far end, I hook up jumper cables from the truck battery or riding mower to power the hydraulics.
I donít understand, why do you need the extra battery when the cutting head is at the other end of the mill?
You don't have hydraulics unless the carriage is on the power strip, which is about five feet long at the head end of the  mill. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on February 03, 2021, 01:45:45 PM
My Thursday's customer LINK (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=113386.msg1790701#msg1790701) called me this morning.  "I have something for you that I made out of the cedar that you sawed". 

We met at the hardware store....

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A neat ERC platter for PatD.

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I sawed it on the 28th.

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And he made it yesterday.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on February 03, 2021, 02:31:53 PM
MM,

   Awful purty platter. I hope Miz Pat enjoys it. We'll expect to see it soon with some BBQ or grilled redfish on it for accent.

    Still too cold and miserable up here to saw. We have about 3" of crusty melted down snow on the ground. I charged my cell phone and took my WM manual, and toolbox out to the mill to see if I could figure out the gremlin that got hold of my debarker which had quit working recently. I waited till after lunch so I could call the WM gurus for troubleshooting help if needed. I shook most of the snow off the cover and removed it, put the key in and turned it on and set the speed control to full stop and locked the power feed toggle in forward position, then wiggled the wires in the control box with the breaker. I had already checked the connections to the motor last time I was out there and they looked good. When I wiggled the right wire the debarker blade started spinning so I had narrowed it down to something in the box. I removed the plate and it was obvious immediately. The little wire to the solenoid had broken at the ring connector. I looked but did not have that size connector so I stripped the wire about 3/4" and wrapped it around the solenoid post and tightened the nut back in place. It works fine now and I'll pick up some more ring connectors the next time I go to town and make a proper fix instead of a temporary patch.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 03, 2021, 05:44:09 PM
I sawed more short walnut chunks today.  One of them must have had barbed wire in it.  I hit something and removed it and then scanned the log and found more metal.  I chiseled down to find it, but it just kept going down into the log.

I also stacked some sassafras that I milled a while ago, but never got around to stacking properly.  I like the winter when it doesn't mold if I don't stack and sticker right away.  I wish you could smell the pictures, because the odor is amazing.  

I'm gonna mill a bunch of ERC tomorrow.  I picked up about 20 logs for $20 a few weeks ago.  I will probably saw it all into 1x6, except for a few 2x6 that I need to replace some stair treads going off of my deck into the backyard.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Clark on February 03, 2021, 10:40:09 PM
Magicman- It took me a bit to make the connection between those different sets of photos. Several minutes were spent wondering what in the world they did when they tried to drop the tree. Felling by the learn-as-you-go method?

Clark
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on February 03, 2021, 10:54:53 PM
Yup, same customer, same location, and that stump is still there.  :D  The funny thing was that the tree fell toward the "smile".  Well maybe funny or maybe not but at least no one was killed.  The stump is visible with Google Earth.  :o
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Greyhound on February 03, 2021, 10:59:15 PM
Working up a whack of tulip poplar.  Still have a 36" DBH tree to drop, buck, and skid to this pile.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 04, 2021, 07:17:29 AM
Delivered these to a friend that deals with stave logs. 
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The bigger 12 footer in the middle went to the trailer decking pile, but the other 3 got me $500! 
Not bad for free logs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on February 05, 2021, 01:12:29 PM
I milled a 30 inch 20 foot long SYP.  Yesterday.  I was cutting a 6x16 beam for a door header, but left it at 7x17 until for now.  It also gave me 3 full dimension 2x12s and 3 nominal sized 2x12s.
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I had to bibby it also.
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hugs,  Brandi
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Post by: doc henderson on February 05, 2021, 03:35:17 PM
nicely done, well stacked and organized.  you should be an aeronautical mechanic!  good skills cross over.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 05, 2021, 04:14:21 PM
Sawing rustic white pine again. I had to pull a guy off firewood today to get some stuff out quicker today.
It's snowed most of the day just enough to make it fun  :D
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 05, 2021, 04:59:54 PM
I'd enjoy sawing in the snow.  Might get that chance this coming week, if its not too cold.  I'll say too cold is less than 15.  That might mean a late start to sawing in the morning.  I have some ERC to saw and an order for some white oak 1x6.  Not a ton, but I'd sure like to get it done.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on February 05, 2021, 06:05:57 PM
FFOTS, yeah, um sure, c'mon up and play on my mill. It'll be fun!


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 But first, you have to find it. ;D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on February 05, 2021, 10:25:06 PM
Our forecast says single digit highs and subzero lows all next week for me. The saw is going to stay parked at home.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 05, 2021, 10:28:43 PM
Everything was going along just fine, and then............from the right side to the left side, something changed :D. 


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on February 05, 2021, 10:39:07 PM
Nailed it.  It looks like your blade kept cutting flat with a tooth out of set.  Blades are the best metal detectors.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on February 05, 2021, 10:40:28 PM
Danny, when you run that thru the planer the lines will run the other way :D :D ;D.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 05, 2021, 10:43:25 PM
 :D :D Exactly!  You can use a bandsaw blade as a metal detector, but never a planer :). 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 05, 2021, 11:18:52 PM
From right to left and from the nail on down.  Lol.

Don't think I wouldn't enjoy it OG.  I didn't get to go skiing this year, I am really needing some snow in my life.  Supposed to get 2" tomorrow.  Of course I'm at work...the only time I don't really enjoy snow.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 06, 2021, 06:14:15 AM
:D :D Exactly!  You can use a bandsaw blade as a metal detector, but never a planer :).
My blades will even help lower backstops and loosen clamps! 🤣
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on February 06, 2021, 06:36:37 AM
Everything was going along just fine, and then............from the right side to the left side, something changed :D.  


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Danny,
I find this pic fascinating, as it teaches me a little bit about "Speeds & Feeds". As most of you know, I don't (yet) own a sawmill- I use a CSM. Your pic tells me that (not sure how wide the piece is, but assuming it's in the 6" range) the band makes one full revolution for every ~3/4" of travel... That is humming right along. My CSM wouldn't surprise me to find the same tooth on the 32" bar making contact with the piece about every 1/8". So I can complete my calculations, how wide was your work piece- and was it Softwood or Hardwood?
DanG, I've got to get me a Bandsaw Mill!
Thanks.
Steve
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on February 06, 2021, 06:48:43 AM
 
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Playing truck drivers because neither of my haulage contractors likes dealing with them at that size.... about 9 tonne in the head end of the log and when you start shunting them over the side with a dozer its hard on the gear and things get broken. 20' x 50"... 2645 BF Doyle... butt log will go somewhere up around the 4000 BF mark.

They'll bring the weekly average back up anyway.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: nativewolf on February 06, 2021, 07:10:55 AM
Great log LL!  Question why leave them so long?  Is that being sawn for grade lumber or is it one of those tough to process Aussi Eucs that is better off as a rough long lumber?  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 06, 2021, 07:27:33 AM
Olcow,

The board is about 12Ē wide.  The wood is older, natural southern yellow pine. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: nativewolf on February 06, 2021, 07:30:29 AM

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Playing truck drivers because neither of my haulage contractors likes dealing with them at that size.... about 9 tonne in the head end of the log and when you start shunting them over the side with a dozer its hard on the gear and things get broken. 20' x 50"... 2645 BF Doyle... butt log will go somewhere up around the 4000 BF mark.

They'll bring the weekly average back up anyway.
Is that a Hino or ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on February 06, 2021, 10:40:33 AM
Talk about a double edged sword, we hate to find nails in the wood we saw, but use nails to secure the wood we saw 🤔
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 06, 2021, 02:17:47 PM
 
Some big white oak logs that we are going to send off to get slabbed. The big one on my right will probably get quartersawn.(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/59254/084F25FE-5CA7-403F-BF4B-852A449B32FD.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1612636713)
 For size reference, Iím 6í3Ē tall. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 06, 2021, 08:15:17 PM
DanG!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on February 06, 2021, 11:08:36 PM
Great log LL!  Question why leave them so long?  Is that being sawn for grade lumber or is it one of those tough to process Aussi Eucs that is better off as a rough long lumber?  
Neah I had an order for 20' gunbarrel straight 4 x 4's. Whole lot easier when you're carving them out of big stable old growth logs... no need to oversaw and edge just carve them off and feed them into the moulder the right way and they came out about as straight as you'd ever get over that length.

My truck is an ACCO... "day cab" International COE, about the same half bunk area as a Hino. It does a job I guess, really only there for my convenience.... deliveries, pick up short loads of logs, shift my own skidder around etc etc. Need to put a crane back on it by rights but truth is I've either got to upgrade to more axles or get away from trucks altogether. It's really convenient but it's expensive convenience too.

Whole heap of thoughts there about carts and horses and the need to upgrade the mill capacity rather than the support equipment but without better support equipment then more mill is futile, and capital outlay vs returns, time costs, core business vs essential support services and where you draw lines around vertical integration and... and... and. Thats a whole topic by itself yeah?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Greyhound on February 08, 2021, 07:42:09 PM
DanG!
Awesome!!!  I love white oak, especially quarter sawing the big clear ones!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 08, 2021, 08:12:43 PM
Another 500í of cedar going out in the morning.  
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I started sawing cedar when I bought my first mill because it was easy to saw. Itís turning into a pretty good money maker now. Iím averaging 2000í a month. I was just buying 1000í of logs at a time, but I bought my first tractor trailer load this week. It sells as fast as I can get it off the mill. Yellow pine is selling good right now too.  Just not enough hours in a day to get it all done!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on February 08, 2021, 08:18:41 PM
Any idea what that ERC is being used for?  Was there a lot of demand for it before you started supplying it or did the demand develop because you made it available. Just curious Ďcause it seems like a lot of demand for green rough sawn erc and it sounds like youíre the main source. Good for you no matter what. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 08, 2021, 08:31:19 PM
This load is going to a customer who builds raised bed gardens and greenhouses out of it. He sells and installs them in higher end neighborhoods in and around Charlotte NC. He is by far my biggest customer. He buys 1000í+ every month. He had a couple other suppliers, but now buys exclusively from me. The rest is in smaller size orders but the demand seems to be steady right now. I think I got lucky and started offering a product that people want but not many mills supply. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 08, 2021, 08:37:35 PM
I haven't cut a lot of cedar, but I may start if I can keep up a supply of logs.  I bought 13 logs a few weeks ago with the intent to cut them and sell them.  I sold the first load as soon as I posted it.  Today i cut the rest of the logs and messaged a guy who wanted my first load, but was too late.  He wants to come and get it all tomorrow.  It may not be high priced like walnut, but it sure seems to sell fast.  My problem with milling it is all the slab waste.  Can't give it to may parents as firewood, so I will have to spend time burning it.  Maybe there is someone out there who wants the stuff though.

Milling this morning was not without its trials.  Lube jug was frozen, so I put another one up there.  Still had ice somewhere in the line.  Finally I just started milling with the valve open and within a few minutes it started flowing.  I was using a mix of water and RV anitfreeze, because thats what I had.  When done today I brought the jugs into the garage.  Then as usual, I hit a nail on the last log.  At least it was snowing a little to add to the ambiance. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 08, 2021, 08:43:50 PM
I haven't cut a lot of cedar, but I may start if I can keep up a supply of logs.  I bought 13 logs a few weeks ago with the intent to cut them and sell them.  I sold the first load as soon as I posted it.  Today i cut the rest of the logs and messaged a guy who wanted my first load, but was too late.  He wants to come and get it all tomorrow.  It may not be high priced like walnut, but it sure seems to sell fast.  My problem with milling it is all the slab waste.  Can't give it to may parents as firewood, so I will have to spend time burning it.  Maybe there is someone out there who wants the stuff though.

Milling this morning was not without its trials.  Lube jug was frozen, so I put another one up there.  Still had ice somewhere in the line.  Finally I just started milling with the valve open and within a few minutes it started flowing.  I was using a mix of water and RV anitfreeze, because thats what I had.  When done today I brought the jugs into the garage.  Then as usual, I hit a nail on the last log.  At least it was snowing a little to add to the ambiance.
I tried giving the slab waste away to anyone who wanted it but it became a nuisance with people showing up and digging through the whole pile just to get a couple pieces and leaving a mess. Now I just burn it. Keep a fire burning while Iím sawing and every time I get a load on the forks I add it to the fire. Luckily cedar burns pretty fast. Even green. Just be sure to keep the fire a couple hundred feet away from the mill!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 08, 2021, 08:51:02 PM
it is not good for heat in a stove, but ok for chimenea, firepit ect.  you could package up and put it on a pallet by the road with an honor system.  it smells nice when it burns.  I have made some quarter inch thick 12 inch long planks for grilling.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on February 08, 2021, 08:55:36 PM
Makes good firepit wood too. Burns quick with a nice flame. Crowd pleaser. Any way it gets gone is a good way though.

Interesting how these local demands emerge when thereís a source of lumber. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 08, 2021, 09:14:08 PM
That could be a good idea.  If I get any amount of money and don't spend much more time turning it into firewood size than transporting it to a spot to burn and tending it, it would be worth it.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 08, 2021, 09:33:36 PM
put a 5 dollar price tag on a bundle, and maybe then folks will steal it.   :D :D :D.  still get rid of it.  or call and text your friends with firepits and such.  I had an old partner from Wichita drive up with a trailer and I gave him what I call junk wood.  I have it in crates, and also give it to the boy scouts for campfires.  tell them the cedar smoke kills covid 19 . :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on February 08, 2021, 09:56:11 PM
  Could you chip up the cedar slabs and sell them for animal bedding?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on February 08, 2021, 11:25:53 PM
Doc - you might want to check but I am pretty sure that ERC is not the cedar you want to use for grilling, it kills more than the Covid.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on February 09, 2021, 02:10:35 AM
Doc - you might want to check but I am pretty sure that ERC is not the cedar you want to use for grilling, it kills more than the Covid.  
As far as toxicity goes is ERC different from WRC? WRC sold for grilling planks around here. Have used it for some bbqíd trout. Pretty tasty! Need to soak the wood though or else it go up in flames
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on February 09, 2021, 05:04:14 AM
I haven't cut a lot of cedar, but I may start if I can keep up a supply of logs.  I bought 13 logs a few weeks ago with the intent to cut them and sell them.  I sold the first load as soon as I posted it.  Today i cut the rest of the logs and messaged a guy who wanted my first load, but was too late.  He wants to come and get it all tomorrow.  It may not be high priced like walnut, but it sure seems to sell fast.  My problem with milling it is all the slab waste.  Can't give it to may parents as firewood, so I will have to spend time burning it.  Maybe there is someone out there who wants the stuff though.

Milling this morning was not without its trials.  Lube jug was frozen, so I put another one up there.  Still had ice somewhere in the line.  Finally I just started milling with the valve open and within a few minutes it started flowing.  I was using a mix of water and RV anitfreeze, because thats what I had.  When done today I brought the jugs into the garage.  Then as usual, I hit a nail on the last log.  At least it was snowing a little to add to the ambiance.
FFOTS,
There are guys on the Internet getting pretty good money for Deer Blinds constructed out of Cedar Slabs. I had often thought they would be effective for that purpose due to their aroma. Being on the "softer" side, I would think they nail or screw pretty easily. Maybe something like that?
Steve
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Post by: doc henderson on February 09, 2021, 07:12:59 AM
the slabs can be put up on the side and sliced into "mountain siding"  thin and live edge to make the deer blinds.  no strait lines and natural camo.


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Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 09, 2021, 08:45:08 AM
All great ideas if I were to do a volume of cedar.  My dad had mentioned the deer blind siding idea.  Right now I don't have enough to do even a small blind.  I may cut it up into firewood size and try to sell.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: dchiapin on February 09, 2021, 09:43:16 AM
funny how people are.
My burn pile slabs and junk get burned on a regular basis but lately it has been too dry to burn always had people come by wanting a few junk slabs for fire wood, couldn't hardly give it away. Decided to do a little reverse psychology and put a hefty price on the waste of $25.00 per truck load, all you can load and haul.
What came next was an explosion of people wanting to get this "great deal".
Have several campgrounds around here and they send a truck about 3 times a week for their "great deal"
Not going to get rich on it but sure helps with the beverage bill smiley_hellow_im_here
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 09, 2021, 11:10:30 AM
Well, it looks like Iíll have no shortage of slabs. When my wife delivered the load this morning the customer ordered another 600í. And I got an email for 400í of random width. 
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Post by: WV Sawmiller on February 09, 2021, 12:06:20 PM
funny how people are.
My burn pile slabs and junk get burned on a regular basis but lately it has been too dry to burn always had people come by wanting a few junk slabs for fire wood, couldn't hardly give it away. Decided to do a little reverse psychology and put a hefty price on the waste of $25.00 per truck load, all you can load and haul.
What came next was an explosion of people wanting to get this "great deal".
Have several campgrounds around here and they send a truck about 3 times a week for their "great deal"
Not going to get rich on it but sure helps with the beverage bill smiley_hellow_im_here
    That's what I did. I used to pile and burn my slabs till I started advertising $25 per truck/trailer load and U-load. When a guy pulled up in a small pick up and only loaded level with the side I did not have the heart to charge even that so I told him $10. I have not had to burn a slab since and I now have help loading and removing it. About half the time they get it right beside the mill. The rest of the time I will have moved it with my tractor and small FEL to a central site. I usually help load but that is as much for the social aspect as anything else. Two old brothers get most of it and they saw it up into 10-12 inch pieces. I took them a couple of sawhorses out there to help. Watching, visiting and listening to them is better than going to a comedy show.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on February 09, 2021, 12:35:53 PM
I'm not proud it gets cut up on the slab rack and burned through the wood furnace with all the other slabs when I am around in the evening to feed it a couple times, BTUs are BTUs. I put good wood in for over nights and morning before work, burn the lighter stuff when I am around.
If you had enough volume....
I think the campfire wood bundles for pine and cedar it wouldn't  be a bad option, it  should be a way to avoid EAB regulations and such. Maybe you could get a scout group  to sell them as a fund raiser and you could claim them as a donation. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: dchiapin on February 09, 2021, 12:40:37 PM
I agree with WV Sawmiller you do meet some very interesting and entertaining people. A great time to take a break and enjoy the little pleasures of life talking to people and their experiences.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on February 09, 2021, 12:43:06 PM
Quote
Lube jug was frozen, so I put another one up there.  Still had ice somewhere in the line.  Finally I just started milling with the valve open and within a few minutes it started flowing.  I was using a mix of water and RV anitfreeze, because thats what I had.  When done today I brought the jugs into the garage.
I take my water jug inside at the end of every day after sawing, I've had it freeze solid too many times. My original one developed cracks and started to leak (possibly from exposure to the elephants? ???)
Had to use some 100% silicone to patch it until a new one arrived.
Note on slabs, If you sell lumber and natural edge slabs, keep a stack of the bark pieces close by. More than once I've had customers walk over and ask "how much for some of these?" ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: dchiapin on February 09, 2021, 01:12:59 PM
yep one mans trash another mans treasure
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 09, 2021, 01:35:52 PM
A guy came this morning and bought all of the cedar I milled yesterday.  I tried to give him some of the slabs, but he said no thanks.  Oh well.  I tried.

Milled some white oak 1x6 for a guy who wanted them for a small trailer deck.  It was 17 deg when I started and is now 22deg.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 09, 2021, 06:10:22 PM
Red pine framing lumber 2x6x10 and 2x8x10 for an order.
2 cords of firewood cut and split loaded in firewood bags.
It snowed all day.
I thought the Goat showed up after lunch the Kohler 38hp gas started running odd.
I was like oh my no !
No blinking light.
Changed out the spark plugs and it was back running great.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 10, 2021, 04:44:14 PM
@Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297) we (someone) have had this discussion before.  you know i would not want anyone hurt, but i gave about 200 of them for Christmas a few years back, and no one got sick.  they make a concentrated cedar oil, and i think it would be bad to ingest.  but the fish tastes great.  no one has complained, and have gotten many thanks and compliments.  i guess all the dead docs never called or texted.   :D  .  i remember trying to find info. last time.   i think the flavor is from the smoke, and the volatile stuff goes up in smoke.  I will review.  better safe than sorry.  @GeneWengert-WoodDoc (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=20498) .
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 10, 2021, 05:07:44 PM
Eastern Red Cedar Berries, A Touch of Natural Flavor - Eat The Planet (https://eattheplanet.org/eastern-red-cedar-a-touch-of-natural-flavor/)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on February 10, 2021, 05:17:56 PM
Let me know what you find out. We had been asked to make a bunch for a couple stores that carry our meat but found info that suggested otherwise so we made Maple, Poplar, and Cherry instead. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 10, 2021, 08:23:25 PM
looks like eating the oil concentrate is bad, and smaller amounts might make you sick.  the indians used it for tea and such as described.  I have never felt sick, and I think the amount in the smoke does not constitute a threat.  we will keep looking.  sounds like most of the US trees are safe.  in Europe maybe not, and is usually not the upright variety.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 78NHTFY on February 10, 2021, 08:40:47 PM
Bruno--still crankin' with all this weather!  Good for you.  BTW, notice your hydraulic lift arm and pad are under the snow.  Be sure to clean out under those lift arms:  snow/ice/frozen sawdust can get in there and the arm will push the mess down so that it breaks off the velocity fuse at the bottom by the cylinder.  Been there, done that.  The pressure of the arm pushing frozen sawdust into the pad actually bent the little metal protector tab right into the cylinder.  At the end of each days' sawing in Winter,  I lift the arms, clean out the pad and put a wood block under each pad.  No problems since.  Your much newer machine may have different set up than mine: if so, disregard everything I just said. ;D.  Keep up the good work.  All the best, Rob.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 11, 2021, 07:03:54 PM
 
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 Finished another small order of cedar this afternoon between raindrops. Cut these from small 6-7" logs that most people wouldn't fool with. Took me about 3 hours and will bring over $300. It's always nice to have big logs, but it's nicer to turn fenceposts into $. 😁
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 11, 2021, 07:59:43 PM
Those look nice.  I had one log the other day that would have been better used as a 4x4, but what was I gonna do with one 4x4?  I was walking around our property looking at cedars today.  I picked out quite a few that would make good lumber.  I'll have to decide which ones would make good 4x4s.  I have no love for cedars so it wouldn't hurt my feelings to remove them all.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LeeB on February 11, 2021, 09:20:16 PM
I've got an abundance of cedars suitable for 4x4's. Finding any big enough for 8" or wider boards is tough, or at least getting them out from where they are is tough. Finding any big enough to make 10" x 10' boards without rot in the center is even harder. I have a few that big scattered around the place but all in hard to access areas. I cut a fair amount of it off the place to use in various projects. Mostly outbuildings. Want to reside the house with it B&B, but finding wide enough stuff isn't easy. So far I have enough for one side only. May have to accept narrower boards. I have one big one right up by the house but Lindy won't let me cut it even though she basically hates cedar. Her guineas nest in that one. Probably could get enough out of it to do almost another side.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on February 11, 2021, 11:11:31 PM

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 Finished another small order of cedar this afternoon between raindrops. Cut these from small 6-7" logs that most people wouldn't fool with. Took me about 3 hours and will bring over $300. It's always nice to have big logs, but it's nicer to turn fenceposts into $. 😁
Nice. Once you get rolling and get a system going it's surprising how fast the little stuff can get processed. Certainly worth it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 12, 2021, 06:43:29 AM
Thanks Rob
I broke one the first winter.
At the end of the day I lift them and clean out under them. At night I lift them up off of the ground. 
I learn the hard way  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Woodsman1220 on February 14, 2021, 06:31:19 AM
I have been reading and learning from this forum for the past year and decided after milling for about six months, it was time for me to share.
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Post by: TimGA on February 14, 2021, 07:31:12 AM
Welcome, really nice looking setup you have.
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Post by: terrifictimbersllc on February 14, 2021, 07:41:44 AM
Yes nice setup, like those circle marks. Thanks. I used to run a Peterson 1030WPF.
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Post by: WDH on February 14, 2021, 08:42:18 AM
Those circle marks can be a real advantage as rustic and old looking is in style.  Except for people :D. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on February 14, 2021, 08:55:29 AM
come on Danny, we never go out of style...in OUR minds!   :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 14, 2021, 09:02:01 AM
My nephew who now lives in Virginia was visiting last week.  I wear suspenders at the sawmill to keep my pants from falling down, and as I walked up to greet him, he said that he first thought for sure that it was "Buster", my Dad.  He passed away 13 years ago, but apparently "I look just like him". 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on February 15, 2021, 02:50:40 PM
 
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 Sawing some dimensional 2x8x12, 2x12x16,2x10x14 and some beams for a pavilion this spring. Been a little chilly around here. LOL
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on February 15, 2021, 04:35:46 PM
@WDH (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=4370) , well....you know how far nuts fall from the tree.....
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 15, 2021, 04:36:59 PM
Yes, the gene may be immortal.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 15, 2021, 06:03:04 PM
 
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 Sawed 800' of SYP 1x6x16s today. Customer is building a new pole barn and is using the 1x6s to hang the metal siding. He's supposed to pick it up in the morning. Called today and ordered another 600' of 1x6x12s.
I have to make small stacks because my skidsteer is broken and my little Kubota tractor will only lift about 1000 pounds.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on February 15, 2021, 06:42:10 PM
Good job, Patrick.  I sawed a few 1x6's this morning too for a barn.  Later I sawed up the top of a huge longleaf pine.  There were a few limbs to be cut off of this log so I halved it into 8'3" and sawed all live edge.  We will likely make more out of one of these slabs than all of the dimensional lumber that that (Tom) would have made.  It had a lot of heart and a little blue.  We saved out one mantle just in case someone may want to see the sap run one night over their Central Florida fire place.  The two other 16' logs out of this tree were sawn into wide boards a couple of weeks ago.

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 Most of these are about 20" wide.  The ones with a lot of blue are a little narrower.  The 7į bands resharpened by Earl to 4į sawed these really flat.  With this much heart and several lightered limbs that is a pretty good feat.  They are now on stickers and hopefully will go into the kiln within the next six weeks.  JohnM came over after work to help me manhandle them onto a stack.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on February 15, 2021, 07:57:00 PM
 It had a lot of heart and a little blue.  We saved out one mantle just in case someone may want to see the sap run one night over their Central Florida fire place.
Ha!  So true!  Drip, drip, drip. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: samandothers on February 15, 2021, 08:25:43 PM
Patrick
Hope the orders keep rolling in.  Sure is rough weather to mill right now.

Woodsman and Durvin welcome!  Y'all have been busy!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on February 16, 2021, 06:29:16 AM
I like the look of that long leaf pine, very unique. Nice job guys. On another note, I've got some standing (dying) hemlock on the property. Going to fell a couple after I'm done with the white pine cut list. Logs will be 16" to 24". Any advice will be appreciated, I've only cut a couple hemlock with good success. Thanks!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on February 20, 2021, 11:12:20 PM
Was a good day of sawing today, getting around to the larger logs from this load

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Changed up sawing order, vertical backwards first, the horizontal forwards, waste on one side, heavy stuff and firewood off to the right, and finished boards out the back.  Way better this way for me, less steps and handling.
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Red Beard would not stand still for an "insta" worthy picture ;)

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on February 21, 2021, 07:35:51 AM
So you are saying that Jeff is quicker than the Rooster??  :D

Nice whack of timbers.  smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on February 22, 2021, 03:37:26 PM
Nice set up, and nice timbers.
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Post by: Resonator on February 22, 2021, 03:58:03 PM
Nice Western Star. smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 23, 2021, 09:54:59 PM
 
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 another nice order for cedar today. This is 250' of a 650' order. Started about 3pm. Will finish in the morning. I love cedar. Easy sawing and easy money!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on February 25, 2021, 07:30:28 PM
   Well, its not much but I finally have a post for this thread. Only the second log I have sawed this year almost entirely due to our weather. Today was the 3rd really nice day in a row and of course it is to start back raining tomorrow.  The mud is what is stopping me for the most part. I've got 3 confirmed customers in backlog and another big order or two in the works that should be confirmed in the next few weeks.

I cut down a small ash a couple weeks ago for firewood and found the butt log was green and better shape than I thought so I saved it for tomato stakes. I was able to get baby John up there and bring it down about noon and hauled it to the mill in the lot. I meant to cut it at 10' but somehow I bucked it to just over 9'. I sawed it into 1X1 strips then cut them into 4' and 5' stakes with my circular saw set on a 45* angle. I meant to get 2- 5' stakes. I got about 4.5 dozen of each and had a dozen or so other strips I had not cut so when finished I had about 11.5 dozen stakes.

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 About a 12" diameter log - poorly bucked. I need to have a stern talking to that logger and probably cut his pay or something appropriate.
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Finished stickers ready to be cut in half at an angle to make stakes. The longer ones are a couple of red oak edging I dragged out of the slab pile. Easily $80 or more worth of tomato stakes from a small low grade ash log.

 I got to use my little ATV cart today that I just built new sides for it. It had ragged metal sides they were a safety hazard. I went through my 4/4 RO pile and selected 3 boards that were pretty ratty looking and not something that would ever likely sell but they were fine for my needs here. I also had 2- 4' long 2X4s that were perfect for the stanchions. While real low grade wood it looks like it is going to work fine and will likely outlast me. (Who was that back in the peanut gallery that commented with my record he had a couple of bananas with brown spots that would likely outlast me? :( :D :D)

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  While I was piddling out there I went ahead and cleaned up that small slab pile from a single RO log I cut a few weeks ago. I was hoping somebody would drive by and see it and want the kindling. If they had they could have had it just to keep me from double handling it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on February 25, 2021, 08:24:11 PM
I truly hate posting pictures on here....no idea why these posted sideways as they're right side up on my computer. I should be getting these logs in a week or so, oak, 36 inches wide at the base, each approximately 50-70 feet long. The larger sections I'm going to mill into live edge slabs with my chainsaw. The smaller stuff I'm going to hold on to for a couple of months and maybe get milled into dimensional lumber.




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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on February 25, 2021, 09:24:03 PM
Het Howard, weather or not, looks like you are probably a good 4 weeks ahead of me on getting started. Good for you! You cut your stakes at 1" square? I don't think you we could drive a 1" in without splintering it here with all the rocks. I cut my 6/4 square. Folks seem to like that better for around here.
 I like that ide of whacking a single edge point on and getting two stake in one cut. I may look into that this year. 
 And no, that weren't me in the back of the room neither. ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on February 25, 2021, 09:39:40 PM
@WDH (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=4370) This stuff sure has some nice color! :)

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on February 25, 2021, 09:48:28 PM
Tom,

   I did not call any names but if you felt guilty ... :D

   I guess most folks must till their soil around here for a foot or so and that is enough to get a 1" stake in the ground. We are not running short on rocks! I actually cut these at 1-1/16" but advertise them as "Approximately 1" square and approximately 5' long hardwood". Most I have cut have been ash but just calling them hardwood lets me use hickory or oak or even poplar if I run out of other wood. I don't normally cut my oaks as more valuable for wildlife. I do have about 25-30 feet of uprooted hickory still on the stump up in the pasture I will likely cut into tomato stakes - maybe tomorrow if the rain runs a little late getting here. I have one guy who has called several times and even scheduled to come once to get me to cut them into handle stock for his blacksmith tools but he is all talk. They will sell for tomato stakes and that is what matters. 

   I think a typical T-post driver works fine to put them in. You could easily make one with a piece of galvanized pipe, some old tire weights and weld a pair of handles on  the sides. I started out making them 6' long but people said they were too hard to drive up. The 4' will sell but 5' seems most preferred. A V shaped point or round tip would be better but not worth the extra time and effort. My tomato stakes are largely a salvage project.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on February 26, 2021, 12:16:39 AM
I needed another lumber pallet.  So turned a 12 foot SYP into 2x6s.  Stickers screwed on.  Also screwed on sacrificial 4 foot pallets underneath.
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hugs,   Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on February 26, 2021, 07:14:05 AM
 
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Sawed these while trying to salvage some lumber from some really ugly cedar logs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on February 26, 2021, 01:58:08 PM

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Sawed these while trying to salvage some lumber from some really ugly cedar logs.
I droll every time Y'all post ERC photos.  But these are over the top.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 26, 2021, 04:28:03 PM
Black Locust was on the deck today. Filling out orders .
Logs coming in before the road bans get put up.
I'm on a state road but most loggers shut down for mud season.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on February 26, 2021, 04:30:56 PM
Black Locust was on the deck today. Filling out orders .
Logs coming in before the road bans get put up.
I'm on a state road but most loggers shut down for mud season.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/36349/20210226_130758.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1614374567)
 
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I'd be interested to see what black locust looks like on the inside!  The bark reminds me of old growth fir or cedar maybe.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on February 26, 2021, 04:38:38 PM
Not much sawing during the week.  My full time job keeps getting in the way :) Just a few logs spread over my lunch breaks.

Made up a rain cover, was tired of the constant tarp on/tarp off situation
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Moved a few logs from A to B.  Nice to get two logs in one turn !
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1795.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375234)
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on February 26, 2021, 04:43:11 PM
Black Locust was on the deck today. Filling out orders .
Logs coming in before the road bans get put up.
I'm on a state road but most loggers shut down for mud season.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/36349/20210226_130758.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1614374567)
 
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I'd be interested to see what black locust looks like on the inside!  The bark reminds me of old growth fir or cedar maybe.
I will get some pictures. 
To me it has a white oak grain look.
The color is brownish .
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on February 27, 2021, 12:50:31 PM
Sometimes you just have to try to get butter from a duck.  Yesterday evening a several time repeat customer brought by some Paroda (Monkey Ear Tree) logs for me to saw.  The first two logs sawed quick and easy.  Then the wonky, won't roll logs that were probably limbs yesterday were sawn.  John is being a good Daddy and baseball coach today so this was a solo effort.

Anyway, this is what I ended up with.  The customer is supposed to be bringing some pecan logs later (oh, boy!).

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This is the one he wanted a mantle out of (butter from a duck).

 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on February 27, 2021, 01:54:56 PM
Not much sawing during the week.  My full time job keeps getting in the way :) Just a few logs spread over my lunch breaks.

Made up a rain cover, was tired of the constant tarp on/tarp off situation
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1793.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375221)
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Moved a few logs from A to B.  Nice to get two logs in one turn !
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1795.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375234)
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1794.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375241)
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Nice set up there. Not to change topics really but what vintage is your Long 5n1. I have a Long 3pt hitch backhoe from way back in the day.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on February 27, 2021, 04:23:43 PM
I milled a cherry sort of like that yesterday.  It had 2 turns in it.  Not much useful came out of it, but someone will pay for some 2" live edge slabs that I got out of it.  Then I had a very straight, not huge red oak, but something about the tight growth rings made me try to get some quarter sawn out of it.  Not many true quarter sawn boards, but the ones I got were very cool.  Finally I had a nice size silver maple that was a little past its prime, but I got a lot of 5/4 1x12's that may turn out nice if they dry straight.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on February 27, 2021, 11:07:15 PM
Picked up an interesting log today that I'm going to turn into live edge slabs....if I even get one slab that doesnt twist itself to death I'll be pretty please. I believe it is two Osage Orange trees that have grown/twisted together. They've been laying for a rather long time as can be seen by the top and bottom. I'm going to cut into 3 inch thick live edge slabs and hope for the best...even if they come apart where they've grown together (which I fully expect to happen), I may be able to eventually incorporate both parts into an epoxy table or something.

Log is just over 9 feet long. Base is about 38 inches tall and 40 inches wide, while the top is about 52 inches wide at the widest. Hopefully I'll be milling in the next couple of weeks (I'll probably livestream it on facebook if anyone gets bored and wants to check in on me, haha). I added some pictures of some slabs from the smaller portion of this tree, just in case folks haven't seen osage orange before (I hadn't before today).


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on February 28, 2021, 01:37:13 AM
Not much sawing during the week.  My full time job keeps getting in the way :) Just a few logs spread over my lunch breaks.

Made up a rain cover, was tired of the constant tarp on/tarp off situation
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1793.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375221)
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1798.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375250)

Moved a few logs from A to B.  Nice to get two logs in one turn !
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1795.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375234)
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/51095/IMG_1794.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1614375241)
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Nice set up there. Not to change topics really but what vintage is your Long 5n1. I have a Long 3pt hitch backhoe from way back in the day.
Itís 70ís something, I canít recall exactly now. 
Sat for 10 years, and started right up with a cleaned out fuel system and a fresh battery. Had to add a boat fuel tank as the original had inches of sludge and rust. She can move some pretty big stuff, and no more on/off with those forks.  Used to tong everything.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on February 28, 2021, 06:10:38 AM
Gotta remember to take some pictures of the hacking and stacking part this time.


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Also the crane getting it onto the mill, because my gear ain't big enough to handle this one.:-\
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Anderson on February 28, 2021, 07:54:37 AM
Please do take some pictures of that big boy!  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trimguy on February 28, 2021, 07:56:22 AM
 
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 Sawing some pine. I normally cut on my buddies property because he has a lot more land than I do. They are clearing some land across the street from me. So I made a deal and got these to the house. These will be for a shop for my buddy. So, still a hobby. I measured And marked the end of each log, the size and board feet. Iím going to try to get a better feel for the board feet versus log situation. A couple of these logs have a bow in them, Iím not sure how much I have to deduct for that bow. Lots to learn.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dan R on March 01, 2021, 01:39:46 AM
Some Sunday sawing with my daughter. She wants to build a Barn for some of her animals her and Grandaughter have. She's falling behind on stacking the lumber. I have added the power feed to the mill recently , what a great addition  I only use the mill for personal use so I couldn't justify the cost for a hydraulic mill so manual it is with power feed. We have Fun. (https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35341/IMG_0004~1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1614580377)
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 01, 2021, 02:24:16 AM
Some Sunday sawing with my daughter. She wants to build a Barn for some of her animals her and Grandaughter have. She's falling behind on stacking the lumber. I have added the power feed to the mill recently , what a great addition  I only use the mill for personal use so I couldn't justify the cost for a hydraulic mill so manual it is with power feed. We have Fun. <br
DanR,
      How do you like sawing on the concrete?  Does the sawdust give it a little "cushion"?
                hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on March 01, 2021, 09:38:37 AM
@burdman_22 (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=54542), I've sawn my share of Osage.  Unfortunately, I think those two logs are going to separate either while moving them or when you cut them. Also you said they've been down a long time.  I've found that Osage that has been laying for years drying out, gets much harder than newly cut Osage.  In fact I'd say that newly cut Osage It not really difficult to cut with 4į bands, and you want a less aggressive band like that, trust me.  I've had some Osage that I cut 16 months ago and it's not going too bad.  They are definitely drier than when cut.  It's taking about one band per log.  I'm not removing bark, but they are not dirty either.  In the past I cut Osage, but also took two logs that were on the ground that had been cut years before and they were a nightmare, like trying to cut through concrete - waves etc.  I won't touch old logs like that anymore.  They will even dull chainsaw chains really fast too.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: High_Water on March 01, 2021, 10:49:27 AM
First log on the mill of 2021 and immediately threw a drive belt lol. Red oak down from the hurricanes (water or laurel not sure) destined to be very short 2x4s. I know the ramps aren't properly attached but the log was too short to fit them properly. I've got a long line of logs waiting behind this one.

 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: ryantl on March 01, 2021, 01:23:05 PM
Slabbed up some claro walnut in a small backyard recently. This was the biggest walnut I've milled so far ó about 1500 board feet total with the biggest slabs running about 40" wide and 15' long.


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As is customary with walnut the homeowners had filled the tree with high carbon steel and towards the end of the log I had to resort to plunging some sections out entirely with my chainsaw.

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It was a long job due to the size of the slabs and the confined working area. I did this job mostly solo over the course of 8 days and rented a mini track loader to offload and stack each slab. Then I rented a telehandler on the last day to load the stacks up onto a tractor trailer.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 01, 2021, 04:27:49 PM
A customer has been coming to me about every 3 weeks for about 3 months to buy some lumber.  She doesn't buy a ton, but usually about $100 worth each time.  She bought all the maple I had a while back(wasn't much) and yesterday some walnut and cherry.  I asked what she's been doing with it and she said she made toys.  She sent these pictures and said she has been very busy making toys and has been very happy with the wood she has gotten from me.  She's making some very nice toys.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on March 01, 2021, 05:17:27 PM
What a great thing for your wood to turn into.  Somebody transformed  it into fun. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on March 01, 2021, 10:19:20 PM
@Brad_bb (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=6191) I agree, the slabs will likely come apart, but there's no harm in trying (even if they come apart they'll likely be pretty. M<y biggest concern is metal, as these were in between two houses....we'll see. I'm taking three chainsaw chains with me, hopefully if there isn't any metal three chains will be enough. I'm envisioning only getting 2-3 cuts per chain. I'm also hopeful that the wood will not have hardened all that much even though its been down for a while, since it couldn't have dried much (drying+wood shrinkage is what makes the wood get harder...correct?). I'll post some pictures of whatever happens....even if it is just a destroyed chain, haha
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on March 01, 2021, 10:26:48 PM
I realize now I said "no harm in trying" AND mentioned destroyed chains in the same post... :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 01, 2021, 10:43:17 PM
   If the slabs come apart they sound like it is because they want to become a River Table. Sounds like you just need to find the right woodworker who realizes and agrees with that idea. Good luck.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dan R on March 01, 2021, 11:34:42 PM
Brandi,
We live on what's called the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia but it has been known to rain here a bit. I put the mill on concrete for a good base and to keep my feet dry this time of year. Also when I'm finished for the day I sweep,shovel then use the leaf blower to give the mill a cleaning and blow the slab off. Plan to finish the shed and install a door when the weather improves.
Dan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on March 02, 2021, 08:14:30 PM
This morning sawed some charcuterie stock for a resin artist.  Those people are resourceful, they scrounge free logs, and kiln dry in home made mini kilns.  I don't much care for the work as the logs are usually small and crooked. 
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This was up next.
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What the Mega hook is made for.  Yes, I could have used the mill hydraulics but I had the log sorta balanced between the fork lift tongs and the mill to trim off branch stubs and it was just easier to use the hook.
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@boardmaker (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=9292) was asking on a PM if the two plane clamp hydraulic motor was strong enough to move around cants.  I lifted the log with the hydraulic cylinder and pulled it straight to the log stops with the clamp motor.

The log was 34" in diameter at the widest point and 19' long.  Since my throat is only 32", to make sure I didn't get stuck, I pulled the band and ran the carriage down the log.  1" to spare on this side and the other was pushing bark.
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The log is pushed over the backstops to give me as much clearance as possible.
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15 minutes sawing, 10 cuts, and 374 board foot.  Took an hour to pull vines and trim branch stubs.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 02, 2021, 10:16:19 PM
Brandi,
We live on what's called the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia but it has been known to rain here a bit. I put the mill on concrete for a good base and to keep my feet dry this time of year. Also when I'm finished for the day I sweep,shovel then use the leaf blower to give the mill a cleaning and blow the slab off. Plan to finish the shed and install a door when the weather improves.
Dan
Dan,
  Thanks.  I am gonna concrete my shed after building it.  But I like the idea of leaving some sawdust to walk on.
  hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on March 03, 2021, 03:51:37 PM
 
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Milled some hard maple I was going to cut for firewood. Glad I milled it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 03, 2021, 06:35:15 PM
   We have had real nice weather so I got out today and cut up 4 hickory logs for tomato stakes today. The tree uprooted 2 years ago and finished falling last Fall so I cut the top and limbs for firewood and cut 3-10 and one 7' log off the trunk. I don't get much call for hickory lumber so I cut it into 1"X1" strips then cut them in half at a 45* angle with a circle saw leaving 2-5' stakes with each cut with a one-sided point. I bundle in dozens and tie with old hay strings and sell them to a local plant grower and a few at flea markets and such.

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 Hickory logs at the mill
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Strips from the first 2 logs - these made 18 dz stakes. I have the strips from the last 2 on the trailer to finish tomorrow an likely 8-10 dz more from there. I cut the 7' log to 5' when I got it on the loader arms.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on March 03, 2021, 09:43:26 PM
Not much sawing yet this week, darn day job again.  Did manage to get one log dealt with after school, with help from my up and coming tail man.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on March 04, 2021, 04:52:52 PM
Sawed some slabs and ovals from some cedar that was laying in the firewood pile. 
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Should be able to make a little pocket money from these. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on March 04, 2021, 06:20:46 PM
Friday morning going down.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 04, 2021, 07:09:03 PM
   I finished pointing and bundling the rest of my stakes and ended up with 38 dozen +2 stakes. I think 4 dozen were 4' and the rest were 5'. I also cut up a little over a 50 lb feed sack full of 1"X1" cut-offs 6-12 inches long I will try to sell as smoker wood. I still have the slabs and edgings to cut up and package. Smoker wood is one of those things that will sit there a long time till the right person asks about it then he will come buy it all. I am tempted to save my hickory sawdust separate and see if it would sell for smokers. I'd think you could throw a pint or so on hot charcoal and it should stink up the smoker pretty good.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Cjross73 on March 04, 2021, 08:03:56 PM
Had a few min before dark this evening,  the help wasn't too interested....

It had been a while since I had time to fire it up, the operator is maybe a little rusty.  Not pictured is the blade half way in the log that's on the mill. Good news is I stopped just before trimming a back stop, I'll work on getting it backed out of the cut tomorrow   ::)
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on March 04, 2021, 09:08:02 PM
Nice helper crew 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 04, 2021, 09:47:23 PM
Nothing exciting from me today.

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Less than 1Mbf so minimum sawing rate.

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10X10's and the side lumber made 2X8's, 10's, & 12's.  Well I did get a $100 tip so I guess that was excitement!!  Started sawing at ~1:00 and finished at 4:00.

If my customer can get a tailgunner, next week will be a three day, 55 mile road trip for a several times repeat customer.  We'll spend the nights at the Cabin.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 04, 2021, 09:59:27 PM
Smoker wood is one of those things that will sit there a long time till the right person asks about it then he will come buy it all. I am tempted to save my hickory sawdust separate and see if it would sell for smokers.
I save my cherry, hickory and pecan planer chips for use on the grill.  We had London Broil over hickory for supper tonight.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 05, 2021, 01:57:38 AM
Nothing exciting from me today.

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Less than 1Mbf so minimum sawing rate.

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10X10's and the side lumber made 2X8's, 10's, & 12's.  Well I did get a $100 tip so I guess that was excitement!!  Started sawing at ~1:00 and finished at 4:00.

If my customer can get a tailgunner, next week will be a three day, 55 mile road trip for a several times repeat customer.  We'll spend the nights at the Cabin.  :)
Lynn,
    Shade can be exciting.  At least a positive.
        hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on March 05, 2021, 05:46:04 PM
Certainly a beautiful day for milling in this part of the country. Looks the same as Mississippi.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on March 05, 2021, 05:53:04 PM
Was a good day to split firewood in Alabama. I let the mill rest. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 05, 2021, 09:17:10 PM
Trying to get logs that are closest to the mill sawed so I can be ready to work on a new idea I had.  I sawed some crooked cherry logs that have punky sapwood, but still some nice slabs.  I had some shortleaf pine logs sitting there too that had been there for a few years.  I had cut down the tree to make room for the mill carport.  Out of an 18" log all I could salvage was a 6x6 and even that had some bad spots.  Kinda made me sad that I had wasted such a nice log.  I wish I had more time for sawing and space for drying, then I wouldn't waste any logs.  That goes to my new project.  I'm going to use some pallet racks I have to build a shed, essentially connected to the sawmill shed.  I will use pallet racks for the structure on one end, a side and then have to put up a beam on the other end.  This will create stacking space for lumber, will better protect the mill from weather and will create a space to park either the tractor or the mule.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 05, 2021, 10:32:23 PM
I was quarantined from work for the last several days even though I tested negative last Friday evening.  We had several medical events in our family this week to deal with but in the interim, I got a little sawing done.  We worked through some longleaf logs that have been lying around a little too long so they were slabbed heavy and the burn pile has some thicker slabs in it.  Also, some Paroda (monkey ear) was sawn for a customer who showed up with more logs and no money to pay for his slabs...we made an amicable agreement and we  now have several paroda slabs to dry and sell.  My son in law and daughter picked up some pine to add a storage room on to their barn.  I told them if the blue stain pine did not suit them that I would saw something different but it is hung and they like it.  We also got some more pecan logs this week that we will saw on shares.  

Some of the logs I've sawn in the past few days have lain around too long and the boards they yielded ended up in the cull pile.  They will work for dunnage, pallets or various projects but it makes me ill that I let good logs deteriorate to this point.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on March 06, 2021, 07:41:41 AM
That blue pine looks good. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 06, 2021, 08:37:23 PM
Danny, it (blue stained pine) reminds me of the pine that you had that was used in the church a few years ago.  The kids are happy with it and I told them to get some 1x off of the cull pile to put a floor in that part of the barn.  Tomorrow I need to knock out some 4x4's and possibly cut some live edged slabs out of some pecan and paroda logs a guy dropped off a couple of days ago.

No sawing today.  I spent 8-5 snaring hogs so a vet could pull blood for brucellosis  and pseudorabies on hogs for a show that I'm on a committee for that will occur later in the month.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: kelLOGg on March 07, 2021, 01:43:25 PM
Wood bowl blanks. 
This is a follow-up on my post in General Woodworking about cutting blanks. See pic for various ways to hold the work down. Thanks to Ijohnsaw (New cookie cutting jig for manual mill in Sawmills and Milling (forestryforum.com) (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=103296.msg1675408#msg1675408)) for his jig which I copied.


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Its a little hard to see below but there is an arm at 45 degrees to support the vertical limb for cookie sawing


 

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on March 07, 2021, 11:18:52 PM
@caveman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=12883)  been there  done that, there's worse jobs, but its still not very fun.... It's  much better to be the one drawing the blood than running the snare.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on March 08, 2021, 06:41:14 AM
I did a mobile job this weekend 9 hours on Saturday and 3 hours Sunday. Tulip poplar for board and batten siding. Customer had a loader and 2 offbearers. Did 2700'. I didn't have to cut any battens as the customer said he would have his guys cut down some of the 10" boards on a table saw. We ran out of logs yesterday so I'm probably  going to go back on Thursday or Friday to saw some more. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 08, 2021, 07:14:56 PM
I am on a 60 mile road trip and today it was Walnut.

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Yup, rugged looking and some have been down for a couple of years.

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We kept plugging along.  My tailgunner seen here ready to work.

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Today's yield.
 
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All was sawn 4/4 and 12/4.  Only two Walnut logs left and they will be sawn 4/4. 

Tomorrow's logs will be Ash and then Red Oak Wednesday.  I think that there will be a few Sassafras logs.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on March 08, 2021, 07:54:14 PM
Nice looking lumber. I've got a friend who saws walnut 5 days a week on a wm lt300. I can't even fathom how many bf a year. I've seen walnut logs much uglier than that on his yard. Sometimes the ugly ones saw out beautiful lumber. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on March 09, 2021, 06:39:51 AM
Hey @Magicman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=10011) , I use the hollow ends or ends to make cat passageway covers that look natural.  I use about 1/3 of the log face about 20 or so inches long and if it doesn't have a natural opening, I create one.  I use my grinder disc carver to shape the hole and taper the top part into the wall.  It's then fasted to the wall over the cat opening.  I have about 8 pieces right now and just started carving. Just one thing those hollow pieces can be used for.  You could give the owner suggestions on what they can do with those pieces that you end up end cutting.  Also chair backs(for kids chairs), or a serving box/basket with handle.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 09, 2021, 07:27:35 PM
Brad_bb, cat passageway's were not on this customer's cut list.  I got 4/4 lumber from all of them.  ;D


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This is some of the Ash logs that I sawed today.

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They were all sawn into wall paneling.

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No picture of the logs but this is a whack of Sassafras 4/4 lumber.  The total sawing today scaled 1830 bf.

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This whack of mostly Red Oak is all that is left to saw on this job.

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PatD had this Prime NY Strip ready for me when I got back to the Cabin.   food3
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on March 09, 2021, 08:12:59 PM
Workin hard and eating good 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 09, 2021, 08:33:24 PM
   Awful pretty wood there MM. I love sawing ash - the smell always reminds me of an old bee tree smell. I did not know we had it in the south growing up. I guess I just misidentified it.

    I cut a large poplar tree and dragged it down to fill an order for my plumber for some 1X4 strips to go under a metal roof for a camper shed. The bulk will be for stock. 

   I am loaded up now to go saw for probably the only Australian couple in our county. Should be a 1 maybe 2 day job. When done I may move 8 miles away and saw a bunch of 20'9" live edge logs for a timber frame extension if the lady has enough ready to saw. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on March 10, 2021, 03:05:41 AM
Brad_bb, cat passageway's were not on this customer's cut list.  I got 4/4 lumber from all of them.  ;D


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This is some of the Ash logs that I sawed today.

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They were all sawn into wall paneling.

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No picture of the logs but this is a whack of Sassafras 4/4 lumber.  The total sawing today scaled 1830 bf.

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This whack of mostly Red Oak is all that is left to saw on this job.

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PatD had this Prime NY Strip ready for me when I got back to the Cabin.   food3
PatD gets a very honorable mention!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on March 10, 2021, 11:22:23 AM
I truly hate posting pictures on here....no idea why these posted sideways as they're right side up on my computer.
@burdman_22 (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=54542)  The answer is pretty simple once you understand the reasoning.

Inside your camera is a sensor that detects if the camera is turned vertical or horizontal. It tags this bit of information to the photograph. It works out really well when a piece of software (like the one on your computer) can read this extra bit of tagged information so that it automatically puts your photo in the right orientation as soon as you open it. Some software works with certain cameras and some software doesn't work with any cameras in that regard.

When you go to upload that picture from your computer to Forestryforum it passes that same bit of information along that says either 'horizontal' or 'vertical' but the problem is that the software here isn't able to read that information (or maybe it can from some cameras and not others) so it's unable to determine how the photo should be oriented so it just reverts to horizontal. That's why they appear correctly on your computer by wrong here.

Thankfully it's easy to rotate the photos in your gallery. Just click on the photo to open it and there should be arrows below that let you rotate.

Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on March 10, 2021, 03:23:03 PM
Sawed up my first load for the new kiln when I get the chamber built.
5/4◊12◊12 clear poplar.
I figured this would be a good load to learn with.
It will air dry till the kiln is ready.
They are very nice boards 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 10, 2021, 08:08:08 PM
I always love to see pictures of you plugging along Bruno.  smiley_thumbsup

I finished sawing this job at noon today, 6Ĺ hours @ hourly rate and 2868 bf @ my bf. rate.

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First up was one that got QS.

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Kinda hard to get a picture but this was two 14" bookmatched QS boards.

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Some of it was mighty purdy. 

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Of course my Tailgunner looked mighty purdy too!!!   :D

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 10, 2021, 09:54:32 PM
  Geez, if I'd sawed about 2,000 more bf today I'd have caught up with the MM. I almost bet I sawed as many "logs", lots of them were 6' long and 6-8 inches in diameter.

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I had an assortment of cherry, ash, cedar, wormy/ant ridden WP and even one walnut sneaked in there. The customer is Australian but fortunately I have worked around them and learned much of the language. :D

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This was one awful cedar "Trident" the customer wanted to fill the spaces between the 3 forks with epoxy so  I laid them as them as flat as I could get them, shimmed under one branch and clamped then sawed in 3/4" drops till I got a flat surface with a 3 legs them flipped and clamped and ended up with 2-8/4 pieces that the customer was very pleased with.

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At the end of the day I had 5.2 engine hours on the mill for the day's work. The awful pine I cut into dimensional 2X4 & 2X6 at 1.5" X 3.5" or 5.5". I would not have saved any of it if I had sawed it at home  but the customer was happy so I sawed what he asked. Rather than measure at the end of the day I just billed the minimum. About half the stuff was left live edge so on a typical "log" I seldom made more than 5-6 passes with  the mill.

   I started the day with a county road closed about 7-8 miles from the customer so had to backtrack and added 20 or so more miles. The good thing is that I passed my next customer so on the way home, about 4:30 pm, I called, stopped and ended up leaving the mill there set up to start sawing 21' live edge cabin logs in the morning. You have to love a customer like her. I got there and she was wearing soot stained overalls and boiling a batch of maple sap down for syrup over a 55 gallon drum with firewood for heat while 4 children under 6 years old ran about the yard riding little electric 4 wheelers, sliding on a cable on a trolley. One was shooting a toy bow with his dad's target arrow with a max range of maybe 30'. Country kids have it so much better than their urban counterparts!

  It was too near dark when I finished setting up to take a photo but we will be sawing in minutes in the morning.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 10, 2021, 10:01:54 PM
I hate sawing pecker poles, but I have a whack of them waiting for me in South Louisiana next week.  146 mile road trip for 40 Cypress logs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on March 11, 2021, 08:59:03 AM
Worst day of chainsaw milling ever. Cut through two of my own screws, bolt broke on my chainsaw mill, AND I was only able to get two slabs due to some poorly sharpened chains. I've got a guy sharpening my chains to 10 degrees now, hopefully that will make this weekend less stressful. I've also ordered a ripping chain from Granberg, hopefully it doesnt take 3 months to get here like the mill did.

Question for folks. Is it really worth it for me to pay $120 for a ripping chain? Are they really that much better? I'll know soon enough I suppose.

Also, it was my birthday yesterday and I got a pretty funny care from my 10 year old. Here's a picture of the two screws along with an untouched screw, a picture of one of the slabs I was able to get, and then pictures of the funny card (funny due to what I do for fun on the weekends...).


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on March 11, 2021, 06:11:44 PM
I had very good luck with the granberg ripping chains.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on March 11, 2021, 07:39:54 PM
@richhiway (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=25823) have you used ripping chains AND full chisel chains? I'm curious how much easier the cuts are going to be with a ripping chain. And how much longer (if any) the chain will last before needing sharpened again
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 11, 2021, 09:12:35 PM
 
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I set up last night in front of this stack of logs. The customer is bucking them at 20'10" so there is no extra room to play with when sawing. I removed the rear bumper and bought myself an extra couple of inches and next time will remove the front bumper for even a little more. 
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 As you can see here the customer has logs scattered all over the area. She needs to get them cut to length and staged like the first bunch on the scrap logs. Those loaded easily on the mill thanks to the addition of another new LogRite cant hook I bought specifically for this job.
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These are the 3 prototypes we got sawed before we lost the tractor and helpers. We confirmed the process works and what labor and MHE we need once she has the logs bucked and staged. I did not even know how to bill as we did not know how much time it will take so I offered hourly rate. That is fair to me and a much better deal for her. I keep stressing to her the more and better help she has and the more ready she is the faster we can cut her logs and the more money she saves. 

   I packed up about noon and came home then set up and sawed 2 decent poplar logs into 10' long 1X4's to fill an order.

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These cut real good with minimal waste. I was able to cut 2-3 cants at a time. 

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Order ready, customer called and will pick them up tomorrow or Saturday. Left over side lumber was 1X13, 1X10 and a couple of 1X6's all 10' long.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 11, 2021, 11:48:11 PM


I set up last night in front of this stack of logs. The customer is bucking them at 20'10" so there is no extra room to play with when sawing. I removed the rear bumper and bought myself an extra couple of inches and next time will remove the front bumper for even a little more.  

WV,
   That is how you do 20'10".  Here I thought 20' 6" inches was tight.  Thanks for the tip.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on March 12, 2021, 06:09:45 AM
Gotta remember to take some pictures of the hacking and stacking part this time.


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Also the crane getting it onto the mill, because my gear ain't big enough to handle this one.:-\
So we banged it through this week.

Yah, it was a log, or half a log anyway because I put the top half of it through in January and this was the butt billet that was left to cut. It was wet and the loggers dozer was down for repairs so we used a pair of cranes to lift it on... 11.7 tonnes in that butt section... 25,795 lb for the metrically challenged amongst us. A pair because it was wet so they wanted to take it on the ropes and avoid some soft spots on the landing.  Volume 9.636 m3 (or 2420 BF doyle if that makes more sense to ya.)

Plan A was to crane it off here and toss it under the mill but the local guy with a 20t Franna only had chains good for 8.5 tonne so...
Plan B saw him take one end on the boom, me put the big loader under the other and we got it off that way. Then we attacked it with a Lucas Mill so we could gnaw it down to a more manageable weight for the loader. (knew I shouldn't have got rid of that other Lucas ... sometimes that easy to shift big log saw is a good thing)

So we hacked it apart, same as any other log I guess  - or at least any other log if you think a 4 gallon tin as a step up to a step cut in the log as a step so you can get on top of it to push the mill along is normal.  I seem to do it couple times a year so it's normal for me.


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Young Benjamin doing his stuff - nothing like watching a professional at work.

Anyways we carved half of it off for an order that needed single log colour matching on some 10 x 4's. Then we tossed it into something a little easier to operate and finished the job.

Without a doubt this is the best serious hardwood log I've ever cut... nice even barrel on him and the heartshakes ran pretty straight so we didn't lose much in the middle. Got 7.1 m3 of sawn out of him or 3003 BF of lumber.... not too bad for scale overrun with a 7/16" bit circle saw. Normally I expect at best 45% recovery, this one got 72% which is unheard of here. I was due something nice to average up some of the trash we've been sawing I suppose


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Mighta been all those big end sections maybe, first time I've ever calculated my recovery in BF against a scaled log cuz I found where I could plug in some numbers on the net and get a log scale measurement back. Normally I buy in either tonnes or cubic meters.

Anyway, job done. Back to hacking didgeridoos apart. :-\
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: nativewolf on March 12, 2021, 07:14:55 AM
super log there @longtime lurker (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=22746) .   We struggle with the monster logs too.  Had to hire a crane 2 years ago, RO that took a whole tractor trailer.   Glad you got a special order out of it because those generally pay at a rate that makes the trouble worth while.

Out of curiosity, how was it loaded in the forest?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on March 12, 2021, 07:23:07 AM
Normally just roll them over the side with a dozer off a ramp.. This time the dozer was down for repairs so we used 2 cranes... lot easier on the truck for sure. Buttress root species tend to roll with a crash thump that breaks things; there's an awful lot of patches welded onto my truck floor.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 12, 2021, 08:53:47 AM


I set up last night in front of this stack of logs. The customer is bucking them at 20'10" so there is no extra room to play with when sawing. I removed the rear bumper and bought myself an extra couple of inches and next time will remove the front bumper for even a little more.  

WV,
   That is how you do 20'10".  Here I thought 20' 6" inches was tight.  Thanks for the tip.
hugs,  Brandi
Brandi,

 Thanks for asking. You do them very carefully! My mill will cut 21' and has two black marks looking like pieces of black electrical tape-  one at the front and one at the back of the mill. The logs have to fit exactly between those marks. Too far forward and you can't get the blade in the wood. Too far back and it won't finish the cut and that is a long way to back out of a cut. Even 1/2" over and you can't get your blade in or out of the log.

   I removed the rubber bumper at the end that is held in place with a cotter key and that gave me about 2" more. I noticed there is another at the front and I will remove it next time. That should actually let me cut 21'4" or real close to it.

  Other concerns are the logs must be cut/bucked perfectly square or there will be an inch or two extra unexpected length to contend with. Also when you rotate the log for the second cut (I only had to turn once since we were doing live edge cabin logs) if you are not careful they will crawl forward or backwards a fudge and get over the line.

  When you load the logs you also have to raise the head and pull the debarker all the way out or the log will hit them. Once on the bed you can raise the toeboards and roll back or forward to adjust but they are very heavy. I had it with me but forgot use my Magic hook for it but if you raise the side supports all the way up and hook to the end of the log and a side support when you lower the arm you can pull the log backward a little. You should be able to pull it forward using the same technique from the back end starting with the side supports partly lowered, hook to the front end of the log then raise the side support and that should pull it to the rear. I think I have seen pics of the MagicMan moving logs forward or back this way and I will try it next time.

 BTW - 21' slabs and flitches are heavy too! Lacking the pair (or more) of burly, mentally challenged off-bearer helpers we needed we generally needed 2 of us worn out, broke down old men to carry each one to be stacked. Finally I just started sliding them off on to the bed of the mill or loading arms. When finished I'd raise the toeboards to full height giving us 5-6 inches of free space for the tractor forks to get under and lift and remove first the log then we'd do the same thing with the flitches. I do not like having anyone driving heavy equipment like that at and over my mill as a poor operator can easily tear something up but the neighbor with the tractor yesterday was very careful.

  Yesterday was just a concept verification day and it took us about 30 minutes per log. With properly bucked and staged logs and good help we should be able to do 3-4 per hour.

  I'd start at the center and make a mark 3" above and 3" below dead center to leave/take the 6" LE log from the middle. Heart checks had to be turned horizontal to the cut or the crack would show in the log when used. From my mark I'd come up 1-1/8" at a time (we were saving true 1" side lumber) till I had the face width I wanted, stop and set my SimpleSet for 1-1/8" drops, saw off side lumber to my mark, flip, start at 6" from the bed and raise and repeat so I had the 6" log left in the middle. I had to raise the appropriate toeboard a little on the first cut to level the heart then remember to lower it once I flipped the log or I would leave a long wedge and ruin the final log.

 Its not rocket science but it is tedious and heavy work.


Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 12, 2021, 01:38:47 PM
No sawing today, but I did replace the blade guide bearings and the wheel belts.  The guide bearings still rolled smoothly, but I wouldn't doubt that they are the originals so I figured now is as good a time as any.  I did replace the belts a few years ago, but I had the new ones so I went ahead and changed them.  I'll save the old ones for now.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 12, 2021, 03:02:29 PM


I set up last night in front of this stack of logs. The customer is bucking them at 20'10" so there is no extra room to play with when sawing. I removed the rear bumper and bought myself an extra couple of inches and next time will remove the front bumper for even a little more.  

WV,
   That is how you do 20'10".  Here I thought 20' 6" inches was tight.  Thanks for the tip.
hugs,  Brandi
Brandi,

 Thanks for asking. You do them very carefully! My mill will cut 21' and has two black marks looking like pieces of black electrical tape-  one at the front and one at the back of the mill. The logs have to fit exactly between those marks. Too far forward and you can't get the blade in the wood. Too far back and it won't finish the cut and that is a long way to back out of a cut. Even 1/2" over and you can't get your blade in or out of the log.

   I removed the rubber bumper at the end that is held in place with a cotter key and that gave me about 2" more. I noticed there is another at the front and I will remove it next time. That should actually let me cut 21'4" or real close to it.

  Other concerns are the logs must be cut/bucked perfectly square or there will be an inch or two extra unexpected length to contend with. Also when you rotate the log for the second cut (I only had to turn once since we were doing live edge cabin logs) if you are not careful they will crawl forward or backwards a fudge and get over the line.

  When you load the logs you also have to raise the head and pull the debarker all the way out or the log will hit them. Once on the bed you can raise the toeboards and roll back or forward to adjust but they are very heavy. I had it with me but forgot use my Magic hook for it but if you raise the side supports all the way up and hook to the end of the log and a side support when you lower the arm you can pull the log backward a little. You should be able to pull it forward using the same technique from the back end starting with the side supports partly lowered, hook to the front end of the log then raise the side support and that should pull it to the rear. I think I have seen pics of the MagicMan moving logs forward or back this way and I will try it next time.

 BTW - 21' slabs and flitches are heavy too! Lacking the pair (or more) of burly, mentally challenged off-bearer helpers we needed we generally needed 2 of us worn out, broke down old men to carry each one to be stacked. Finally I just started sliding them off on to the bed of the mill or loading arms. When finished I'd raise the toeboards to full height giving us 5-6 inches of free space for the tractor forks to get under and lift and remove first the log then we'd do the same thing with the flitches. I do not like having anyone driving heavy equipment like that at and over my mill as a poor operator can easily tear something up but the neighbor with the tractor yesterday was very careful.

  Yesterday was just a concept verification day and it took us about 30 minutes per log. With properly bucked and staged logs and good help we should be able to do 3-4 per hour.

  I'd start at the center and make a mark 3" above and 3" below dead center to leave/take the 6" LE log from the middle. Heart checks had to be turned horizontal to the cut or the crack would show in the log when used. From my mark I'd come up 1-1/8" at a time (we were saving true 1" side lumber) till I had the face width I wanted, stop and set my SimpleSet for 1-1/8" drops, saw off side lumber to my mark, flip, start at 6" from the bed and raise and repeat so I had the 6" log left in the middle. I had to raise the appropriate toeboard a little on the first cut to level the heart then remember to lower it once I flipped the log or I would leave a long wedge and ruin the final log.

 Its not rocket science but it is tedious and heavy work.
Yep, found that out with my long, bigger logs.  When I turned it, it moved a little and I was out of travel with 1/2" left to saw.  To bump it back into position, I raised the toe boards and pushed it back with the telehander and had the tractor's grapple to stop it where I wanted it.
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It is time consuming, but doable.  Can't wait til I get it in the shed and the 6 foot or so extension installed.
hugs, Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 12, 2021, 03:49:11 PM
Brandi,

 I tried to convince the customer to cut them to 20'6" so I had 6" to play with but she keyed on that 21' max and decided she needed that extra 4" of house space I guess. I guess I'm lucky she left me 2" of play. If she'd known about the bumper space she would have left them 21'. We pushed these with the toeboards up. It is much easier on the second turn when you have the sawed face resting on the toeboard than the round edge like we started with. We did not have a fancy telehandler to work with. I think the MagicHook will do what we need but I forgot about it yesterday. Straight logs don't shift as much as crooked ones.

 Maybe Marty Parsons will read this and have WM make a log shifter attachment for the mills to fix this issue and if it makes any money he will send us some of it. :D

EDIT/ADD-ON: All they have to do is provide power to the toeboards. ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trimguy on March 12, 2021, 07:16:03 PM
I had a chance to cut a little pine this afternoon. Iím setting the slabs to the side to use for counter tops
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 for a cabin project in Northern Michigan. The Lt40 will cut 28Ē , but it better be string straight on both sides. I had to work this back and forth a little to get it cut.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 13, 2021, 12:40:28 AM
Brandi,

 I tried to convince the customer to cut them to 20'6" so I had 6" to play with but she keyed on that 21' max and decided she needed that extra 4" of house space I guess. I guess I'm lucky she left me 2" of play. If she'd known about the bumper space she would have left them 21'. We pushed these with the toeboards up. It is much easier on the second turn when you have the sawed face resting on the toeboard than the round edge like we started with. We did not have a fancy telehandler to work with. I think the MagicHook will do what we need but I forgot about it yesterday. Straight logs don't shift as much as crooked ones.

 Maybe Marty Parsons will read this and have WM make a log shifter attachment for the mills to fix this issue and if it makes any money he will send us some of it. :D

EDIT/ADD-ON: All they have to do is provide power to the toeboards. ;)
Howard,
      If I hadn't had the squirt boom, the Mahindra's grapple would have been used.  I can't, by myself, slide a 5,000 pound log over a half inch, even with the toe boards up.
It would be nice if WM came out with a kit to do this.  Problem with the toe boards is the pivots both swing the same direction, which tends to have the log move that direction more so.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on March 13, 2021, 06:37:05 AM
WM does have powered toe rollers available. @Stuart Caruk (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28226) put them on his mill. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on March 13, 2021, 07:48:36 AM

Trim Guy,  That one does look string straight.  Sometimes I remove the blade and see if the saw head and roller guides will make a clear pass down the log.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 13, 2021, 09:31:52 AM
WM does have powered toe rollers available. @Stuart Caruk (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28226) put them on his mill.
  Boy, that was a fast response! Those WM people work fast don't they? :D

   I looked under the accessories list and the only toeboards I saw listed were manual ones.  Since this is likely a one off kind of a job it would probably not be worth the effort and expense for me to add them anyway although I am sure if I had them I would use them regularly on my other shorter logs too.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 13, 2021, 09:46:20 AM
Stuart Caruk's powered toe board roller.

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Of course he is set up permanent and can saw 52' beams.  :o
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 13, 2021, 10:37:40 AM
     I hope those are rubber fingers on the rollers. If not we sure could not use them on the sawed side of a a cant or it would chew it up.  Yeah, not something I'll be adding anytime soon. It is either a couple of mentally challenged helpers or the MagicHook for me especially on the round side. The flat side rolls a lot easier once you get to that stage.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 13, 2021, 12:21:19 PM
with those you do not need off bearers, just cut through the cant, go to the high speed and toss them off the end of the mill!   :D :D :D   :o :o :o   :) :) :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on March 13, 2021, 12:55:39 PM
with those you do not need off bearers, just cut through the cant, go to the high speed and toss them off the end of the mill!   :D :D :D   :o :o :o   :) :) :)
I'd like to see a video of that, for sure.
Jim Rogers
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 13, 2021, 01:14:35 PM
Doc,

   You had me scratching my head there for a minute then I finally realized you were saying the power rollers replace the off bearers. I guess that would be like a reverse dragback feature. I guess I will stick with the off-bearers.

   That reminds me of an old boss of mine who said he had an uncle with a sawmill and two old black men who cut the logs with a crosscut saw as a sort of retirement income. They did not work fast but just steady and he'd saw whatever logs they cut into lumber and sell it as a sort of sideline business. His sawmill was not something he tried to do full time. Linwood asked his uncle why he did not buy the old men a chainsaw. He said his uncle told him "A chainsaw would just put his helpers out of work because they would finish so much sooner and likely only needed one." He wanted to be sure the old men had and income but he was going to make sure they worked for it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 13, 2021, 05:58:39 PM
I saw I have used up all my 2" lath strips I use to make my simple crates and such so I figured I'd make some more stock out of a small 8' poplar top I cut several days ago. A couple days ago I cut 2-10' logs from about midpoint on the tree into 1X4's and a kid came and picked them up for his dad today.

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 I just cut the "log" into 2" flitches and saved one 3/8" flitch about 5" wide between the bark. I stood the 2" flitches up and set my mark on 13" and SimpleSet to 1/2" and started edging. Every pass left me with 5 each 3/8" X 2" X8' lath strips.

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I got 96 strips out the scrappy log. There will be some waste from splits and such but not much loss since I'm cutting them up into 12-16 inch lengths on my RAS to make crates. The dog boards were 1/2" and there was some serious pucker to cut them. I will use them for handles on the end of the crates or such. I have them stacked and stickered and they should be air dry in just a few weeks because they are so thin.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on March 13, 2021, 08:03:15 PM
Those crates must be a hot item, WV. Nice work. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on March 13, 2021, 08:36:16 PM
Sawed 450 bf of cedar 1x5, 2x4s and 3.5x3.5 today. Nice payday for a Saturday. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: busenitzcww on March 13, 2021, 08:54:33 PM
just a bit of elm Burl today. Short video of the process. https://youtu.be/y0I41Sn_HuM (https://youtu.be/y0I41Sn_HuM)
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 13, 2021, 11:49:42 PM
Those crates must be a hot item, WV. Nice work.
   I make them sized to fit a dozen quart or a dozen pint canning jars. The pint sized crate just fits inside a quart sized crate. They are fast and simple to make. Not a high profit item but fun to build and I sell a few at flea markets and use a lot around the house.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on March 14, 2021, 08:31:04 AM
Busenitzcww, your elm burl cookies are beautiful.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 14, 2021, 09:03:28 AM
Danny, is that a bit of spalt in the sapwood area?  nice local exotic hardwood @busenitzcww (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=43952) .   :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 14, 2021, 09:03:54 PM
We have sent out quite a bit of pine dimensional lumber for us this week.  We have also sawn some Paroda and some pecan.  The pecan was from the guy that has logs but sometimes does not have money to pay for them being sawn.  We cut on halves today and the first log had a couple of nails that we found right away with our freshly sharpened 4į blade.  We continued using it and it sawed flat but left a bit of "character" on the rest of the slabs.  This should not be a problem since we saw pecan at 2.5" so it should easily clean up.  Also, I stacked quite a bit of lumber that hit the cull pile from our dimensional jobs this week.  It will be used for stuff shorter than 16' or saw horses.
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We sent out 35 1x14x16' heart pine (orange trailer) and loaded the kiln with pecan and sycamore.  John keeps mentioning that YellowHammer would not be happy with how many wasted steps we take each day and continuously suggests that we do things smarter.  Unfortunately, "I no too smart".
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DWyatt on March 15, 2021, 07:10:32 AM
Got my first Sunburn of 2021! 8) Hourly rate sawing for my parent's neighbor. Slabbed some shagbark hickory (aka granite smiley_devil), some 4/4 basswood, and made 11 @ 3"x10"x18' red oak bridge decking. The bridge decking is for a ditch crossing in a field that is used by semis and combines. I used the toolbox and it said they were 243 lbs each  :o They did not want the basswood so I took home about 210 bf of some pretty nice stuff.


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One of the red oak pieces that got edged to 10". Told the customer that he was going to have the purdiest bridge decking in the county.

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The stack of basswood I took home and get on sticks to air dry.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 15, 2021, 09:15:32 AM
   Heavy timbers! I hope you had plenty of help or MHE to move them.

   What thickness and sizes did you cut the basswood? I have about 1,000 bf left from a big tree that almost took out my deer blind. I cut it 4/4, 8/4. 12/4 & 16/4 and put a big fan on it for 2 months to keep it from molding. I try to market it a carving wood. It looks a lot like maple. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DWyatt on March 15, 2021, 01:54:51 PM
  Heavy timbers! I hope you had plenty of help or MHE to move them.

   What thickness and sizes did you cut the basswood? I have about 1,000 bf left from a big tree that almost took out my deer blind. I cut it 4/4, 8/4. 12/4 & 16/4 and put a big fan on it for 2 months to keep it from molding. I try to market it a carving wood. It looks a lot like maple.
Yes we had MHE. The farmer I was cutting them for brought over his 80+ hp tractor with forks. We utilized every hydraulic function of the mill and tractor to not have to touch the timbers, but they did make a loud thud whenever they moved. 
I cut all the basswood to 4/4 random width. It will be used as a secondary wood when I'm building cabinets (drawer boxes, shelves, misc framing, etc) For me it is interchangeable with poplar
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: boonesyard on March 15, 2021, 03:34:57 PM
Got an interesting call from a guy that said he had some mesquite he'd like sawn. He wintered in Texas and just got back, he hauled back some short 4' pieces for woodworking and smoking. It's not something we see up here so I told him to come over. We cut up 3 of the best shorts he had, wow is that stuff dense/heavy/hard! I was really impressed as to the beauty of this stuff, black walnut has nothing on this. Took about an hour, he paid us and then told us to pick 3 pieces we'd like to keep for getting to it so fast (nice guy). We're looking forward to doing something with it some day.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DocGP on March 15, 2021, 05:40:32 PM
I've got this big girl waiting on me tomorrow.

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Second of 5 logs heading toward the base.  27" and quite straight.  Base is about 36" dia.  Tried out a sample 9 deg blade from WM store, it cut great, even after i kissed the roller stop  :D :D.  Will start with a fresh T7 in the morning.  Man am I learning a lot!!!  

Doc
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on March 15, 2021, 10:17:44 PM
What is the plan for the log?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 15, 2021, 11:11:47 PM
 
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took down the stump of a cottonwood in the yard.  3/8th inch piece taken of the top, leaning on the cant. and the sun shining through it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 15, 2021, 11:42:36 PM
Got an interesting call from a guy that said he had some mesquite he'd like sawn. He wintered in Texas and just got back, he hauled back some short 4' pieces for woodworking and smoking. It's not something we see up here so I told him to come over. We cut up 3 of the best shorts he had, wow is that stuff dense/heavy/hard! I was really impressed as to the beauty of this stuff, black walnut has nothing on this. Took about an hour, he paid us and then told us to pick 3 pieces we'd like to keep for getting to it so fast (nice guy). We're looking forward to doing something with it some day.



I haven't seen anything that big around these parts.  I guess it is south Texas, if he wintered here.  Do you know where he wintered?
                     hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: boonesyard on March 16, 2021, 09:35:10 AM
Got an interesting call from a guy that said he had some mesquite he'd like sawn. He wintered in Texas and just got back, he hauled back some short 4' pieces for woodworking and smoking. It's not something we see up here so I told him to come over. We cut up 3 of the best shorts he had, wow is that stuff dense/heavy/hard! I was really impressed as to the beauty of this stuff, black walnut has nothing on this. Took about an hour, he paid us and then told us to pick 3 pieces we'd like to keep for getting to it so fast (nice guy). We're looking forward to doing something with it some day.



I haven't seen anything that big around these parts.  I guess it is south Texas, if he wintered here.  Do you know where he wintered?
                     hugs,  Brandi
Not sure what part of Texas, I didn't ask. I've been down there a few times, and I thought this mequite seemed big. Crazy heavy!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on March 16, 2021, 03:55:28 PM
  
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Some white oak we cut last year for a pavilion this spring. A little belt sanding and linseed oil. Good to go. Sorry the pics doubled up (fixed by Admin).
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on March 17, 2021, 07:29:18 PM
Here's a sneak peek of what I'm going to be sawing next. 
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A farmer near me called and said he had a bunch of cedar on his hedgerows and I could have it if I wanted to cut it down. (Note the barbed wire below the cut.) All of them have wire, but I'll just cut them about 4 1/2 feet high. There's probably 150 of them at least 16" or bigger. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on March 17, 2021, 08:41:28 PM
Thank the birds for that :). 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: ljohnsaw on March 17, 2021, 09:37:13 PM
There's probably 150 of them at least 16" or bigger.
Sweet!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: forcemac on March 17, 2021, 09:38:13 PM
Been lurking around the forum last fall.  Been infatuated with milling over the winter.  Bought me a 36" Alaskan by Granberg and their chain and made my first attempt on some salvage I found in the neighborhood brush dump.   After I made the first cut, I was tickled pink at the outcome.  I sure have the sawdust disease after just one log. I believe this is Chinese Elm...maybe someone a bit more educated can confirm or deny.   

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on March 17, 2021, 11:21:21 PM
@forcemac (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=53897)  welcome!

My first guess was elm of some sort. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 18, 2021, 02:19:55 AM
Here's a sneak peek of what I'm going to be sawing next.  

A farmer near me called and said he had a bunch of cedar on his hedgerows and I could have it if I wanted to cut it down. (Note the barbed wire below the cut.) All of them have wire, but I'll just cut them about 4 1/2 feet high. There's probably 150 of them at least 16" or bigger.
I gotta come to NC and buy some logs for sure.
Ya got me drooling again.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Woodsman1220 on March 18, 2021, 07:01:15 AM
My neighbor had a half dozen dead red oaks that I offered to remove for him.  It made very nice 5/4 boards for horse stalls.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 18, 2021, 08:06:26 PM
I had an interesting job today.  A couple of weeks ago a customer wanted me to come and look and I did:

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Three blocks of whatever that he wanted me to clean up and then split the shorter one.

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And 6 Pecan limbs that he wanted posts, plus 1Ĺ" and 2Ĺ" two live edge slabs.  They were gonna be heavy so I would need help. 

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So Marty and Ben became tailgunners today.

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Some of the hardware that was in the cants.

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But they still got cleaned up, much to the customer's satisfaction.

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He was also pleased with the Pecan.  Hourly rate plus labor equaled a very nice pay day for all.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on March 19, 2021, 07:34:56 AM
Pecan limbs?

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 19, 2021, 07:51:47 AM
I totally agree and no way would I have ever sawn that Pecan mess for myself but I have sawn many times for this guy.  He loves to experiment and his $$ are good.  ;D

The old timber chunks came from somewhere in the NE, maybe Massachusetts??  The largest one squared 12X12, the second largest squared 12X14, and the one seen on the sawmill made two 3X12's.  Two were WRC and one was SYP, probably Longleaf. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 2 Jugs on March 19, 2021, 08:06:00 AM
Magicman,

Did you make it down to Thibodaux?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 19, 2021, 09:08:12 AM
No, we were rain/stormed out this week and sadly this next week doesn't look any better.  I am now shooting for the week of March 29th or the next week of April 5th.

PatD has her aortic heart valve replacement scheduled for the next week (15th) so if we can't get it done before that we will have to skip a few weeks. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 19, 2021, 09:10:30 AM
a few more erc boards for Dallas.  


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 19, 2021, 01:44:57 PM
Some very thinly sawn ERC I see.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 19, 2021, 04:48:42 PM
the board he was attaching to was warped.  it was "straw board'  that used to be manufactured here from wheat straw.  so he went and spent 35 bucks on a sheet of osb 7/16ths.  Poor Dallas has succumbed to ERCC.  eastern redcedar crazy! :) no pics of the final 4 feet yet, out of respect for his family!   :D :D :D


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so the sides of the steps are closed in,  the area behind the shelf on the left, is re-sheeted, and getting covered  he will make another shelf in the loft.  He is talking crazy about replacing the treads with ERC.  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on March 19, 2021, 06:24:40 PM
The man needs help. He needs and intervention. But you are not the guy Doc. You are his enabler. (you might need help too.) :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 2 Jugs on March 19, 2021, 06:56:53 PM
No, we were rain/stormed out this week


That is why I am asking.  They got some pretty good storms down there Wednesday.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 19, 2021, 07:20:46 PM
Some very thinly sawn ERC I see.
yes some 1/4 inch to cover the osb, some 3/4" to side the stairs and 1 9/16th" to make shelf boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on March 20, 2021, 12:30:21 AM
Sawed some oak cookies today. Only managed three before ran out of light. Largest of the three was about 38 inches.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 20, 2021, 04:56:43 PM
   My wife's cousin and her husband came for an overnight visit yesterday afternoon. I took him and showed him my setup, sawed one small poplar log into 4/4 stock then loaded up the mill and we took it to my next customer's house 11 miles away and set it up. I returned this morning to this load of logs.

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Mostly WO, maybe a couple of RO and one tiny hemlock so far. I see a cherry coming up on the next visit. We sawed about half till we wore out my 77 y/o helper. He is about the size of the MM so I ended up helping him toss the slabs on the pile but he stacked the lumber pretty much alone. We had about 747 bf when we broke for the day.

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We will resume Monday after my doctor's appointment. I'll stop by on my return and we will finish this pile.

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It was a pleasant morning and we made some real pretty boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 20, 2021, 05:32:48 PM
till we wore out my 77 y/o helper. He is about the size of the MM

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Whatcha talkin' 'bout Willis??
What You Talkin bout Willis? Gary Coleman - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJd1RktjYTU)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 20, 2021, 06:01:56 PM
Lynn,

   First you horde all the LogRite cant hooks now you are hogging up all the young, strong help. Its a sad state of affairs that the only off bearer help we can get around here is 77 y/o. He put in a good day and I am not putting him down at all. You'd just think there would be a few strapping teenage boys wanting the work.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on March 20, 2021, 06:40:52 PM
.......... You'd just think there would be a few strapping teenage boys wanting the work.
Yeah, you would, but no.... What I wouldn't give for a teenager (male or female) with grits that could help me out after school or on weekends and maybe learn something useful. Ain't happenin' these days. Liability, what if, etc. etc.
 I was helping a neighbor do firewood and they had a nephew there, about 12YO, and I gave him a hookeroon and showed him how to use it and gave him a safety talk. He was having a blast and helping out dragging rounds up to the splitter with great effect as he figured it out...until grandma saw and came running out and said we had to take the 'dangerous tool away from him before he got hurt". Kids today are doomed. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 20, 2021, 07:27:08 PM
 
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I am fortunate to have two of those "strapping Grandsons" that...

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don't mind getting sweaty...

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nor getting dirty.  Luke & Ben
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 20, 2021, 07:46:07 PM
   Just my luck, 4 gd and one 4 y/o gs! I'd try matchmaking the older gd's but I doubt they understand Mississippi English or that Luke and Ben would travel this far. ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on March 20, 2021, 08:13:03 PM
No, we were rain/stormed out this week and sadly this next week doesn't look any better.  I am now shooting for the week of March 29th or the next week of April 5th.

PatD has her aortic heart valve replacement scheduled for the next week (15th) so if we can't get it done before that we will have to skip a few weeks.
Best of luck on a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 20, 2021, 09:40:10 PM
Thank you, she/we are apprehensive but also ready for her to be able to regain her normal activities.  I'll put up a topic later in the "Health and Safety" board detailing her aortic heart valve journey.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on March 20, 2021, 09:55:20 PM
Sure hoping everything goes smooth and simple for you both MM. Getting back to 'normal' whatever that may be for each of us, is a wonderful thing. You guys have got this.
 Are we gonna see you in August?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 20, 2021, 10:11:08 PM
We also have other unspoken obstacles to overcome so we will cross the August bridge when we get there.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 20, 2021, 10:42:29 PM


 
I am fortunate to have two of those "strapping Grandsons" that...


 
don't mind getting sweaty...


 
nor getting dirty.  Luke & Ben
Lynn,
   You are truly blessed.  
                  hugs,   Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sheepkeeper on March 22, 2021, 08:51:46 AM
Saturday's whack of logs. Walnut, Cherry, Pine and Spruce.

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And the resulting whacks of lumber: 6x6's

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and 4/4 boards: pine and spruce

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 walnut and cherry
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Oh, and 8/4 live edge walnut on the bottom of the pile. All in all a good day.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 22, 2021, 09:36:16 AM
Sheeprustler Sheepkeeper 

  Boy that is some pretty log stacking! Was that your wood or a customers? I need to steal a copy of that picture to send to all my mobile customers as to what their logs should look like before they call me and say they are ready for me to come saw.

   Real pretty finished lumber too!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 22, 2021, 09:53:15 AM
@Magicman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=10011) I sure hope we see you at the pig roast, but understand if you are not able to be there.  God speed!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 22, 2021, 11:00:04 AM
I picked up my blades from sharpening yesterday at a local place.  I've never sent them anywhere buy woodmizer.  I realized that they did not clean the blades like WM did.  I paid $7 per blade for sharpening.
Is it worth cleaning the blades myself before I send them to this guy or not bother with it?  I may eventually go back to using re-sharp when things settle down in the world, but for now its this local guy who has always sharpened my circular blades.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 22, 2021, 11:10:50 AM
My price has gone up from 6 to 9 bucks a blade, and 20 bucks shipping for 6 blades one way.  I am a bout to buy a sharpener.  they did sorta threaten to charge more if they had to clean the blade.  I am getting better with the lube, and less sap and dust on the blades.  I am sure if it was bad enough, it may throw off the set.  It also will defeat the point if there is enough stuff built up on that fresh sharpened blade and they do not track well.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 22, 2021, 11:47:37 AM
They are not super crusty or anything, just clearly not cleaned like WM used to.  I was looking at sharpeners and they are not terribly expensive, but to get one that also sets the blade is quite expensive.  Is there a way to set the teeth otherwise?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Tristen on March 22, 2021, 12:20:17 PM
Quarter sawn white oak, rays end to end on every board. 12 ft long.  

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 22, 2021, 08:41:02 PM
   Pretty poor day for me. I had a skin doctor appointment (We think we have the answer to my Atopic Dermatitis on hand and feet- Dupixent to the Rescue) then I met my helper and customer back at the mill about half way home. We sawed 7-8 logs including one gnarly, big butted 14' WO that was a struggle from  start to finish and in the last cut to salvage one more board off the side and I hit the standard 2 nails from a posted sign I'd guess. Only log that blade had sawed so the customer bought it. I was getting 1X10's off it and they were clearly too much for my 77 y/o hookwormy looking helper so I'd have to help him stack each board as they came off the mill. He gave out on me about 4:00 pm or so. I ended up stacking the last 4 boards off the last cant then packed it up. We only got about 418 bf. I looked after I packed up and see there is only 6 more to finish. I probably should have just sawed and stacked but agreed to meet at 8:30 am tomorrow to finish. I will finish then if I have to do it alone as I need to bring the mill home. I have another scheduled job this weekend and may sandwich in one a mile down the road before during Wednesday or Thursday. It looks like I may have to stack them for my 85 y/o neighbor/customer. If so I'll just charge extra for it. It should be a 1 day job as is my weekend job.

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Whopping 418 bf for the afternoon. Today's lumber is stacked in front of the shed. Under the shed is Saturday's sawing. We cut one cherry into 8', 3' and 4' boards to maximixe the return. They are on the ground separate. The customer will use them to make birdhouses.

  Oh well, at least it is only 11 miles and today was only a 5 mile side trip on the way back from my doctor visit.

  Just before I pulled out a truck with a new slide in camper drove by and I ended up behind him. It looked like a brand new rig. I hope he did not tear up his A/C and such hitting the low hanging limbs and stuff hanging over the road. I see he had a Maine tag so I assume he was lost. GPS may have routed him that was as a shortcut to I-64. He was driving slow and saw me following so he had the great courtesy to stop to let me pass. Unfortunately not being familiar with the area he stopped at a narrow spot on the road where we had a big road slippage and repair last year that none of us trust anyway so I waited behind him. After a couple more miles he found a wide spot and pulled over where I could pass.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sheepkeeper on March 22, 2021, 09:51:31 PM
Sheeprustler Sheepkeeper

  Boy that is some pretty log stacking! Was that your wood or a customers? I need to steal a copy of that picture to send to all my mobile customers as to what their logs should look like before they call me and say they are ready for me to come saw.

   Real pretty finished lumber too!
This was at a first time customer. Well stacked logs and and abundance of energetic help made for an easy day. the boards were stacked and stickered as they came off the mill and there was a stack of already dry lumber that was going on top to weight the fresh stuff down. This was not the customer's first time at the dance.  :) I anticipate that there will be more work for me down the road.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 22, 2021, 10:41:36 PM
  Pretty poor day for me. I had a skin doctor appointment (We think we have the answer to my Atopic Dermatitis on hand and feet- Dupixent to the Rescue)
WV,
My dermatologist called me into his office, last year, to offer Dupixent to me.  As I remember, it was shots every week or maybe every other week.  I told him no thanks.  No way was I driving 45 miles for a shot every two weeks.  Atopic Dermatitis is the main reason I don't saw away from home.
   In the winter, I usually take a mid day rinse off and change clothes.  In the summer, it is 2-3 rinse offs a day and same amount of clothes changes.  When I get a bad flareup, it is an epsom salt bath for me.  Usually it is manageable enough to just use CeraVe body lotion
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 22, 2021, 10:57:02 PM
Is it worth cleaning the blades myself before I send them to this guy or not bother with it? 
We have a guy who sharpens our blades with an old WM drag sharpener.  I ensure our blades are rust free and sap free when we take them to him.  He has been sharpening everything to 4 degrees but we just purchased a 7 degree wheel for his machine so he could sharpen our 7's to 7 degrees.  We used a 7, resharp today and it was sticky sharp and sawed like a Ninja.  The diesel drip or cotton picker spindle lube keeps the blades pretty clean but I spend as much time as needed to get ALL of the sap off using diesel, a rag and a sharpened putty knife prior to taking them to him.  He appreciates the clean blades and we appreciate sharp blades.  If he quits sharpening for us we will likely buy a new sharpener.  I'd rather pay him.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 22, 2021, 11:24:49 PM
Thanks caveman.  I will start cleaning the blades before I take them in.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 22, 2021, 11:30:21 PM
  Pretty poor day for me. I had a skin doctor appointment (We think we have the answer to my Atopic Dermatitis on hand and feet- Dupixent to the Rescue)
WV,
My dermatologist called me into his office, last year, to offer Dupixent to me.  As I remember, it was shots every week or maybe every other week.  I told him no thanks.  No way was I driving 45 miles for a shot every two weeks.  Atopic Dermatitis is the main reason I don't saw away from home.
   In the winter, I usually take a mid day rinse off and change clothes.  In the summer, it is 2-3 rinse offs a day and same amount of clothes changes.  When I get a bad flareup, it is an epsom salt bath for me.  Usually it is manageable enough to just use CeraVe body lotion
hugs,  Brandi



Brandi,

   These shots were samples and they are like an epi-pen auto injector. You don't have to drive in - you can give them to yourself. I got another shot today and give myself another in 2 weeks. It starts off as a shot every 2 weeks but he said we may start stretching it out to every 3 then maybe every 4 weeks. I gave myself 2 shots here at home in the muscle of my thigh and it was a pretty straight-forward process. Take the pen out of the fridge about 45 minutes to let it warm up to room temp, remove the cap, press on the muscle till the yellow cap (about 1/2" long) is buried in the muscle then it clicks and injects and you watch a dial show the medicine being injected. Hold it till the count of 5 afterwards and dispose of the pen. 

    The skin on my feet and hands was getting scaly and thick and cracking and very painful and I worried about getting infections or such. We thought it was fungus and tried several oral and topical cream treatments with no success. Then I tried a steroid cream which helped but never defeated it. The Dupixent samples knocked it out completely and just a hint of scale around my heels and center of my feet but it is light years ahead of where it was. 

   If you are still fighting it I'd reconsider. My dermatologist was amazed and even called his PA in to look at the change in such a short period. I had been fighting it nearly a year.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 22, 2021, 11:57:43 PM
  Pretty poor day for me. I had a skin doctor appointment (We think we have the answer to my Atopic Dermatitis on hand and feet- Dupixent to the Rescue)
WV,
My dermatologist called me into his office, last year, to offer Dupixent to me.  As I remember, it was shots every week or maybe every other week.  I told him no thanks.  No way was I driving 45 miles for a shot every two weeks.  Atopic Dermatitis is the main reason I don't saw away from home.
   In the winter, I usually take a mid day rinse off and change clothes.  In the summer, it is 2-3 rinse offs a day and same amount of clothes changes.  When I get a bad flareup, it is an epsom salt bath for me.  Usually it is manageable enough to just use CeraVe body lotion
hugs,  Brandi



Brandi,

   These shots were samples and they are like an epi-pen auto injector. You don't have to drive in - you can give them to yourself. I got another shot today and give myself another in 2 weeks. It starts off as a shot every 2 weeks but he said we may start stretching it out to every 3 then maybe every 4 weeks. I gave myself 2 shots here at home in the muscle of my thigh and it was a pretty straight-forward process. Take the pen out of the fridge about 45 minutes to let it warm up to room temp, remove the cap, press on the muscle till the yellow cap (about 1/2" long) is buried in the muscle then it clicks and injects and you watch a dial show the medicine being injected. Hold it till the count of 5 afterwards and dispose of the pen.

    The skin on my feet and hands was getting scaly and thick and cracking and very painful and I worried about getting infections or such. We thought it was fungus and tried several oral and topical cream treatments with no success. Then I tried a steroid cream which helped but never defeated it. The Dupixent samples knocked it out completely and just a hint of scale around my heels and center of my feet but it is light years ahead of where it was.

   If you are still fighting it I'd reconsider. My dermatologist was amazed and even called his PA in to look at the change in such a short period. I had been fighting it nearly a year.
Oh.  Guess I misunderstood.  I put a compound ointment on my ankles and feet once day.  If I don't, they itch.  I have had it on my ankles and calves for over 30 years.  I can't let sweat dry on my skin.  I will email my dermatologist right now.
Thanks & hugs,   Brandi
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Post by: terrifictimbersllc on March 23, 2021, 01:43:04 AM


Ps this response was meant to be in another thread.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 23, 2021, 03:51:19 PM
 
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 We finished our sawing this morning with another 504 bf. The last log was a good sized RO and returned the best wood of the whole trip. Mostly 1"X12"X12'. I'd pick up one end and my helper the other, I'd go to the stack and place my end down and let him slide his in and finish the stacking while i was already starting the next cut. We had to cut a couple of 14' -15' logs in two because of sweep. That gave us a better return.

  I packed up and brought the mill home and am scheduled to saw tomorrow 1 mile away then on Saturday for another repeat customer.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on March 23, 2021, 03:56:19 PM
Another barn siding job at Big Meadow Sawmill , white pine 1x8 and 1x10.
I have an extra hand for a few weeks .
The concrete guys are out of work for 2 week with mud season.
I will take the extra help, lots of things to saw , firewood , and things to build. 
I'm getting a little hesitaton with the clamp . Any ideas why ? Do I need to change the hydraulic filter ?
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 23, 2021, 04:47:50 PM
I'm getting a little hesitaton with the clamp
Hesitation with the hydraulic pump starting or hesitation after the pump is running?  Up/down, clamping, or both?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on March 23, 2021, 05:01:29 PM
I'm getting a little hesitaton with the clamp
Hesitation with the hydraulic pump starting or hesitation after the pump is running?  Up/down, clamping, or both?
After the pump is running and clamping only Sir
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 23, 2021, 05:22:26 PM
I was thinking rocker but I had to scratch that because the rockers activate the microswitch and you have already eliminated that.  The simple troubleshooting method is always to call Wood-Mizer.

I maybe could offer more help if I was looking at mine, but I'm not.
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Post by: forcemac on March 23, 2021, 09:48:49 PM
Fresh of my maiden cuts with my tiny 19Ē capacity Alaskan, my father in law scores about 7-8 oak and ash logs from someone clearing a residential lot.   Big logs.   Probably will keep me busy for rest of summer.   

However, there is a real monster oak in there.   Probably around 38-40Ē at small end, and 55Ē at flare.  I really would like to slab it, but I have to ruminate on it.   How would you cut it?  Slab? Quarter saw?  Or is it junk?


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 Yes 
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Post by: doc henderson on March 23, 2021, 09:57:34 PM
take some slabs near the center, and the outer edges will be quarter sawn.  then quarter saw the outside halves.  can you say, "I think we are gonna need a bigger bar?" :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: forcemac on March 23, 2021, 10:08:39 PM
take some slabs near the center, and the outer edges will be quarter sawn.  then quarter saw the outside halves.  can you say, "I think we are gonna need a bigger bar?" :D
Yeah big time.   This find scares me, I want to mill it, but totally lack the equipment....and am transfixed dreaming for something bigger.  Just keep telling myself baby steps.  

Was thinking this spring Iíd jump to a husky 395 or maybe 3120 for my 36Ē Alaskan and attack the smaller stuff.   But dreaming of an LT28 for the future but now maybe a Lucas makes more sense...there is a used DSM28 on the exchange.    Price seems fair compared to a quote from Baileyís (14k shipped+tax).



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Post by: Southside on March 23, 2021, 10:28:30 PM
@Bruno of NH (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=26349) if it's just the clamp then likely you have some wear on the linkage that activates that cylinder.  MM is right each of the levers activates the micro switch to turn on the pump, but then also each lever has a pin that activates that specific valve.  - It's been a while since I had to dive into the one on my 35 - but I had the same issue at one time.  Can't remember exactly what I did to fix it but after looking at how the pin interacts with the valve and the obvious wear mark that was different  than the other valves the adjustment / fix was pretty obvious.  I want to say I rotated something in there so the groove wasn't still in contact with the pin, but that was  few years back.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 24, 2021, 08:12:17 AM
Yes, that is where the problem is but I would need to be looking at it to describe what to do.  It should be a simple adjustment associated with the rocker.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LeeB on March 24, 2021, 12:04:15 PM
Sorta simple. Kinda a matter of trial and error to get it right and doesn't take much movement. 
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Post by: Bruno of NH on March 24, 2021, 04:50:00 PM
I found part of the problem. 
I found a small hydraulic leak in a fitting. I fixed it and filled it back up. It seams to have fixed it. I did order a new hydraulic filter and will change that as well.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 24, 2021, 08:57:48 PM
 
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I met at my 85 y/o neighbors at 9:00 am to saw these 14 logs. Nearly all 8' logs and he wanted 4/4 boards and dimensional 2X4. (We settled on 1-5/8"X3-5/8".) His grandson came up to help then later his son came to relieve the grandson. 

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A little after 4:00 pm with 3.9 engine hours on the mill we finished with 76 of the 2X4's and a bunch of boards up to 12" wide. Total yield (Counting the 2X4's as 1.5" X 3.5") was 1231 bf (just over 315 bf/engine hour) for a pretty good day's work.
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Post by: Patrick NC on March 24, 2021, 09:50:01 PM
That's great for less than 4 hours engine time. 
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Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 25, 2021, 09:56:39 AM
Patrick,

   Yeah it surprised me and I had to go back and check my numbers to verify them. As soon as we finished a log I'd shut the mill off and load the next one so no engine hours during the log handling phase. Being 8' long logs it did not take long to set them up for sawing and did not take much log turning to hit my marks and return finished boards. Also my customer is an old farmer and I'd throw a flitch on the loading arms to trim an inch of bark off one side and he'd pick it up and go put it on his stack saying it was fine for the barn lumber he wanted. Tally was pretty quick as we just counted the 2X4's then treated each row as a very wide 1"X8' board and the son measured as I recorded on a spreadsheet on my laptop which automatically tallied and priced the work. I used 2 bands all day and one had been used to saw the last RO at the previous customer site the day before. 
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Post by: donbj on March 25, 2021, 12:35:36 PM
 Nice work. Not to be nit picky but stickers should be in a vertical line directly in line with each other. Boards can be warped if stickers aren't placed properly. Just a suggestion.
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Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 25, 2021, 02:52:47 PM
  Yep they should. I was sawing. I cut up and placed the first row and explained how to put the next and went back to my mill. After that it is up to the customer and his helper. In all honesty these are not far enough out of line to cause problems and he will be using the wood in the next few weeks. The main purpose of even stickering it for such a short duration is to help keep it from mildewing - something yellow poplar is bad about doing. 

   BTW - we were using green stickers too since the customer had burned the dry ones he had from the last time I sawed for him.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 25, 2021, 08:16:17 PM
Yep they should. I was sawing. I cut up and placed the first row and explained how to put the next and went back to my mill. After that it is up to the customer and his helper.
I encounter the same situation quite frequently.  I show the customer what to do and may watch and make a reminder if they are getting crooked.  After that my job is to saw and his job is to sticker/stack.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on March 25, 2021, 09:32:58 PM
I've had a clamp lever get rotated and hit the lid limiting the stroke. Easy fix.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on March 26, 2021, 12:15:54 AM
 Yep they should. I was sawing. I cut up and placed the first row and explained how to put the next and went back to my mill. After that it is up to the customer and his helper. In all honesty these are not far enough out of line to cause problems and he will be using the wood in the next few weeks. The main purpose of even stickering it for such a short duration is to help keep it from mildewing - something yellow poplar is bad about doing.

   BTW - we were using green stickers too since the customer had burned the dry ones he had from the last time I sawed for him.
Right on. A mill I worked at in the past the owner would be all over that when he walked by the green chain. Would be more problematic there as they were stacked 4-5 bundles high. Went all automatic stickering and piling eventually, eliminating that problem. Cool machine to watch.
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Post by: Sixacresand on March 26, 2021, 08:47:24 AM
I sticker everything coming off the mill unless a customer is present loading lumber on his own truck.  The Customer expected to pickup lumber that afternoon or the next day just don't seem to show up.  Thus I have to restack/sticker so it don't ruin.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 26, 2021, 09:33:29 AM
Thankfully everything that I saw is at a customer's location, so the proper lumber care onus is always on him.  I have gone to a repeat customer's location and found lumber abandoned from years before.  It doesn't all get used regardless of how it was stacked.

Yes, I have an inherent responsibility to show and advise an inexperienced customer but beyond that I saws um and leaves um.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 26, 2021, 09:37:19 AM
   When I cut a custom order here at home, unless it appears the customer will pick it up almost immediately I will do an abbreviated stickering job - usually 3 stickers per row. The last job I cut here at home was 1X4's and I just flat stacked them on sawhorses as the customer was chomping at the bits to get them. He sent his son to get them within 24 hours of me calling them.

    On rare occasions when I saw a customer's logs with no helper and I have to stack and sticker the lumber I properly sticker it but charge more for doing so. I prefer to just saw and let the customer sticker. I provide advice but the responsibility rests with the customer. 
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Post by: richhiway on March 27, 2021, 12:12:42 PM
 
Back at it. Order for 3/4and 1" 1x10 and 12's(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210327_114906~1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1616861413)
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Post by: richhiway on March 27, 2021, 12:14:17 PM
 
 and a order for 150 live edge one inch boards for fencing. (https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210327_114922~1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1616861596)
 
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Post by: WV Sawmiller on March 27, 2021, 03:17:13 PM
 
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I loaded up last night and left to arrive at the customer site 16 miles away at 7:00 am to this stack of logs. Some pretty cherry and walnut and a decent oak or two (I did see the pith was 1/4 the way over from the side on one. We sawed for thin fence boards but that would have made it a good candidate for quarter sawing.) Had a scruffy maple, a couple of ash and several little locusts for 4X4 & 6X6 fence posts. The cherry & walnut were 5/4, the oak and ash 7/8".

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3.7 engine hours on the mill 3.13 gallons of gas used and 677 bf of lumber produced. We had just finished our tally when it started to sprinkle and I got home just in time to put up the mill and tools before a steady rain set it. Not a big job but one of my oldest customers. He is my lawyer and when I was setting up my business I gave him my contract to review, he said it was okay, did not charge me but did tell me when I got my mill he wanted me to come saw for him. I think this is the 4th time I've sawed for him.
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Post by: tule peak timber on March 27, 2021, 09:36:52 PM
Doug fir this morning using two forklifts
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 27, 2021, 09:48:16 PM
Oh wow Rob, that should qualify as a fatty.  And welcome back, missed you.  ;D
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Post by: doc henderson on March 27, 2021, 09:50:26 PM
We all missed you WOC!  love your posts and advice/information!
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Post by: Nebraska on March 27, 2021, 10:11:06 PM
 :)  Good to see the wizard in the village. 
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Post by: Bindian on March 27, 2021, 10:53:46 PM
WOC,
    About how much does that "fatty" weigh?
                 hugs,   Brandi
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Post by: terrifictimbersllc on March 28, 2021, 01:04:35 AM
Yes welcome back!!
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Post by: Patrick NC on March 28, 2021, 08:12:05 AM
 
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Some cedar I'm working on this weekend. These are some of the biggest cedars that I've ever seen. And solid straight through. No heart rot. (https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/59254/IMG_20210321_135005871.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1616933172)
 Its not often that you get one cedar tree that scales 250 bf. 
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Post by: samandothers on March 28, 2021, 09:05:35 AM
Nice looking cedar!  You find a bunch of nice looking cedar.  Casar must be the cedar capital of NC. ;D
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Post by: terrifictimbersllc on March 28, 2021, 10:30:43 AM
Remarkable Logs! I donít often see more than about 12 inch diameter ERC up here.
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Post by: doc henderson on March 28, 2021, 10:56:34 AM
very nice.  yes you get a bigger one only to find a thousand ants inside.
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Post by: Bandmill Bandit on March 28, 2021, 11:30:38 AM
That is some nice cedar. It looks to me like the ERC trees do not get to the huge stuff we see in WRC trees. There are some monsters in BC. A few standing in a park in Sicamous probably have about a 12 foot trunk maybe biggar. 24"+ is not uncommon.      
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on March 28, 2021, 11:33:40 AM
Quote
Doug fir this morning using two forklifts
Nice logs! I never hauled logs like that, but more than once when I drove semi I would have loads that would max out the lifting capacity of the machines the customer had to unload. They would line up on each side of the trailer, and lift with full power. As long as they could get the load 3 or 4 inches off the deck, I could then drive out from underneath and it would be safely off the trailer. If it was to be unloaded with a crane, I would park up close to the crane base, as that's where the lifting power would be strongest.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 28, 2021, 01:35:14 PM
I think that ERC is really a juniper, so quite large compared to bonsai trees.   :)  

Juniperus virginiana - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniperus_virginiana)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 28, 2021, 03:46:13 PM
We have a mix of ERC and what I call Mountain Juniper.  East Texas has ERC and the Hill Country has Mountain Juniper.  Mountain Juniper is always sold under the name...........Cedar.  Majority of fence posts in the Hill Country (and my place) are Mountain Juniper.
Texas A&M Forest Service - Trees of Texas - List of Trees (http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/TreeDetails/?id=53)
My squirrels have stripped my piles of posts of all the bark to line their nests.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 123maxbars on March 28, 2021, 04:49:17 PM
I just sawed up a nice crotch Black Walnut that was saved from the Gatlinburg fires of 2016. See video below, 30in wide slabs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ7c2MOK5jQ&t=634s
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 28, 2021, 07:56:45 PM
I'm gonna max out my saw on walnut that's been around for several years tomorrow.  Though it only takes 25" to max the LT15.  It will be big enough though.  This is gonna be a summer of sawing walnut.  I've got lots of logs to saw.  The power feed can't get here too soon.
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Post by: Larry on March 28, 2021, 10:04:55 PM
123, that walnut has shake in it and will get worse as it dries.  Can you sell a slab with that kind of defect? 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 123maxbars on March 28, 2021, 10:24:56 PM
123, that walnut has shake in it and will get worse as it dries.  Can you sell a slab with that kind of defect?
yeah noticed that also before sawing, the shake didn't go all the way up I don't think and also with the way these young woodworkers now a days love epoxy they are asking for defects in slabs instead of stable ones, crazy how that have gotten, 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on March 29, 2021, 02:35:31 PM
White fir this morning. I like white fir because it is very stable and I can also color it to meet most customers demands as millwork. We take slabs from the centers and cut building material from the rest for roofing planks and structural sticks.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on March 29, 2021, 04:50:53 PM
Set the mill up this morning so I can run the hydraulics when the mill head is anyplace on the rail.
This was a test hook up.
I will put the battery in a box and shorten the cables and add standard clamps.
At night a automatic charger will be hooked up. The cables enter the bottom of the pump box and hook to the ground and power with the proper connections.  
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: mudfarmer on March 29, 2021, 06:13:47 PM
Supposed to be cutting 2x6 for someone else (my logs) ó could not do it this one made two nice 6x8 posts out of the cant and I will go get some other log from the pile   :(


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on March 29, 2021, 10:08:27 PM
Set the mill up this morning so I can run the hydraulics when the mill head is anyplace on the rail.

John and I recently did this to our mill.  He and I have been busy with other endeavors over the past week and a half but this should make for a much more efficient operation.  It galls me to have to bring the carriage all the way back to un-clamp the bottom boards and drop the loading arms.  We have several orders to fill as soon as we have time and I look forward to this modification.  
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Post by: JRWoodchuck on March 29, 2021, 10:24:28 PM
Man Tule thatís a large white fir! Do the ones down south stink like the ones up here in the north? A bit like pee
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on March 29, 2021, 10:33:41 PM
Man Tule thatís a large white fir! Do the ones down south stink like the ones up here in the north? A bit like pee
In the Northern California it smelled worse than pee!  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on March 30, 2021, 06:20:08 AM
Yes,this type of fir stinks and the sawdust causes an allergic reaction for me.It has terrific stability though and the discomfort is worth the price. White fir is great for box beams, takes finishes well, and the logs are relatively inexpensive.Is it my favorite wood? Heck no ! :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: boonesyard on March 30, 2021, 10:48:10 AM
Cut some very nice live edge flame boxelder last weekend that maxed out the saw width, the most figure wood we've cut to date. Very solid and no rot (which is rare for boxelder this old) and the slabs included flame, birds-eye, curl, crotch figure, solid bark inclusions and spalting. Should make for some beautiful projects.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: JRWoodchuck on March 30, 2021, 11:55:09 AM
Just checking didnít want to get to offensive with my words on the smells of white fir...
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Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 30, 2021, 07:17:22 PM
Dang, I want some boxelder to mill.  It's everywhere along the rivers here, but I just can't get ahold of any.  Maybe I need to approach a farmer and see if hed let me cut some.  I live 1/4 mile from a river that's lined with it.

For now I have to make do with walnut.  Didn't mill any today, but did stack and sticker it under my deck which I'm sitting on right now.  I love the smell of walnut as it permeates through the deck boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 31, 2021, 02:06:41 AM
Cutting more forty-eight inch 4x4 cribbing for my local welding shop owner.  
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 He uses it for blocking loads of completed welded projects on semi trucks.  It's a "nevertobeseenagain" type of thing.

I trade it out for welding jobs that are beyond my welding skills.  Otherwise, when I need a silk purse and not a sow's ear.
           hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on March 31, 2021, 08:01:25 AM
I'd say that you are making a very wise business deal.  smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 31, 2021, 08:13:23 AM
One of the guys who works for me is a very good welder.  He tried to show me how to do it and I was dreadful at it.  I can't understand how he sees what he's doing.  I would gladly trade some 4x4's for good welding when I needed it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 31, 2021, 12:08:38 PM
I'd say that you are making a very wise business deal.  smiley_thumbsup
Lynn,
          It is an ongoing deal, so it is even better.  For years he did stuff for me and I would ask, how much.  He always said it was nothing to worry about.  At least now, I don't worry about it.
        hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 31, 2021, 12:18:14 PM
One of the guys who works for me is a very good welder.  He tried to show me how to do it and I was dreadful at it.  I can't understand how he sees what he's doing.  I would gladly trade some 4x4's for good welding when I needed it.
FFOntheSide,
           I only weld on stuff that won't be highway use or look great at resale.   When I asked the guys on a welding forum about seeing the work, they told me to get better lighting.
Sometimes I think I am doing great, only to have welded off to the side.  Kinda like writing, back in school, and going below the line.  Was welding up a lawnmower pivot bracket once and thought it was good.  Until I flipped the helmet up to see I welded the rod end swivel also.  Tossed that in the scrap metal bucket. 
Kinda like making a sawdust pile bigger than your lumber pile!
                   hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 31, 2021, 12:47:39 PM
Lol.  I think I'll probably just stick to wood and leave the steel work to pros, unless it just involves drilling and bolting.  I can do that, its more like woodworking.

I went out today to do a little routine maintenance on the mill this morning.  When I went to adjust one of the bolts and jam nuts for the blade guide I discovered it was gone.  Guy at WM told me that particular one wasn't terribly important, but I feel like it wasn't good it was missing.  Gotta make a stop at the hardware store to see if I can find one instead of ordering from WM.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on March 31, 2021, 01:23:16 PM
Lol.  I think I'll probably just stick to wood and leave the steel work to pros, unless it just involves drilling and bolting.  I can do that, its more like woodworking.

I went out today to do a little routine maintenance on the mill this morning.  When I went to adjust one of the bolts and jam nuts for the blade guide I discovered it was gone.  Guy at WM told me that particular one wasn't terribly important, but I feel like it wasn't good it was missing.  Gotta make a stop at the hardware store to see if I can find one instead of ordering from WM.
The problem is, I like melting metal as much as making sawdust.  I got more diverse projects that Carter's has little liver pills. 
Check and tighten everything.  Did you pick up a new vibration?  Didn't you just change engines?
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on March 31, 2021, 03:35:02 PM
Yes, new engine a couple months ago.  I just finished going thru everything.  Re-aligned the blade guides.  Checked all the other bolts and jam nuts.  I backed the blade roller guides off and reset them to make sure they were both pushing down on the blade correctly.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 31, 2021, 08:30:23 PM
I have 2 diopter reading lenses in my Jackson auto dark helmet.   :P
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LeeB on March 31, 2021, 10:33:57 PM
I have 2 diopter reading lenses in my Jackson auto dark helmet.   :P
Did you order it that way or it an add on? I need the same.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on March 31, 2021, 10:47:34 PM
Airgas carries them and they clip on the back/interior of the auto dark module.  made just for it.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 01, 2021, 07:21:57 AM
I have a 1.50 in mine. 

Funny thing was Marty came over to do some welding and thought that he was going blind.  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 01, 2021, 09:28:07 PM
I sawed SYP and Tulip Poplar for a many times repeat customer today.  Small job with only 8 logs.

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The Red Oak closer to the camera will be firewood.

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1083bf of SYP framing lumber and Poplar 1X4's & 1X10's.  Just s neat little 5 hour job.

I have a 76 mile one day job and then a 2 day local job that I hope to be able to knock out next week; both are sawing SYP framing lumber.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on April 02, 2021, 05:44:18 PM
Good work MM. 
Today was a day to catch up on a little sawing. Last week I volunteered at a livestock show so no paying work was done. 
This morning a guy came by to pick up some 4x4s and 1x6ís that I sawed yesterday after work. This morning John came over and we unloaded the kiln, stacked some Pecan slabs on our racks and hauled the rest to the local hardwood store. When I got home from the hardwood store there were two customers waiting. Sold and surfaced a slab and a few small cedar slabs. Just finished sawing a small cypress order. I spent more time fishing an appropriate sized log out of the pond than I did sawing it. Tomorrow Iíll probably get to sawing pine 2x4ís (they are now worth sawing and selling). 

I cut this log in half and sawed 12 1x8ís and put
The bigger half back in the pond for another day.(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/22883/C91996D5-7A88-423E-9C37-C3B8D1BE5186.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1617399007)
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on April 04, 2021, 07:24:22 PM
 
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 These walnut trees have been dead and off the ground for probably 20 years and still look solid. Cut a branch off and itís rock solid 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 04, 2021, 09:08:57 PM
we got a little walnut, and Dr. Hagley @Cardiodoc (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=51488) got to spend time with his daughter.  she turned out to be a good helper and enjoyed hangin with us.  weird kid!    :)


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on April 04, 2021, 11:03:17 PM
we got a little walnut, and Dr. Hagley @Cardiodoc (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=51488) got to spend time with his daughter.  she turned out to be a good helper and enjoyed hangin with us.  weird kid!    :)
She's a smart kid too, the only one with a brain bucket. ;D
 Man, that's a nice chunk of walnut there with a lot of possibilities.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: redbeard on April 05, 2021, 01:59:50 PM
 
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madrone slab 2-1/2" x 28" x 10' they had some nice spalt could be some dead spalt due too tree was failing. Reason the customer took it down.
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The (https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/22539/PXL_20210403_223051195.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1617645715)
The stump was a long process cleaning and preparing it for milling
Lots of rocks.
Was going too slice it into cookies but I saw a really interesting table that took shape.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on April 06, 2021, 03:30:20 PM
New brushes in hydraulic pump today and cleaned up my extra battery hookup to the hydraulic pump.
Heavy wire with crimped ends. Then shrink wrapped.
Battery box with quick connect charging leads. 
Sawed blanks for oxen yokes and 1/2" x 12 x12 pine. Then back to framing lumber.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 06, 2021, 04:40:33 PM
Doc,

   If I send out my 15 y/o granddaughter do you think your buddy can do a transfusion or something to make her want to come help stack lumber too? :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on April 06, 2021, 05:48:26 PM
 
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Sawed up some Hemlock 2x6 and built two heavy duty saw horses to support a roller table for the slab wood. Spring has sprung and it was a beautiful day in upstate New York.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on April 06, 2021, 07:07:36 PM

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Sawed up some Hemlock 2x6 and built two heavy duty saw horses to support a roller table for the slab wood. Spring has sprung and it was a beautiful day in upstate New York.
Overachiever! :D ;D :D ;D
 They look great, much nicer than mine. 
 And yes, it was a lovely day up here in Ulster County too!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on April 06, 2021, 08:24:18 PM
Well braced, Rich :D. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Greyhound on April 07, 2021, 04:52:32 PM
I had a sawyer out Mon/Tues to saw up a bunch of poplars into framing lumber (2x4, 2x6... 2x12, 4x4, 4x6's,  8'-16').  That should keep me supplied for many years to come.  First project once air dried will be a solar kiln.  Obviously not for real building as they are do not meet code, but it seems like we are always grabbing a couple 2x4 etc. for little projects around the farm.  We also made a bunch of stickers and sawed up a couple small red maple logs and cherry crotch.  Good times.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 07, 2021, 05:04:36 PM
 @caveman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=12883) I've not sawed any cypress, but there's someone local selling a half a dozen logs.  He says they are between 12 and 18" diameter.  I"m thinking about trying to get them.  When you saw the cypress do you box the heart or ignore the heart.  I have used a lot of cypress and would like to have it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 07, 2021, 05:10:30 PM
Greyhound,

   Good looking lumber. You are right about the lumber. You always need a stockpile of lumber laying around on a farm or such. I have gotten spoiled owning a mill because if I need a board and don't have the one I want I just go make it. I'm betting you will get many years of use and enjoyment out of this investment. Take good care of it and get it stacked and stickered and dried soon and properly and you may soon realize how much more you need and call the guy back.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on April 07, 2021, 05:51:00 PM
@caveman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=12883) I've not sawed any cypress, but there's someone local selling a half a dozen logs.  He says they are between 12 and 18" diameter.  I"m thinking about trying to get them.  When you saw the cypress do you box the heart or ignore the heart.  I have used a lot of cypress and would like to have it.
Hope it's not the same guy with the Butternut log. :)
Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 07, 2021, 06:39:09 PM
Lol.  I hope so too.  I'm gonna call him in a moment, so we will know soon enough.  I saw pictures this time and it sure looks like cypress.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on April 07, 2021, 09:53:25 PM
There are some here who have sawed a lot more cypress than we have but it generally is an easy sawing wood but it will clog your dust chute, especially if you still have the blade catcher safety fingers.  You will probably want to clear it after every cut or so.

We normally level the pith unless there is heart rot and then we saw parallel to the bark and keep working around the void for the most yield.  Also, as with most, we try to keep the center of the log balanced left to right in the cant
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 .We usually use 7į or 4į blades and they cut cypress well but if cypress was all that we sawed, we would use a higher degree blade and saw faster.  This cant was cut with 10į on our 25hp lt-28 and it only took 12 seconds or so to saw a 1x12 if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 09, 2021, 09:58:23 PM
 
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A customer came by 2 days ago and put down a deposit on 60-16'X2"X10" tulip poplar boards. I called my former/sometimes customer and he scheduled us to cut today. We cut what he had then went and cut one more tree and he dragged the 33' butt log to the mill site and we finished the order with 5 left over.

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In the process we generated 150 -8' 2"X4" which the customer indicated he would want in the future. I called the customer tonight when I got home and he asked me to turn on my delivery guy (a farmer neighbor with a gooseneck equipment trailer and truck) and said he'd take the 2X4's now too so tentative we are scheduled to pick it all up and deliver Thursday. 

   The farmer with the logs provides the helper and himself and they are the best helpers I have had. I sawed for/with them back in October and this is working out very well for all of us so far. He has a big Kubota tractor with forks. I arrived and started set up at 7:00 am, we finished cutting about 2560 bf or so and I was pack up and pulling out at 7:15 pm. It is 26.5 miles away so I got home and disconnected the mill before dark. I see we put 8.2 engine hours on the mill, looks like we used about 6.5 gallons of gas.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Cjross73 on April 10, 2021, 05:39:35 PM
My first paying mobile job. I could get used to someone else offbearing and stacking.  950 bd ft in about 6 hrs 1X SYP
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on April 10, 2021, 06:54:46 PM
Nice looking lumber,Howard. Putting in the work!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on April 10, 2021, 07:12:53 PM
My first paying mobile job. I could get used to someone else offbearing and stacking.  950 bd ft in about 6 hrs 1X SYP
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Don't forget cleaning up and taking care of the slabs
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KWood255 on April 10, 2021, 09:09:48 PM
Black ash logs here in NW Ontario. One of only a few hardwoods we have. After cutting this live edge slab, I turned it into a bar top for the shop. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 10, 2021, 10:46:07 PM
I'll be sawing as much of this stuff as I can get my hands on. 


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on April 11, 2021, 05:06:45 AM
 
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Logs unloading at the port in Cairns... Wet season means smaller lifts due to mud up north.

But this lot will keep the girl fed until the end of May and by then the ground might be firmer.

Sometimes I wish I could get the barge to unload locally... save me a road transport leg and shake a few preconceived notions loose. But my local river doesn't have enough depth for that size vessel. Oh well...
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on April 11, 2021, 06:46:58 PM
Sawing some WRC for a neighbor. This is the butt piece. Sound right through. Made beautiful boards. This tree and a good size Doug Fir.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KWood255 on April 11, 2021, 09:14:23 PM
A few more black ash live edge slabs today. We donít have very many hardwood options here, but these are among my favourites. Average width is about 13-14Ē.  
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: quadracutter222 on April 12, 2021, 12:48:06 AM
Finished up a fence order and a small bit of cedar
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Some nice cedar logs left over
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Got the last of the bottom slabs aussie re-sawn and up for sale
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A new custom cut customer came in with some logs too.  Two of these logs are not like the others! White pines
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Gere Flewelling on April 12, 2021, 08:05:50 AM
Donbj- Like that JD 5300.  I have one just like it.  Likely the most useful tractor for small wood lot and yard work made in my opinion.  Nice looking logs as well.  GF
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on April 12, 2021, 03:41:33 PM
Donbj- Like that JD 5300.  I have one just like it.  Likely the most useful tractor for small wood lot and yard work made in my opinion.  Nice looking logs as well.  GF
Thanks. They are nice units. The hydraulics are very strong. I got this  around 1997-98 or there about. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on April 13, 2021, 07:36:15 AM
Got 2 weekends in on the pavilion at camp. Using the lumber we sawed from the property this winter. Its been a fun project, and the grandkids have been involved from felling the trees to construction. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Durvin Wick on April 13, 2021, 07:39:31 AM
 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 15, 2021, 01:06:43 PM
one of my ED doc buddies and his dad Steve, a retired aeronautics engineer, came over from Wichita with an ERC log.  Had promised 4 years ago, so finally had a time with a trailer and time off for us young guys.  


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 15, 2021, 01:11:03 PM
One of my BSA moms and dads Barb and Steve, needed a mantle so came to look at wood.  After a decision, we decided to throw it on the mill, as to not prolong or make it any more difficult than necessary.  Steve was one of my Walnut sap collectors this past winter, so I guess I owed him.  


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never let a good deed go unpunished!  had fun, and found some buried treasure.  silver (colored) bolt!   8) 8) 8) :D :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LeeB on April 15, 2021, 02:45:14 PM
Milled three white oak and two walnut 'logs' for a lady Tuesday. No help available and a lot of chainsaw work. Had to move one of the walnuts with my truck to get it on the mill. I worked hourly so didn't get an accurate BF tally. It was approx. 180 bf of walnut and a little over 200 bf of white oak. Total of 4 hours. I told the lady how much I charged per hour before I even brought the mill in. When I was done she was up at the house and I let hr know it was 4 hours. She came down and handed me some bills and said there was a little bit extra. I stuck it in my pocket and never looked. When I got home and looked, she had given me 2 1/2 times what was owed. I called her and let her know this was way too much but she refuses to take any back. I am really surprised because the day started out as a disaster. Got there and went to set up. When I tried the hydraulics they were no go. Tracked that down to the positive contactor to the strip rail. Brushed it up and got that going. Put a band on and no spin. Had the motor running and couldn't hear if the auto clutch was engaging or not. Killed the motor and could hear the auto clutch working so figured it was the belt. Took the covers of and discovered the turnbuckle had somehow unscrew. Got all that back together and all went ok from there. I was thoroughly embarrassed by all this and figured she would send me packing. A simple setup had ended up being 2 1/2 hours of trouble shooting and repairs. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 15, 2021, 05:12:59 PM
Lee,

   Congrats on the first rate customer. They are out there and the bad ones make us forget about them.

    I went with a neighbor to transport the load of lumber we cut Friday. We got there and had to juggle the load a little as the landowners FEL would not pick up one load but no big problem and all went well. My transport friend stopped at a local store next to a milling operation and the landowner pulled in right behind for gas. Evidently the store/mill site owner was a friend and the landowner had to take him out and show him the 2500 bf or so of lumber on the trailer and razzed him a little telling him "We cut all that in one day". When we pulled out he was still joking with the other guy. To the other miller's credit I really did have good support and best tailgunners ever. Even my transport driver commented on how neat the slab pile was and he was even more impressed when me moved a couple of 16' 2X10's. We ended up unloading by hand but the couple were so friendly and appreciative it was still a pleasure. Its great to have a good lo supplier/helper, transport (Paid by customer) and great customers who appreciate the product and workmanship. Kind of reminds me why I got into this line of work. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Greyhound on April 15, 2021, 08:00:20 PM
I had some poplar logs (~1800 bf int.) milled into framing lumber.  Hoping to build a solar kiln in the fall with it.  Some day I'll buy a mill, but not right now, used mills are rare as hens teeth and prices are crazy high, and lead times on new mills are well into 2022. 

This is obviously an old picture and it is probably only 1/2 to total we milled last week. 

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Almost done, needs covering and weights on top, will do tomorrow am.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 15, 2021, 08:47:14 PM
A few days ago I responded to an ad for free eastern red cedar logs.  Today I went to get them.  I thought I would get them all in one trip, but I underestimated how big and long they were.  My dad also came and brought his truck and little trailer.  We put 5 logs about 8' long in his trailer and then my trailer had 4 logs that were between 16 and 18' and around 18" diameter.  That was all we got on the first trip.  We made a second trip and loaded my trailer again and got all the logs.  Some of these have some heart rot, but will still yield a lot of lumber.  Some of these are the biggest ERC I've seen around here.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on April 17, 2021, 04:58:27 PM
A guy that runs a LT-35 showed up today with a walnut he couldn't slab.

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Still had to trim it down a little for my mill.  Hank put his paw of approval on the 32" wide slabs.  I would love to have that slab with the crack!!!

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I'm no longer the big dog, as WM Wide's and TK-2020's have been invading.  For those looking at a new mill wide throats will pay dividends!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on April 17, 2021, 06:14:05 PM
I like the boss 👍. Looks great. Did you cut them at 2.5 or 3Ē
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on April 17, 2021, 07:28:21 PM
My customer told me 3-1/4" thick.  He makes custom bar's and uses douglas fir roots for the legs.  The douglas fir comes from somewhere around Jackson Hole.  They are gorgeous and really unique.  I meet the most interesting folks running my sawmill.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 17, 2021, 09:05:58 PM
   I sawed about 1700 bf of tulip poplar today. Some 4X6 posts, some 2X8's 20' long, but mostly 2X8 & 2X4 full thickness. Nothing less than 2" thick. The customer's whole family seemed to be helping. Wife brought sausage & biscuits then hot dogs for lunch. 2 grandsons, one gd, daughter & SIL. They are all interested and lots of fun to teach and spend the day with. I should finish tomorrow.

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Starting log pile.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: 123maxbars on April 17, 2021, 10:33:06 PM
nice job @WV Sawmiller (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28064) I will be sawing poplar all this week,

fine a lot of stress in those smaller ones? only thing I dislike about sawing pop, the juvenile wood likes to talk back just like a teenager,  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 02:36:10 AM
There's a little tulip around, but I don't get my hands on much of it. Would like to get more of it. That's a nice whack.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on April 18, 2021, 06:40:30 AM
Small yellow poplar around here are loaded with stress.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 10:13:11 AM
All the tulip I've sawn was decent size. 18" and up. It was well behaved, except for a big live edged slab that split down the middle.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 18, 2021, 10:20:51 AM
I once had a customer that wanted four 6X6's out of an 18" Poplar.  I said no, and he asked why?  I told him why, and he said do it.  I said no, and he insisted....... 

He got exactly what he asked for....... :-X
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 11:34:04 AM
I'll be sawing four 8x8s out of one log later today. It'll be ewp, so it'll actually work.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on April 18, 2021, 02:50:11 PM
I'll be sawing four 8x8s out of one log later today. It'll be ewp, so it'll actually work.  :)
You hope....
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 03:45:02 PM
Only time it didn't work was a very off-center pith oval log growing out of a hill at a 45į angle. I got 9 7x7s, and they wouldn't clean up to 6x6. I've split 15x15x47' before, no problems. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on April 18, 2021, 04:04:09 PM
Dave; don't tell anyone where you're pulling down trees that big. 
Wow!
. .  and those are local to you trees?
Have you got a photo of the tree that will give you a 15x15x47' cant/timber?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 05:28:47 PM
2 miles from my house, five miles from the mill.


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Logs 13 miles from home. Mill 30 miles. 52' 12x12.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 18, 2021, 08:22:42 PM
  I went back to finish the job today. About 1/2 mile from the site I saw a home with about a dozen or so logs (turned out to be red spruce the owner claims his dad planted 75 years ago) in the yard. The owner was walking back with his morning newspaper so I stopped and asked if he was sawing the logs - he was - and if he needed a sawyer - No, he had a good local sawyer he knew lined out but he thanked me for stopping by. He asked where I was sawing and I told him and he knew and liked my customer.

I went on and finished the job. Another family affair and really almost too much fun to call it work. Yesterday the customer was worried he would not have enough logs but I assured him we did. We finally assigned his daughter and gd bookkeeper duties to tell us where we stood with completion of the cut list. That was a great idea and worked out fabulously! The logs were in no order so it was hard to keep up with what we had finished and remaining. The lady would tell me as we pulled up each new log what we needed of each length. Her husband and kids were our helpers and her dad was the customer. Near the end of the job she kept looking at the slab pile and discussed making some live edge slabs. They discussed what thickness for shelves and I said it depended on bracing and expected weight but 1" was common and I discussed using 2X cut into 90* triangles as braces and a 2-4 inch board to attach to the wall. Finally she asked me to saw an ugly 12' top into one LE side boards. I cut a flat spot off the top, rotated 90* against the sides, cut 3 1" LE boards from about 6-8 inches wide. Then I picked it up on the clamp and spun it 180 degrees, put the same back against the side and sawed 3 more one sided LE 4/4 boards. They were very impressed with the technique and the yield. She had planned to send her daughter back for her purse and check book but I told her a log that size was chump change to saw and I'd throw it in but she insisted. When I told her it would only be a few dollars they decided they had that so I sawed the LE boards then 5-8' 2X4's and grabbed some 2" thick scrap out of the slab pile, I gang clamped 5-6 pieces, sawed 2 passes to get 1X2 strips very much like cutting stacking stickers.

Total yield for customer 3061 bf - $995. Daughter got 63 bf -$20. The oldest grandson kept pointing to the good and saying "PawPaw, I can't believe you get this much wood for $1,000. Do you know what Lowes would charge for that?" Everyone was happy and it was a very good job.


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     Final yield - 1456 bf today, total nearly 3200 bf for 2 days.

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Final log stack after cutting everything on the list. The customer said he offered them to a neighbor who may come get them and call me. I told him I'd be glad to saw right where they are and he had made the same proposal. We will see. We started with about 60+ and I count about 14 left.

I came home and unloaded with plenty of daylight left. Now it is time for the 850 hour service. I heard and smelled a belt so will be closely checking the alternator (Last time one went was very similar) or drive belt.

 Oh BTW - the old neighbor with the Red Spruce came over to talk and visit too.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 18, 2021, 08:29:29 PM
2 miles from my house, five miles from the mill.



 

 

 

Logs 13 miles from home. Mill 30 miles. 52' 12x12.


 

 


Dave,
       I am confused.   I thought extended length Woodmizers couldn't be moved.  But it looks like you are towing your mill from place to place.  Please straighten me out.
               hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on April 18, 2021, 08:29:55 PM
Started multiple weekend mobile job yesterday. Customer had a lot cleared to build his retirement home and wants to saw the logs into framing lumber. Mostly tulip poplar, a little maple, and some white oak. He is 67 years old and not in the best shape, so he paid extra for me to provide labor and a tractor. Most of his logs were not bucked to length and covered in mud. Spent a lot of time cleaning logs. Worked 17 hours the last 2 days and got 3100 bf. 2x6s,8s, and 10s. Mostly 14' long. Also a bunch of 1x random width. Total mill time was 11 hours. 
 There was one short beech log that he wanted cut at the end of the day today. 
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it sawed easy, but moved around like a snake. Had some nice figure in it though. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 18, 2021, 08:40:00 PM
Been cutting bunches of 2x6s and 2x4s, from 8 feet up to 16 feet. 
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  Having fun in retirement.
Almost have two customers lumber ready for pickup this week.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 08:45:53 PM
2 miles from my house, five miles from the mill.



 

 

 

Logs 13 miles from home. Mill 30 miles. 52' 12x12.


 

 


Dave,
       I am confused.   I thought extended length Woodmizers couldn't be moved.  But it looks like you are towing your mill from place to place.  Please straighten me out.
               hugs,  Brandi
Two different setups. One is my mill and extension cutging 47'. The other is a different mill with my 24' and another 12' extension cutting 52', with 57' total capacity. Every move is a break down and reassembly. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 18, 2021, 08:49:41 PM
2 miles from my house, five miles from the mill.



 

 

 

Logs 13 miles from home. Mill 30 miles. 52' 12x12.


 

 


Dave,
       I am confused.   I thought extended length Woodmizers couldn't be moved.  But it looks like you are towing your mill from place to place.  Please straighten me out.
               hugs,  Brandi
Two different setups. One is my mill and extension cutging 47'. The other is a different mill with my 24' and another 12' extension cutting 52', with 57' total capacity. Every move is a break down and reassembly.
How long does it take to break it down and to set it up?
          hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 18, 2021, 09:21:55 PM
You could split the extension and have the axle back under the mill in a couple hours. It has stationary legs that have to come off. Setting up on a new slab, aligning, and drilling new anchors is probably an all day affair. I spent three hours today realigning and setting more anchors and then checking bed to band alignment. People ask me if I have a portable mill. Only if you can move a 60' long, 25 ton slab without breaking it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on April 18, 2021, 09:58:40 PM
2 miles from my house, five miles from the mill.


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Logs 13 miles from home. Mill 30 miles. 52' 12x12.

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Pretty impressive 👍
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 19, 2021, 03:52:40 PM
I'll be sawing four 8x8s out of one log later today. It'll be ewp, so it'll actually work.  :)
As promised. 4-8x8. Flat and square as can be. Could have made 4-10x10, with a little wane.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on April 19, 2021, 07:11:18 PM
Nice work Dave, and thanks for the photos of the long sticks.
So, with @bindian at 27x 2x4's and you at 4x 8x8's - there's whole lotta squeezing the log for the most bf. 
Who's the winner?  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 19, 2021, 08:25:58 PM
 
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 I threw this muddy ash log I salvaged while cutting some next years firewood about 60 yards from the house. looked to solid to waste on firewood. I cut 3- 1X10's to finish a customers order and the rest into 1X1 strips I will cut in half for 2 tomato stakes out of each. I started with a used blade and the extra mud sent it diving after 2'. I replaced the blade and it worked fine.

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 Sawed a second similar log into tomato stakes. Note my new process I picked up from Rich to load the slabs/edgings on the tractor forks and the lumber on sawhorse to be picked up later. I am liking this and think it will be my new standard practice. I am finding it is much easier to turn around and put the slab on the forks and slide the lumber off on the sawhorses then haul the slabs away when I get done or get a load and come back and pick up the lumber.
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 After I moved the boards I still have about 120 sticks or 240 future tomato stakes. 

   When I finished I had 849.8 hours on the mill so did my 850 hour service. Before I started sawing I checked on the belt smell I got yesterday. Turned out the alternator belt was loose and had twisted. I put it back and tightened and called WM Pa and they added a replacement to a box of bands I'd ordered this morning. Should all be here tomorrow.

   I called the customer to let him know his order was ready. I had forgotten he wanted 8' and turns out he can't store the 10' so I'll throw them on the RAS and trim even the excess I usually leave. Won't take but a couple minutes to do that. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 19, 2021, 10:42:08 PM
Nice work Dave, and thanks for the photos of the long sticks.
So, with @bindian at 27x 2x4's and you at 4x 8x8's - there's whole lotta squeezing the log for the most bf.
Who's the winner?  :D
Heck,
       If I had known it was a contest, I would have put that 38 inch log on the mill.  After bibbying with my new 461 Stihl.
                       hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 19, 2021, 11:02:54 PM
put a walnut log on the mill.  right at 36 inch diameter.  @Cardiodoc (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=51488) and I got this a few weeks ago with his daughter.  


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quite a few 2 inch slabs.  some crotch figure near on end of the wood.  did well despite a big rot pocket and a couple nails
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on April 20, 2021, 05:28:49 AM
Doesnt look like that blade was any worse for the metal.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 20, 2021, 08:04:24 AM
i agree.  sawed flat and not much change in set.  so we finished the log and made another 5 slabs after.  it will be changed before the next log, unless it is dirty then I may chance opening the cant with this blade then a new one for the boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 21, 2021, 08:01:31 PM
   I'm beginning to feel like I should apply for a MM award for traveling. I tentatively confirmed a job in Charleston WV, 89 miles from here, Saturday morning for a repeat customer up there. It looks like it is only 4-5 logs and they are in the 5' range. I think the biggest is 24" although he may have a 36" log he is talking about splitting with a chainsaw before I get there. It will obviously be a minimum fee applied job. Now I just got an e-mail from a guy 112 miles from here wanting me to come do about a one day job at a campground they are opening for Memorial Day weekend. He needs to build some cabins and sleeping decks/porches and such and wanted me to come saw Saturday and Sunday. I told him I can figure on leaving Charleston then go west about 90 miles to his site and camp there a night or two as needed. I'll get my mill and tent set up Saturday and if time permits we will saw a couple of hours. Then I will come back home Sunday night or Monday making a big triangle trip. This will be the first time I ever overnighted on a mobile job. My big concern now is if the weather will cooperate. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on April 22, 2021, 08:47:46 AM
Hey, if you want a long haul job, come on down here to Alabama and I'll get you to saw some of my logs.  I can pay you with a fishing trip or food.   :D :D  I don't have any money, I spent it all on the sawmill. :D :D

Here's some sassafras I cut yesterday.  Some nice clean boards, taking 16" off.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 22, 2021, 09:02:41 AM
got a burr or pin oak from the tree service working down the street.  gave them a couple slabs.  


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 22, 2021, 09:48:33 AM
YH,

   Thanks for the offer. First time I have ever been asked to "Saw for food." :D

    I found a pair of old classmates have a son there at Huntsville and he is a woodworker so I told her to tell him to come see you and ask for his 50% War Eagle discount. ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on April 22, 2021, 10:11:04 AM
An Auburn discount?  Only if they wear a Crimson Tide hat.   :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 22, 2021, 11:02:23 AM
 Only if they wear a Crimson Tide hat.   :D :D
Is that better than an Aggie hat? ;)
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 22, 2021, 12:12:50 PM
Brandi,

   If he comes in with an Aggie hat Robert probably wouldn't even sell him the sawdust. I probably would not either. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: RAYAR on April 22, 2021, 01:57:29 PM
Hey, if you want a long haul job, come on down here to Alabama and I'll get you to saw some of my logs.  I can pay you with a fishing trip or food.   :D :D  I don't have any money, I spent it all on the sawmill. :D :D

I figured you would've said you spent it all on fishing gear. :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 22, 2021, 02:35:07 PM
Brandi,

   If he comes in with an Aggie hat Robert probably wouldn't even sell him the sawdust. I probably would not either. :D
Well then............Gig'em. ;D
hugs,   Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on April 22, 2021, 07:23:51 PM
I sawed my first logs for this year yesterday. I'm late getting started this year because I got an order for green firewood this spring and just finished it. I'm a bit confused about the logs I'm sawing.....let me explain.
A neighbor had a tree taken down beside his driveway and offered me any of the wood I wanted for free. A nice looking aspen I thought. I cut the tree into logs and transported them to my log deck. When I opened the log the wood did not look like aspen. It looked more like yellow poplar. But yellow poplar doesn't grow up here. At least that's what I thought. I've never sawed yellow poplar before so I'm not sure but I've seen a lot of pictures of it here on the Forestry Forum. Take a look at these pictures and tell me what you think.
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The pictures don't show it but the heartwood has some green in it. Do you think it's yellow poplar?

Happy sawing.....Cutter
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on April 22, 2021, 07:37:11 PM
I sawed my first logs for this year yesterday. I'm late getting started this year because I got an order for green firewood this spring and just finished it. I'm a bit confused about the logs I'm sawing.....let me explain.
A neighbor had a tree taken down beside his driveway and offered me any of the wood I wanted for free. A nice looking aspen I thought. I cut the tree into logs and transported them to my log deck. When I opened the log the wood did not look like aspen. It looked more like yellow poplar. But yellow poplar doesn't grow up here. At least that's what I thought. I've never sawed yellow poplar before so I'm not sure but I've seen a lot of pictures of it here on the Forestry Forum. Take a look at these pictures and tell me what you think.
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The pictures don't show it but the heartwood has some green in it. Do you think it's yellow poplar?

Happy sawing.....Cutter
Looks like what I know as Tulip Poplar.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 22, 2021, 08:54:01 PM
  If that ain't tulip poplar it's his twin brother. I'm waiting on the experts to respond to this one.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on April 22, 2021, 09:18:55 PM
Yep yp :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 22, 2021, 09:33:22 PM
 
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had this third of an oak so before dark I decided to get some quarter sawing in.  the sparks were beautiful.  see the did something dumb thread.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on April 22, 2021, 10:19:37 PM
Yup - that's Yellow Poplar, the green will dull to brown in the heart wood. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on April 23, 2021, 06:55:14 AM
Yup - that's Yellow Poplar, the green will dull to brown in the heart wood.
Thanks guys for confirming my suspicions. I am surprised to find yellow poplar growing here in north central Massachusetts. I'll have to keep my eyes open and check to see if some of my aspen trees are really yellow poplar.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Ed_K on April 23, 2021, 07:28:35 AM
 If the sawdust smelled like aftershave it's tulip poplar. I have done TSI work down around Northampton and Westhampton and cut a few and they all smelled like aftershave.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: RonG on April 23, 2021, 09:41:24 AM
My guess on the logs would have been cottonwood.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on April 23, 2021, 09:43:14 AM
My guess on the logs would have been cottonwood.  
That was my thought as well.

No yellow poplar here so I can't compare the two but the exterior bark, rusty colored inner bark, and the wood itself all look like the Eastern Cottonwood I've milled.

Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 23, 2021, 01:07:40 PM
Did you look around for a horse relieving himself after you cut into the log? If so, it's not tulip. The end of the logs look like tulip, but the bark doesn't to me. Very easy to confuse tulip and ash in log form.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 23, 2021, 01:30:42 PM
Dave,

   If you are correct on what Tulip poplar smells like I think Ed_K needs to change his aftershave. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on April 23, 2021, 01:37:10 PM
Well, at least one yellow poplar grew in your area.  They may now be extinct there, but there was at least one up to a few days ago  :).  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on April 23, 2021, 03:46:55 PM
Very easy to confuse tulip and ash in log form.
 

I just looked up some pictures of tulip bark and you're correct that it does look at awful like like ash. Makes me think even more the posters logs are cottonwood. The bark fissures look more straight and coarse than the interlaced diamonds of ash and, so it would seem, tulip poplar.

Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on April 23, 2021, 08:31:25 PM
Dave,

   If you are correct on what Tulip poplar smells like I think Ed_K needs to change his aftershave. :D
I said if it smelled bad, it wasnt tulip. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on April 23, 2021, 09:10:02 PM
I'm tired of milling Osage.  The dust is so fine and I get covered along with the rest of the shop.  Everything in the shop is yellow.  I also go through a lot of bands, 1-1.5 per log.  I have 17 logs of the original 79 left.  I've got about 5 big ones and the rest are smaller 10"-13" dia brace logs that will go faster.  Here are some 5.5" square posts, and the pic with the burn barrel burning bark and sawdust there is a 13' 8x10, and a 13' 5.75x10 live edge beam.  

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on April 23, 2021, 10:14:25 PM
The pics posted are yellow poplar.  Yellow poplar is diffuse porous.  Ash is ring porous.  The yellow poplar wood in the pics is diffuse porous.  Yellow poplar has alternate branching.  Ash has opposite branching.  Not similar in the least.  Yellow poplar has a simple leaf.  Ash has a compound leaf.  Not similar in the least.  The two trees are do not look alike at all to me. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Arcticmiller on April 24, 2021, 01:18:34 AM
Milling up a mess of white spruce today...the back is getting a workout doing 2x12ís and 2x6ís for an upcoming project. Muscling around logs 26Ē at the butt end, wouldnít want to be without my big cant hook! My back will be feeling it in the morning. I think I need a forklift.

Ordered up the parts for an atv log arch to help the shuttling go smoother once the snow melts...the joys of an all manual mill!

Finishing it up with a home-brew helps with the recovery process.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on April 24, 2021, 07:04:58 AM
The pics posted are yellow poplar.  Yellow poplar is diffuse porous.  Ash is ring porous.  The yellow poplar wood in the pics is diffuse porous.  
Thankyou WDH. I know ash and these are not. BTW, they did not smell very nice. Kinda like "essence of manure pile"
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on April 24, 2021, 09:41:47 AM



Another notch for Cottonwood.
I should know better than to question WDH but everything I've seen and heard matches cottonwood, which i've milled a fair amount of. But like I said I've never seen a tulip poplar in log form.
Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on April 24, 2021, 09:50:51 AM
A cottonwood log and some surprisingly colorful wood, which mostly fades as it dries.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Ed_K on April 24, 2021, 09:55:40 AM
 Around me the only tree that smells of horse is smooth bark hickory  ;D .
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on April 24, 2021, 06:27:58 PM
Looks pretty Awesome. What sizes did you cut up
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on April 25, 2021, 12:35:22 AM
Went back to a repeat customer today to make some pine and a few red fir 2x6ís. The first 6 or 8 logs were pretty nice 8í in the 24-30Ē range and the tail gunner struggled to keep up at 380 bd ft hr. Then about the time his helpers showed up, the good wood was gone and we switched to 16í 8-14Ē range and things slowed down. 

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: jb616 on April 25, 2021, 04:39:51 PM
 
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Milled a couple "Gift logs" from a friend. Mulberry (because I wanted to see what it looked like) and a few Walnut logs. I believe the Walnut were actually limbs because of the stress in them and large amount of sapwood. A couple of the Walnut boards actually split from end to end immediately after the cut. I was able to turn them 90 degrees and salvage the rest.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 25, 2021, 05:01:20 PM
to keep the mulberry yellow keep it out of sunlight.  you can plane a surface and get uv protected. finish on soon and keep it more golden.  otherwise brown.  very nice.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 25, 2021, 05:33:01 PM
here is a bench.  it pops with finish.


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this flitch had been in a pile for a year and cleaned up nice.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Trackerbuddy on April 25, 2021, 08:53:04 PM
Iíve been told the secret to sawing limbs is to cut them in half and let them rest
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on April 26, 2021, 06:30:39 AM
here is a bench.  it pops with finish.


this flitch had been in a pile for a year and cleaned up nice.
Is that mulberry - as in fruit tree with purple or white berries, also leaves that silkworms eat - or another species?
We get mulberry trees here ( silkworm variety) but I've never seen one that would cut a sawlog... They're always scraggly looking things that start branching about a foot above the ground.

Nice boards!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on April 26, 2021, 06:50:37 AM
Lurker,

The mulberry you reference is white mulberry.  It is from SE Asia, and was the tree used by the silkworm industry to produce silk.  It is found in the US as an ornamental that was imported from Asia.  The mulberry in the post is red mulberry, our native mulberry in the US.  It is similar to the white silkworm mulberry, but not the same species. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on April 26, 2021, 07:26:48 AM
here is a bench.  it pops with finish.


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this flitch had been in a pile for a year and cleaned up nice.
It POPS indeed, Doc!
Oak legs? That bench looks phenomenal..
Steve
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 26, 2021, 07:48:42 AM
thanks.  I did not think it would be all that special and did not have mulberry leg stock.  they look close when raw, but very different with finish.  it had sat in a pile and was yucky brown.  nothing a jointer could not fix.  @olcowhand (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=37942)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on April 26, 2021, 08:25:59 AM
Lurker,

The mulberry you reference is white mulberry.  It is from SE Asia, and was the tree used by the silkworm industry to produce silk.  It is found in the US as an ornamental that was imported from Asia.  The mulberry in the post is red mulberry, our native mulberry in the US.  It is similar to the white silkworm mulberry, but not the same species.
Thanks. I did a google and got lost in the number of species. I have a white mulberry tree in the yard (that I'm currently fighting the parrots for fruit of - needless to say the parrots are winning) but the most common variety here is a black fruited one. I think it's "black mulberry" but pictures all look the same so it could be "Korean Mulberry" or your "Red Mulberry" or some other species - never knew there were so many mulberry species.
Won't cut a log but they sure taste good. (food, it always comes back to food) :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 26, 2021, 06:38:19 PM
 
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              Saturday I left the house at 6:45 a.m and my wife flagged me down as I started to pull out because the customer called and changed the meeting location. It was a minor difference and probably easier access. I stopped at a Biscuit place and got a steak biscuit and gassed up the mill. On to Charleston. The customer met me 75 miles from my start and led me 15 more miles to the stack of walnut logs in the picture. Our route was directly along the river and the state capital with our famous gold plated dome. The gold is supposed to have come from WV. (I figure it was from my taxes). The customer had scrounged the logs from a sewer line project that took down the tree. He had lost several before he got hold of the right person to get them. Some were good sized but short and hard to load, turn and clamp. I learned one new trick using the lifting arms and a short board to raise and hold the cant while positioning it when the claw and clamp alone wonít rotate the log due to its size and shape. I had bought 2 new short chains to go across the lifting arms Ė a tactic which I had used before and they were very helpful here. I think I used nearly every tool I brought including my Magic hook to slide a heavy short odd shaped log forward, scrap boards between the side supports to clamp against, etc. I had to whittle the cant down to fit between roller guides. Iíd run the head down at the start of most of the logs to make sure I had clearance.

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              Of course we had at least one obligatory walnut nail. We loaded wide 9/4 LW slabs on his truck until the springs quit moving and we stacked the rest in a nearby yard with a lady in a housecoat who looked like Rose on the Waltons and her 3 ankle biter guard dogs so I am sure they are safe till he returns. The heavy thick dirty bark was hard on my blades and I used 4 cutting about 600-700 bf of lumber. We actually cut more than either I or the customer expected. I finished about 2:00 pm just as the predicted rain started. We were very lucky to have that much time.

 

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               I drove on in light rain along I-79 for 67 miles then another 25-30 along state roads, overshot the site by a couple of miles before I could turn around then got in about 5:00 pm, set up the mill, set up my domicile as shown, drove about 6 miles to check find cell service and check in with the wife and Mom who is in the hospital till Sunday afternoon. At least we had warm water in the bath house but I am afraid that may be the last heat of the night. Now to see if I my blow up air mattress holds air and my sleeping bag and quilt is enough for the 40ís predicted tonight. The rain is drumming on my tent so I should sleep well. I might should have brought Sampson but he would only serve as a foot warmer not one half of a two dog night.

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 Most of the logs - it started muddy and got much worse as we drove the tractor through it.
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The pond for the campground. Filled with trout and bass. Catfish are coming.

Sunday
              Its after 9:00 pm and Iím sitting in a partially finished A-frame cabin where there is a power connection to charge this laptop battery. Iím going to go let this charge while I get a shower when I finish updating this epistle.
              I had a cold feet night. Where was Sampson when I needed him! Tonight will also be cold but not as bad. Not sure if my tent leaks or it was condensation. I had some drips and a small puddle in the lower corner. Threw a dirty sock on it to dry it. I got up and went to the mill a few hundred yards away about 7:30 am and got everything lubed and loaded and ready to saw. Customer came down about 8:00  and his helper a few minutes later. We sawed hemlock then a small maple into 2X4s then poplar and a large 10í long, spalted, curly maple into1/2Ē LE boards with 2- 2Ē planks for a bookmatch table or such. It was pretty and the customer and helper were thrilled with it. Put 6.7 engine hours on the mill today. Cloudy and I thought weíd get rain but it held off.  I think I have about 6 small poplar logs to saw into 4X4ís in the morning when we ran out of time.  This is no doubt the muddiest job I have ever worked on. It is on a logging type road through the woods ad by the time the drag the logs to the site and turn the tractor several times the whole area is torn up. I will likely have to back in and turn the mill by hand to hook up tomorrow or we will have to pull it out with the tractor or helpers ATV.
We did not get a tally and the customer hauled the lumber to several sites where it will be used here in the campground but it will be an easy tally in the morning. They fed me breakfast for brunch and a very tasty dinner. The helper was a wood-chopping champion here in WV before he hurt his shoulder in a car wreck. He showed me his competition ax and Iíd dare say you could shave with it!
              I drove up the road 5 miles to get cell reception and let the wife know I was alive and would be home tomorrow. Called and found Mom was out of the hospital and home and talked with her a little but not sure she understood much.
              Iíll let this charge a while and go scrub some sawdust out of the cracks and crevices. Should get this finished and posted tomorrow.

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 The spalted curly maple. The customer and helper loved this.
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 The ripples were so bad I had to feel them to determine if I had a tooth out of set but it was in the wood.

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These are a couple of the stacks. The rest were over in place where they will be used.

Monday
              I like to froze to death last night and had to get up and find some more clothes to wear so I woke up early and went to the local diner and had a very good breakfast. This town is near Webster Springs where they have a big world famous woodchopping contest Memorial Day. They had a signed copy of the ďDonít worry Ė I hugged it firstĒ T-shirt hanging on the diner wall. The customers saw me come in and they said ďOh, youíre the sawmill guy Zave brought in.Ē I love small towns.
              We only had 6 more small poplar logs and the customer wanted all 4X4 and said he was using them for timberframe and bow was fine so I sawed a bunch of heart split bananas and told him I was going to have him sign a waiver. He laughed and said he liked the look and some did bow immediately. He was the customer so I gave in. I have rules I always provide the best lumber possible out of the wood I cut but I also have a rule I the customer pays my salary and if after being advised he wants me to do something different and it is not illegal, immoral or unsafe I will try to comply.
              We finished, dragged to mill around with the tractor till I could hook up and drive it out then we tallied a little over 1710 bf which was more than the customerís cut list for his imminent projects. The customer settled up in cash with a tip and I went over and packed up my tent and headed home. Total miles for the trip was 330 miles. I got home about 5:00 pm and as I unhooked the mill in the front lot a guy pulled up wanted wood. I told him my rates and he thought heíd cut the logs and bring them to me. It never ends. I see I put 8 engine hours on the mill and used 7 blades for resharp.  My debarker earned its way on this trip.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on April 26, 2021, 08:24:20 PM
Wow, super trip Howard! If you can't get your clients to put you up in nice 5 star accommodations like MM does then you might want to look into some warmer sleeping gear! ;D
 Glad it all worked out on your first road trip as far as I know. Nothing left behind that you needed, and it all got done as you pretty much expected. It's always hard working out of your normal routine. Maybe this is the new normal? :D ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 26, 2021, 09:04:21 PM
  Tom - They did feed me though. They actually offered me the use of a camper they had there on the site but I thought the tent would be okay. The customers ladyfriend fixed me, him and our helper and very nice brunch Sunday and a great dinner that night with sausage and the perogis (Sp) - the potato filled pasta, with German Chocolate pecan pie. Yes, I need a better sleeping bag but this was unseasonably cold too. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: samandothers on April 26, 2021, 09:29:51 PM
Howard,

Thanks for sharing the detail of you trip.  I particularly liked the camping description/ vision of your over night experiences.  The wet tent from condensation/ rain sounds familiar though I don't remember using socks to help manage the moisture.   As I read the story I remembered camping trips and back packing with scouts sleeping on a backpacking style air pad waking up to snow on Mt. Philips at Philmont.  I really enjoyed those trips.  I must admit today, I may have to charge an hourly rate to sleep like that again!  :D

Glad you had a safe trip.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on April 26, 2021, 11:14:14 PM
@jb616 (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=37766) That's a nice looking clean mulberry log.  I've milled a few too.  Nothing wrong with those.  Generally considered a nuisance tree around me.  They volunteer where you don't want them- wherever a bird perches and poops, you get a mulberry.  Most a pretty much a scrub tree.  If you get an older one with something worth milling, I will mill it.

@doc henderson (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=41041), Nice table top!  Is that a flitch that you repurposed?  Looks like the outside of the tree on the bottom side?  Nice!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on April 26, 2021, 11:19:19 PM
Didnít mill anything today, it was my day off 😁  I had a load of Doug fir delivered on Saturday for a pack Iíll start milling tomorrow. That wasnít cheap at $650 mbf 😳.  Then a load of pine showed up today that I removed from a guyís yard(one log got left behind as it would have put the self loader over height and over weight). Interesting enough, I got 2 orders today for pine 1x4ís and 1x8ís

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on April 27, 2021, 07:24:01 AM
thanks Brad.  It is a 12 x 32 inch two seater bench.  It sat in a pile of stuff that was waiting for a firewood vs other decision.  I mostly wanted to see some finished MB.  I wished I had taken more care with it.  the oak legs were a close match, until I applied spar urethane. 
and you are correct, it was an outside trim to make a cant.  (oh yes I can).   I often do not immediately see the value in a piece of wood.  so I keep some around for awhile.  this was dark brown on the outside, and yellow after removing about an 1/8th inch.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 27, 2021, 09:17:45 AM
thanks.  I did not think it would be all that special and did not have mulberry leg stock.  they look close when raw, but very different with finish.  it had sat in a pile and was yucky brown.  nothing a jointer could not fix.  @olcowhand (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=37942)
You are right Doc.  That sure pops!  Awesome work.
     hugs,   Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LeeB on April 27, 2021, 03:51:26 PM
Didn't mill anything today but did go and fell two trees for my last customer, something I do not normally do. I did it more as a way to get them to take back some of the grossly over payed amount on my last trip to their place. The milling bill was $180 and they paid me $460. I just couldn't in good conscious take that amount (I didn't count the cash until after I had already gotten home). After felling the trees and bucking to firewood chunks I told the man the bill was $2. He gave me a hundred and said he didn't have any ones.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 27, 2021, 04:24:00 PM
You topped me Lee with that $280 tip.  My largest tip was only $180.  ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on April 27, 2021, 06:28:28 PM
Didn't mill anything today but did go and fell two trees for my last customer, something I do not normally do. I did it more as a way to get them to take back some of the grossly over payed amount on my last trip to their place. The milling bill was $180 and they paid me $460. I just couldn't in good conscious take that amount (I didn't count the cash until after I had already gotten home). After felling the trees and bucking to firewood chunks I told the man the bill was $2. He gave me a hundred and said he didn't have any ones.
Lee,
Your relationship with this guy has transcended "Business" and now you two are just working to a "Who can be Kinder" Competition. You both are the Favorite to "Win".....
Your spirit of Giving is showing....
Steve
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 27, 2021, 08:39:07 PM
I had no intention of sawing anything today until my phone rang at 5:00.  ::)

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Well still not much sawing.  Three knocked out ERC "logs" and I forgot to take a picture of the 1X6's & 1X8's.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on April 27, 2021, 08:48:55 PM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210423_143122.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1619570798)
 
Nothing like Howard's overnight sawing adventures!
Just the last 50 boards of a 150 board order of one inch live on one edge fence boards. Pine, Hemlock and Spruce.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on April 27, 2021, 08:54:46 PM
Maybe no overnight adventure but nice sawing.  smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 27, 2021, 09:22:45 PM
   I did not saw anything today but I am going to make some planter/coolers stealing MMs idea for Luke's cooler. I'm going to save the top too. I don't have the nice SYP he has so am torn on what to use. 

  I needed to take wifey's ATV to the shop but my 5X8 trailer was full of tomato stakes so I bundled 23 dozen bundles of them and took the ATV to the shop. I got home and found I'd missed a call yesterday sometime so returned the call and found it was a guy over 100 miles away not too far from where I started Saturday. He had family heirloom type tree at his dad's place on the ground and he is a woodworker. He said it was 40" at the butt and he said either 24 or 26 ft long. He first said it was straight but later he mentioned a fork at about 15 so he was going to go check and send me some pictures. I told him I could not cut 40" so we'd have to split or whittle/gun barrel it down. Evidently it is in an alley behind his dad's house. We discussed the length of the logs and possible ways to roll them around to access them or possibly backing the mill next to the tree if there is room. The customer had been getting dejected and afraid he was going to lose the tree/lumber he wanted to make into special projects for his kids and grandkids. You could hear him getting excited as we talked about options. We checked the FF list but did not see another member sawyer listed closer to him then we tried the WM list and found a couple of possibilities. I told him with mileage and minimum fees it would cost him at least $450 for me to come saw it and he said that was possible so I suspect he'll be calling back. He had been to the FF but did not know to check the Extras and found a Google map of mills in the state and found me that way from my website.

  My last job at the campground was the first job I know I have gotten from the WM Pro-Sawyer listing although some may have seen it and then looked up my website. Most of my work comes from a local trader paper I keep a services ad in for $10/month. My next source is local half page flyers in local business bulletin boards then my website. My truck door signs have gotten me several very good jobs and every week I see somebody's eyes light up and lock on it and they head my way and I roll down the window and hand him my business card as soon as they get there and we talk. Now I am getting more and more from referrals and repeat customers. Referrals are always best because you have already been vetted by a trusted friend or co-worker. Flea market trips to sell benches and birdhouses and crates and talk to people and hand out business cards nets me work every year although some are many months after my initial meeting. If I see a likely looking stack of logs by the road I stop and talk and if nobody is around I staple a card to the end of highly visible log.

  I noticed an oil radiator heater in the downstairs bathroom and kick myself for not taking it last weekend as my tent site had a power pole 6' away and my tent would have been toasty warm!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 12:56:07 AM
I have an order for lots of 16 foot and 20 foot 2x8s and 2x6s.  Last Friday, I cut 2x6s for this 16 foot pallet.  Saturday and Sunday I cut the 41 2x8s sitting on it.  
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/4-27-21_2x8_Yellow_Pine.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1619585503)
 

Now I am (in the process of) cutting 74 sixteen foot 2x6s.  After that, it will be 74 twenty foot 2x6s.  I like cutting 2x6s way better than 2x8s.  It's way harder to get two stacks of 2 bys with 2x8s from the medium size logs.  Some where in all that cutting I did this.......
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/4-27-21_Oops~0.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1619585738)
 

I got woke up this morning, at 7:20, by my land clearing friend's excavator operator.  Said he had long logs for me.   He cut them to 21 feet.

 I was glad to see they were medium logs, as my telehandler, Bull, is in the repair shop getting it's leaning front wheel assembly fixed.  The Mahindra was able to lift them off the trailer and slowly take them to the "over 20 foot" log bunks.

I had to use my new Magic Hook 8) to lift one log, as it was wedged in between the other logs.  It was tight and all my pocket stakes were wedged by the outer logs.  I blocked one end up and moved the hook to the other end.  Lifted like designed, where I could get the grapple around it.

Then I cleaned up and took a nap.  Who says working in retirement doesn't include naps?
     hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on April 28, 2021, 06:20:14 AM
A catnap has been part of my work day for most of the last 35 years - I'm looking forward to retirement so I can get serious about it. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 28, 2021, 08:19:16 AM
Started cutting some of the ERC logs I picked up last week.  Yesterday I cut about 50 mostly 1x6, but a few 1x4 as well.  I put out an ad to sell them for $2/bf and also a buy all price.  I usually do the buy all price  because I know if people come and look thru them that some of them won't sell anyway.  They're never all perfect, but useful for something.  The first guy replied in about 15 minutes and wanted me to deliver.  I told him $40/hour plus fuel, he ended up replying that was fine, but not before someone else said they would pick them up the next day.  Long story short, guy is picking up these today and I will saw more tomorrow and deliver to the other guy.  I suspect I will be able to do the same with all of the logs I have.  After I saw all the cedar I have, I'm gonna saw white oak 1x6 and see if I can move them quickly.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 28, 2021, 09:01:08 AM
Brandi,

  That's real pretty wood. The 20's are going to be a bear to handle I bet.

   I'm sure glad I never nicked a clamp like that. ::) People ask me how come one tooth on my claw turner is shorter than the other and I tell them it just came that way I guess.  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on April 28, 2021, 10:39:00 AM
 
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 Believe it or not, there is occasionally a log I canít get anything useful out of except Firewood. This Osage log was split every which way naturally. I have no choice but to just slice it into 2 inch thick pieces and then trim them to Firewood Length.  This is the first log thatís been trash out of 79.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on April 28, 2021, 10:51:31 AM
Brandi:
There are less expensive ways of dusting the top of the log clamp such as a fox tail brush.
If it is any consolation you aren't the first to do that.  I know as I done dooded it myself.
Most apt to happen when you are tired or not yet awake.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 28, 2021, 10:53:43 AM
  I sawed a small red cedar for a customer similar to that a month ago. I ended up with a piece that looked like a trident on the end tapering off as it ran out at different angles. The customer was going to fill in between with epoxy. It turned out real pretty but was a pain to clamp and saw.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 12:42:28 PM
Brandi,

  That's real pretty wood. The 20's are going to be a bear to handle I bet.

   I'm sure glad I never nicked a clamp like that. ::) People ask me how come one tooth on my claw turner is shorter than the other and I tell them it just came that way I guess.  :D
Howard,
 Thanks!  The pallet is placed right were I can slide the long ones right off the mill to the pallet.  Only hard part is the first board on a new layer's loose stickers.  Then I have to slide it as far as I can, then lift it to position it on the stickers.  No problem and it makes me sleep harder! ;D
              hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 12:44:05 PM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/16191/BA0C8C37-D039-4FE6-8F01-1CDB2339C3F9.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1619620709)
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/16191/FE1375F1-7C6D-45BA-9B0D-9A7E5126D170.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1619620708)
 Believe it or not, there is occasionally a log I canít get anything useful out of except Firewood. This Osage log was split every which way naturally. I have no choice but to just slice it into 2 inch thick pieces and then trim them to Firewood Length.  This is the first log thatís been trash out of 79.
Brad,
    What brand of forklift is that.  How about a better photo of it?  Please?
             hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 12:46:30 PM
Brandi:
There are less expensive ways of dusting the top of the log clamp such as a fox tail brush.
If it is any consolation you aren't the first to do that.  I know as I done dooded it myself.
Most apt to happen when you are tired or not yet awake.
GAB
GAB,
   I know I am not the first one to do it.  I did it before when I cut a 3/8 inch slot in it.  But the dust was hiding it in the photo.  It seems to always happen when someone is watching or upsets my train of thought.  Guess I should of looked one more time to make sure it would clear.  It's amazing how it looks like it will clear before you cut into the wood.
              hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trimguy on April 28, 2021, 04:02:02 PM
@Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) do I remember right , that you attach the pre-made pallets to your pallets ? I know the 2 x 8ís were for an order, but if you air dry wood on that set up do you have an issue of them bowing down in the middle ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on April 28, 2021, 09:53:13 PM
Brandi - there are two types of sawyers.  Those who try to saw off pieces of their sawmill - and those who deny having tried to do so....  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 11:02:53 PM
@Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) do I remember right , that you attach the pre-made pallets to your pallets ? I know the 2 x 8ís were for an order, but if you air dry wood on that set up do you have an issue of them bowing down in the middle ?
I noticed the 16 foot pallet bowing a little this morning.   I have not had that problem with the 12 foot pallets. 
After the customer picked up the 2x8s, I added another 40x48 inch pallet under the middle.  He picked up less than half the order today, but paid for half of the total.
Good thing he came and picked up what he did.  The little car carry trailer and the "mini" pickup were groaning when they left with 41 sixteen foot 2x8s and 42 sixteen foot 2x6s.   I told him he may want to get a bigger trailer for the rest, or make two more trips.   His remaining order is 74 twenty foot 2x6s and 32 sixteen foot 2x6s.
             hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 11:08:37 PM
Brandi - there are two types of sawyers.  Those who try to saw off pieces of their sawmill - and those who deny having tried to do so....  :D
I can neither deny or support any accusation that I was trying to saw off ANY parts made by Woodmizer. say_what
             hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on April 28, 2021, 11:12:19 PM
Brandi,

  That's real pretty wood. The 20's are going to be a bear to handle I bet.

   I'm sure glad I never nicked a clamp like that. ::) People ask me how come one tooth on my claw turner is shorter than the other and I tell them it just came that way I guess.  :D
Okay Howard.  I just snapped to it after replying to what Southside wrote.
My 2018 LT40HD has the backstops up when the claw comes up.  How in the heck can you hit the claw and not the backstops???????????????????????
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on April 29, 2021, 12:03:09 AM
Brandi,

  That's real pretty wood. The 20's are going to be a bear to handle I bet.

   I'm sure glad I never nicked a clamp like that. ::) People ask me how come one tooth on my claw turner is shorter than the other and I tell them it just came that way I guess.  :D
Okay Howard.  I just snapped to it after replying to what Southside wrote.
My 2018 LT40HD has the backstops up when the claw comes up.  How in the heck can you hit the claw and not the backstops???????????????????????
hugs,  Brandi
My claw is missing about 3/4Ē of the first  point on the front side🙈 I was using it to help hold a monster maple crotch in place while I was slabbing it. Then I forgot it was higher than the side supports, but I got reminded 🤓
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 29, 2021, 09:12:50 AM
Crossroads,

   I have his twin brother. WM must have got a load of defective claws that year and we both got one. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on April 29, 2021, 03:17:23 PM
@Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) Brandi, It's a John's forklift conversion.  
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=65543.msg978924#msg978924

97% of their conversions were done using Farmall BN's, but they did do some other tractors.  I just picked up an Allis Chalmers WD45 John's forklift.  
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=114992.msg1815211#msg1815211

John's forklift are very hard to come by.  They were located just outside Grand Rapids Mi, and most of the converted forklifts have stayed in Mi with the Veggie, apple and cherry farmers.  They rarely give them up.  I got these two for a very good prices $4400 back in 2015, and $4500 three weeks ago respectively.  They are both missing their original ROPS.  I will fab new ones eventually. If you do find one of these, you're more likely to pay $7500-maybe $12,000 in good to excellent condition.  They are super handy with rough terrain capability, tight turn radius, and a 2500 LB lifting capacity, maybe a little more  with some.  It will lift about 98 percent of the logs I've dealt with.  I've had a WO log that was probably just a hair over 3K LBs.  I got it in the barn one end at a time and after about a year, it lost enough water that I could pick it up normally. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 29, 2021, 04:08:12 PM
I sawed ERC all morning.  I had some really disappointing logs.  Almost every log I sawed had heart rot and hollow centers.  My pile of boards is smaller than the pile of waste, but still not bad since I got the logs free and I've already sold this and the stuff I cut several days ago.  I still have 5 big 20' logs to saw.  I'm hoping that they are better quality. I've never delivered lumber before, but this guy asked If I would deliver, so I'm going to charge him by the hour and for fuel.  He was OK with that and I don't mind being paid to drive.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Brad_bb on April 29, 2021, 07:44:47 PM
@firefighter ontheside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=26921) , don't forget to get full payment before any material comes off your truck.  I'm sure you've read the posts here about some of these characters?  Once it's on the persons property, they can tell you to pound sand and leave and you won't have any recourse without engaging an attorney which would cost more than the wood.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on April 29, 2021, 09:11:54 PM
Thanks Brad.  I was thinking about what exactly I would do.  I was thinking about suggesting that he pay me for the wood before I leave home and then pay me for delivery when I get there.  Maybe as you say, I will just take payment before I take any wood off the trailer.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SpaceBus on April 29, 2021, 09:16:28 PM
I am thinking about advertising my services as a mobile sawyer, but with my lower throughput on the Logosol F2+ I'm not sure how to charge. With the slower speed on my mill charging by the board foot seems the most logical, but I don't really know where to start. I'm not from the area and don't know any other sawyers. Not trying to make a huge profit, just perhaps pay for my mill with some side work. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on April 29, 2021, 11:00:28 PM
A board foot is a board foot, no matter how fast it was made.  With the current price of lumber and the state of things I don't see $0.45 / BF being unreasonable for portable sawing.  The question is does your production rate justify you working for that price?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SpaceBus on April 30, 2021, 07:06:20 AM
A board foot is a board foot, no matter how fast it was made.  With the current price of lumber and the state of things I don't see $0.45 / BF being unreasonable for portable sawing.  The question is does your production rate justify you working for that price?


Thanks! Logosol estimates the F2+, assuming everything is going well I assume, can mill "Three to four logs per hour" which I find to be a bit of an exaggeration. Maybe 3-4 logs per hour if they are all under 16" DBH. Still, going by the 3-4 logs per hour I should be able to produce 100+ bf per hour, assuming I have logs to do it. Definitely not the kind of profit I would like to see, but $30+/hr isn't too bad after fuel costs. I'm in a few "homesteading" type groups on FB and I see people ask every so often about clearing land. Perhaps I could build a niche market out of being able to get out to remote areas with the mill. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 01, 2021, 05:55:39 AM
Spent a third of the day yesterday sawing 3"-8" ERC poles into live edge 1" and 3/4"
Regular customer, had 1200 bf of other nice ash and tulip. 

Hours for 398 BF log scale of logs having 3 to 27 BF intl log scale each in them.  
That's what he wanted. Good practice with the clamp.  ::)

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 01, 2021, 04:31:22 PM
Today's job started with two 15' x 18" white oak logs that the customer wanted quartersawn.

Besides the diameter, the other problem was that they were curved and not just in one dimension.  And not slightly curved either.
Also he wanted full length deck boards which needed to be heartwood only.  
I tried words which only confused both of us.  

Ended up as a stack of mostly 12" boards cant sawn so they stayed pretty flat.
Looking at what the pith was doing in these explained what the words couldnt.  
There would have been not a single full length quartersawn board wider than 3" had we even tried for that.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 01, 2021, 08:43:12 PM
   Did not saw anything today but loaded up a trailer and truck load of assorted wood to take to the flea market to sell and as an advertising trip tomorrow. I think I had 15 benches. I sanded and re-applied tung oil to 3 maple and 2 walnut benches. Added a 2nd metal sledgehammer type wedge to 2 WO benches with loose legs that really seemed to have done the trick on tightening them. I loaded a 4'X2'X1' on 3' legs raised bed planter, 10-12 dozen tomato stakes, birdhouses, some walnut cookies, a Lictenburg RO slab, 5 new log planters, some crates and some square inch pricing trimmed out walnut pieces, etc. I'll talk and pass out cards and maybe sell a few small items - hopefully enough to pay the mileage and lot fee. Mostly such trips results in a mobile sawing job or two. I will also take dozens of photos from around the world and the local area my wife took and printed up.

    While loading up I got a call from a guy wanting 25' long logs sawed into beams I think. I told him look for someone with a mill with an extension but if no luck to call back and I'd try it. I have not used the technique for sawing logs longer than the mill but reviewed it again here in the Knowledge base and would try it if necessary. Sounded like he needed about 15 logs sawed for some timber framing technique. I think he is going to come see me at the flea market tomorrow as it is not far from his home.

   Then a neighbor/customer called and wanted 2 more 6"X6"X10' poplar posts to add to some he bought a while back. I offered to cut them out of a 16' stock log I have today but he was in no hurry so I'll likely go see if I can't get them out of a 16-18 inch log that fell just inside my property line last week. It looked to be hollow at the base so I don't know how far up I have to cut to get to solid wood but I'll see. I'll get them next week from it or another as needed. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on May 01, 2021, 08:54:14 PM
Hank say's this one smells like money!

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The perfect walnut for me to slab on my mill.  31" on the big end, 37" across the crotch which will take minimal trimming.  14' long and fairly straight.  Has just the right amount of defect to make for interesting slabs.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on May 02, 2021, 07:41:14 AM
 



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After 14 days of unbroken rain we finally saw the sun Friday and today I managed to get the fire going with a couple gallons of diesel.

There were still wisps of smoke coming out from underneath but I was concerned that more rain might be coming and wanted to reduce the volume while I could.

That's the first match I've used since about August last year. One day I'm going to build a big Stirling Cycle engine to run an alternator with and use all that waste heat wisely.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: SpaceBus on May 02, 2021, 08:13:22 AM
Brandi - there are two types of sawyers.  Those who try to saw off pieces of their sawmill - and those who deny having tried to do so....  :D
I think I hit one of my aluminum log clamps within the first five passes! Last fall I bumped the guide rail with my top handle chainsaw while cutting a knot. Learned my lesson both times! 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on May 02, 2021, 12:58:54 PM
John and I sawed a few cypress logs Thursday after work and a few more yesterday evening.  We spent more time pulling them out of the pond than we did sawing.  These wont be on sticks long but I did not want them to mold while awaiting pickup.  With the price of lumber and the limited amount of cypress we have on hand we did not slab them heavy and ended up with a cull stack of shorter than 16' and narrower than 6' boards.  

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 02, 2021, 01:03:17 PM
Nice looking lumber.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on May 02, 2021, 07:26:09 PM
I have been sawing white pine the last few days. I logged some of these last November and some this past January. These logs were not the best. They would never win a prize unless it was for ugly.
How's this for a centered pith?

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And a little bit of rot to make it fun.

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This log showed a lot of red.

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This next one looks a lot better as a cant than a log.

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This next log is probably the best of the lot. At least it was straight and round without any big knots and it gave some pretty good lumber.

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I just have two more logs to saw. Should finish them up tomorrow.
A couple of beauties. ::)

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Not the best logs or lumber but the boards will be fine for building a shed or making a fence or whatever. It will all sell.

Happy sawing.....Cutter
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 02, 2021, 07:42:51 PM
How's this for a centered pith?
Actually very good and you will saw through from either the horn or hump side and produce lumber which will bow rather than crook which is fine for your stated use.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on May 02, 2021, 08:47:10 PM
I'd be surprised if it did much of anything. White pine mostly just lays there. Like an odd barn cat that just can't be bothered to get off a bale of hay and chase that mouse. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 04, 2021, 02:25:45 PM
 
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I got a call from a guy down the road last week wanting 2- 10'X6"X6" poplar posts so I cut a tree and these logs out of the top and dragged them to the mill. We had a break in the weather for a while so I decided to saw them today. When I removed the cover I found the plastic plug going into the aluminum block in the fuel tank had broken so I called WM NC and they had one in stock and are shipping it today. I think I had broken the other end once before and found I could just stick the hose in the tank and it would feed so I tried again and it did. I topped up the tank a little to make sure the end was under the surface. I sawed the 2 posts and got 34 bf of 1" 8' & 10' side lumber. I did not get a completed picture because it started thundering and I just barely got the mill covered and the tools put up. It was raining when I came back to the house.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on May 06, 2021, 01:23:48 AM
Rolled into a new job site today, had about 5 Acers to set up on and found a nice flat spot. The logs were all brought to the mill with a grapple skidder. All nice 16í logs. The first 4 hours we cut 125 2x6x16 with quite a few 1x4 and 2x4 from side wood. Then the second half of the day we cut 1x3 and 1x8. Ended the day right at 3400 bd ft. Customer was very happy with the quality and production.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 06, 2021, 02:42:13 AM
Nice! What diameter are these and are they hard on blades?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 06, 2021, 07:16:39 PM
Did I travel 76 miles to saw this?

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Not even enough logs to make a whack.

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The customer bringing me the first log.

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And what is this??

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The customer asked if I could saw a big "Cherry" log?

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Yup the very rare and very elusive "Hackcherry".   :-X

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Minimum sawing job and I rolled out of there 5 hours after setting up.  :)

I have a local SYP framing lumber job scheduled for Saturday for a many times repeat customer.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on May 06, 2021, 10:29:23 PM
The old and highly valuable spalted Hackcherry.  Did you tell the customer?  

Even the pine were turning, did you tell him he should have called about a year ago? :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 06, 2021, 10:48:08 PM
It seems that a year late is about my normal sometime, but it pays the same.  Those had pencil size worm holes a couple of inches deep so I slabbed deep.  No matter, just get what is there and cull the rest.

He had asked last time I was there if I could saw Cherry?  After we finished the SYP he brought the Hackcherry up.  I suppose that they had seen berries on it and assumed Cherry.  Anyway it became an 8X12 Mantel, plus the rest in various live edged stuff.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on May 07, 2021, 07:29:42 AM
I sawed several thousand bdft of this mineralized poplar.  I've been trying different sawing orientations, moving to a "vertical grain" or partial vertical grain much like pine flooring.  For some wood, the vertical grain really makes the contrast jump out.  It will also make it dry flatter.  


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 07, 2021, 07:41:55 AM
Ouch!!!  That hurt my eyes, but you already knew that it was outstanding.  I would say that you get the daily prize and your name goes on da wall.  smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on May 07, 2021, 08:12:10 AM
Those should go into the Hall of Fame. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: jpassardi on May 07, 2021, 08:32:43 AM
YH: That poplar is definitely unique, customers must go crazy for it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: woodyone.john on May 07, 2021, 03:55:59 PM
Isn't it a pity that the  green/ purple fades so quickly. Sitting in the stack on the shed it lasts but out in the light for a few days you can see it turning brown. I made a casket for a friend , stunning in construction but died before delivery
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 07, 2021, 04:11:49 PM
Those should go into the Hall of Fame.  
Or maybe the Hall of Frames. :D

Pretty wood there Robert.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on May 07, 2021, 11:03:15 PM
The mineralization is odd in that when exposed to UV light, it will darken a couple a shades or two.  The reds turn purple, the purples turn almost black, and the blacks turn jet black.  The light colored areas will stay light, and maintain a good contrast, which is striking.  So as it ages, it will almost look liked streaked walnut.  The red wavelengths will fade quick, but the darker stuff just stays dark.  Thatís one of the reasons Iím trying to vertical grain saw this stuff, even if the darks turn darker, and the lights stay light, it will still have some really wicked contrasting stripes and patterns vs just big blobs of pigment in flat sawn rainbow poplar.  

Since itís sensitive to UV, the best finishes are those that have UV blockers and inhibitors, and the worst are oils and yellow polyurethanes.  They will cause it to turn dark and loose the colors in a short time.  Especially the yellow polyurethanes, when added to the yellow shades of polar, really darken things up.  Iíve seen some polys turn the colors almost black in a matter of hours.  It still looks good, but not the intent.  Heavy epoxy finishes will do the same.  

The best are the extremely clear and highly UV resistant finishes, they will keep the colors for a very long time.    
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on May 08, 2021, 12:50:39 AM
Nice! What diameter are these and are they hard on blades?
In that pile, they ranged from 10Ē to 20Ē, but the land owner was logging while we were milling, I ended up with a lot of butt cuts that range from 20-32Ē on the scale end. Everything that wouldnít fit through a 28Ē debarker ended up in my lap. He was logging with a grapple skidder and all of the logs were pretty dirty and were hard on blades. The red fir does seem to be a little harder on blades than the pine and they seem to go from good to not so good in one cut. This family was a pleasure to work with and they feed me lunch all 3 days. I will also be buying some of the logs in the picture that were left over after the cut list was filled. We ended up with 6750 bd ft in 19 hrs. Everything was 16í 2000í was 2x6 and the rest was 1x4 and 1x8. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 08, 2021, 09:55:58 PM
I don't normally work Saturdays, but this was for a many times repeat customer that does not have the option to have days off during the week, so sometime we do what we do.

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18 Smallish SYP logs 12" to 20" top ends and all fresh felled.  He brought each log to the sawmill with the tractor/FEL.

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2533 bf of 2X4's, 6's, & 8's plus some White Oak 4X4's.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on May 09, 2021, 08:14:46 AM
JohnM and I milled some cedar yesterday.  That was a good change of pace as we have not had any big enough to mess with in a while.  These have been lying around in the yard of a friend of ours who owns a tree service.  The sapwood was rotten but they still turned out some nice slabs and should make interesting looking live edges after the doty sapwood sluffs off.  

We also had some pine to saw this week.  The newly installed $50 CL dust collector kept up well with the pine and cedar.  After sawing cypress I had to disassemble it and spend a fair amount of time digging out wet, compacted cypress goo.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dan R on May 09, 2021, 09:06:44 PM
My LT 15 may be a manual mill but one doesn't have to do everything by hand. Biggest Douglas Fir so far. Had to Bibby it down a bit. Got 43 2x6 s out of it for the Daughters barn we are building.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dan R on May 09, 2021, 09:15:46 PM
Another Fir. This one I pulled up off the beach in front of my house. It would have escaped from a Boom that was being towed to a Dryland sort or a sawmill. I got this 8 footer and a 12 out of it. Very nice wood.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Hagwoodhunter on May 09, 2021, 09:59:00 PM
Spent the day milling some pine old girl did ok 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: boonesyard on May 10, 2021, 12:23:21 PM
1st time cutting Basswood, 3 logs Saturday evening. One end on the big one was pretty much junk (rot and carpenter ants) but there was enough in the 9' log to get some good stock. Cut everything 12/4, we've had a number of inquiries for it. Interesting stuff

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on May 10, 2021, 10:24:28 PM
When I was sawing a lot of basswood I sharpened some WM bands to 15 degree hook angle.  I was flying through the logs!  Basswood saws really fast no matter what band ya use.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 10, 2021, 10:45:00 PM
   Be sure to keep it well ventilated with good air flow as I understand it is bad to mildew. I cut 1,000 bf or so in 4/4, 8/4, 12/4 & 16/4 and kept a 30" fan on it for over 2 months.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 11, 2021, 09:31:26 AM
 
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CSM'ing some free white oak, freshly felled.  This was my first time being particularly diligent about keeping the chain sharp every couple passes and it went very well.  Got some 93x15 boards out of it 5/4, 6/4 and randomly sawed a 16/4 just to see how heavy it would be and if I could handle it without equipment.

Rotated it to saw through some interesting knot patterns and will get some 93x8 boards later in the week.  Stack and sticker this weekend hopefully.

Sawdust cleanup in the driveway is always fun.  I'm lucky to have neighbors that support my nonsense and are always curious what I've got going on.  My neighborhood nickname has become NeverEZ as my initials are EZ and all the things I do around the house never seem easy (to them).  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: boonesyard on May 11, 2021, 09:59:19 AM
  Be sure to keep it well ventilated with good air flow as I understand it is bad to mildew. I cut 1,000 bf or so in 4/4, 8/4, 12/4 & 16/4 and kept a 30" fan on it for over 2 months.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll put a fan on it tonight.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 11, 2021, 07:23:03 PM
And some Paulownia this afternoon. Sharp chain cuts like butter.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on May 12, 2021, 07:13:36 AM
And some Paulownia this afternoon. Sharp chain cuts like butter.


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VB,I'm curious as to what you will be using this wood for ?What experience have you had with Paulownia?Nice looking wood.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on May 12, 2021, 08:56:47 AM
Done got dibs on a few big paulownia yard trees around town when they are cut down.  Folks say they make a mess in their yards and don't like them.  Flat sawn is beautiful.  Wood is very light and paddle makers love it.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Wudman on May 12, 2021, 09:05:02 AM
Paulownia grows like a weed here (like 1 ring per radial inch).  Getting it to stay flat when drying is problematic.  Good Luck.

Wudman
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 12, 2021, 09:09:50 AM
@tule peak timber (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=25190) 

I use paulownia to build garden tool boxes and for cleats to attach the bottom ribbing in the planter boxes I build.  Nice and lightweight, rot resistant and plenty strong enough.

I have some future ideas to make knickknack boxes with box joints as I think the look is pretty cool.  Glues up well and dries pretty flat.


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@Sixacresand (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=15201) 
Good wood to have around.  Dries quick and easy.  Hope the dibs you have is honored.

Maybe when my BSM is delivered, and I get then hang of things, I might try my hand at marketing it and selling it locally.

@Wudman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=624)

I've had good luck with it drying flat.  Perhaps because I'm using trees that have been down for several years and the logs are usually no longer than 5ft long or so.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Wudman on May 12, 2021, 09:14:41 AM
That work looks great.  Glad it works.  We tried making some molding with it years ago with little success.  

Wudman
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on May 12, 2021, 11:33:47 AM
I use paulownia to build garden tool boxes and for cleats to attach the bottom ribbing in the planter boxes I build.  Nice and lightweight, rot resistant and plenty strong enough.

I did not know it was rot resistant.  Besides being light, another plus. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on May 12, 2021, 12:51:08 PM
Sometimes ya get lucky, other times.........

Sawing 10/4 white oak out of 16' logs.  This log clearly showed metal on the butt.  I debarked a couple feet up the log and it looked clean.  Plan was to try and saw around the metal as the customer really needed 16' lumber. 
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Got one clean slab than on the next cut hit wire in two locations opposite of the stain on the butt.
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Wacked off 4' of the log and proceeded to saw without incident.

Me hates 10/4 lumber, heavy!!!

Oh well, next job is sawing 20' - 6 X 6 white oak posts.  Wonder if they will be heavy? :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on May 12, 2021, 01:02:47 PM
VB, your projects with the wood look very good. I don't know anything about this type of wood and last year I was approached by some wackodoodle that was planning on growing hundreds of acres of this wood for the furniture market. I talked with him quite a bit noting that he was looking to irrigate in the desert near me on some of the most expensive land per acre in CA. The whole thing sounded pretty weird to me and I was honest with him about what it would take to cut, transport to me and for me to develop containers of the stuff. We parted ways in short order.
Again, you are niche projects look pretty darn good.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 12, 2021, 01:30:25 PM
VB, your projects with the wood look very good. I don't know anything about this type of wood and last year I was approached by some wackodoodle that was planning on growing hundreds of acres of this wood for the furniture market. I talked with him quite a bit noting that he was looking to irrigate in the desert near me on some of the most expensive land per acre in CA. The whole thing sounded pretty weird to me and I was honest with him about what it would take to cut, transport to me and for me to develop containers of the stuff. We parted ways in short order.
Again, you are niche projects look pretty darn good.
Thank you for the kind words.
Seems to have been some people's strategy in my neck of the woods as well.  My area is too suburban, but a couple hundred miles west of me, its rampant.
The neighbor I get it from planted quite a bit of acreage in the late 90s for export and missed the proverbial boat from my understanding.  Now he just trailers a few logs back for me every time he visits his property, so one could say I have an endless supply.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on May 12, 2021, 08:41:06 PM
Sawed some white oak trailer decking this afternoon. 
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6/4x8x16'. Tough to handle when you're working by yourself, but pays pretty good so it's worth it. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 12, 2021, 11:41:05 PM
@tule peak timber (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=25190) was that the guy who claims to run all over the place planting the stuff?  Tries to convince landowners they will make a fortune?  

FWIW I put some into an accent wall last year for a customer and it came out quite flat and nice.  I was shocked as the log was 7 years old and 12" in diameter.  I did put the lumber on the bottom of the stack so that helped.  You could tell which wood it was after the kiln for sure!! 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on May 13, 2021, 05:36:12 AM
Paulownia was a bit of a plantation fad around here a few years back, super fast growing yada yada yada.

Light, white, reasonably rot resistant... great for shutters and the like and used here as an alternative to Western Red Cedar (WRC is imported obviously) Termites love the stuff so it's not much good in ground contact though.

Mostly though we exported it to Japan. It's quite popular there, though demand comes and goes subject to fashion and exchange rates.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Wattwood on May 13, 2021, 07:51:30 AM

VB,I'm curious as to what you will be using this wood for ?What experience have you had with Paulownia?Nice looking wood.

While a landscape architecture student at WVU in the 80ís, I was lucky to be able to spend two summers in the New River Gorge in southern WV inventorying historic coal mining features in the area that has become the national park and preserve. It was really remote then and we would hike the benches along the gorge for hours and were amazed when we would come across these four wheeler paths that looked like they were cut through a jungle. They always lead to a paulownia stump. The trees were planted as part of mine reclamation. We were told at the time that the locals were getting crazy money for it because it was being exported for use as a ceremonial wedding bowl. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 13, 2021, 08:07:29 AM
   My son studied forestry at Glenville State WV and at the time he was there he said the Paulonia (Japanese Princess Tree/Butterfly tree, etc) was the most valuable wood in the state. I have sawed a little and it saws like butter.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 13, 2021, 08:54:12 AM
Sawed some white oak trailer decking this afternoon.
This seems like a good way to produce some useful "first" boards on my new mill if I can find some 10ft white oak logs...guess I have 4 months to track some down.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 13, 2021, 09:00:20 AM
  My son studied forestry at Glenville State WV and at the time he was there he said the Paulonia (Japanese Princess Tree/Butterfly tree, etc) was the most valuable wood in the state. I have sawed a little and it saws like butter.
FWIW I put some into an accent wall last year for a customer and it came out quite flat and nice.  I was shocked as the log was 7 years old and 12" in diameter.  I did put the lumber on the bottom of the stack so that helped.  You could tell which wood it was after the kiln for sure!!
While a landscape architecture student at WVU in the 80ís, I was lucky to be able to spend two summers in the New River Gorge in southern WV inventorying historic coal mining features in the area that has become the national park and preserve. It was really remote then and we would hike the benches along the gorge for hours and were amazed when we would come across these four wheeler paths that looked like they were cut through a jungle. They always lead to a paulownia stump. The trees were planted as part of mine reclamation. We were told at the time that the locals were getting crazy money for it because it was being exported for use as a ceremonial wedding bowl.

Paulownia was a bit of a plantation fad around here a few years back, super fast growing yada yada yada.

Light, white, reasonably rot resistant... great for shutters and the like and used here as an alternative to Western Red Cedar (WRC is imported obviously) Termites love the stuff so it's not much good in ground contact though.

Mostly though we exported it to Japan. It's quite popular there, though demand comes and goes subject to fashion and exchange rates.

I feel like once the mill arrives, I get a bunch more experience, and feel comfortable taking on small sawing jobs, there is money to be made somehow with Paulownia whether from something I build to sell, or just the boards themselves....but let's not get too far ahead of myself LOL 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on May 13, 2021, 09:09:07 AM
All the above comments make perfect sense as to why I got the phone call in the first place.As I stated before I know nothing about Paulomia ,,,but I have written a few business plans.
  The guy that called me sounded more like a "newbie" facilitator who didn't know anything about wood or milling. He wanted detailed numbers on transportation, milling costs, production rates and volume capabilities. In short, he wanted me to develop HIS business plan for free no less.
It's obvious that with the cost of land and the cost of water in S. CA, the only thing that makes sense to grow is dope, sadly. We parted ways, and I'll have nothing to do with the dope growers either.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 13, 2021, 10:57:00 AM
TPL,

   Don't you love it when they do that? :D I get calls all the time where somebody wants me to tell them what it will cost to saw or sell them enough lumber to build a house or a shed or such. I should just start telling them it will be between $100 to one million based on the the size and design. When you start asking questions like floor joist sizes and rafter spacing, they are lost.

   I now just tell them to give me a cut list and I'll plug it into my spreadsheet and it will spit out the cost for them. I had a guy 2 weeks ago who wanted to add a lean-to to two sheds and he wanted the cost to build them and he kept telling me the current shed sizes. I did not know the rafter length, slope, height of the wall, spacing on his nailers or anything. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on May 13, 2021, 05:04:35 PM
I saw an ad on marketplace for a blue pickup. $10,000. Didn't even have a picture.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 13, 2021, 08:13:24 PM
 
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 To start with I locked the horse and mule in their stalls and brought in a load of firewood then forgot to close the gate so when I let them out Blackjack spotted the gate open and ran up and down the road showing off his fresh manicure. A neighbor spotted him and honked and my wife yelled to me and I went out on the ATV and brought him back. He seemed happy to get me in trouble and took a good roll to show off.

   A neighbor stopped by and bought about 80 bf or so of air dried 8' poplar. I offered to saw him some thinner stuff like he preferred but he wanted the air dried stock.

   A guy called a couple weeks ago wanting 2-10' 6X6 poplar posts which I cut a week ago then he call called this morning wanting 2 more and i told him I could cut them today but he was out of the area and agreed to come Monday so I bucked another couple of logs off one I'd cut before and snaked it down with the ATV.

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 The 2 bottom logs are 10' and there is a 6' log left a few feet out of the picture. I cut flitches off both sides and left the center 6" then stood it up and repeated getting 1X6 side lumber. I edged the flitches and got board from 1X4 to 1X8 that I stacked and stickered and will eventually sell or use.
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John is sick (Hydraulic problem) so loaded the lumber on the cart and left the posts on the sawhorses till next week. Total 158 bf off the 2 little logs.  The short blocks are leftovers from this weeks log planters.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on May 13, 2021, 08:34:54 PM
You have to have a little excitement with the furry friends 👍. Cute rascal 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 13, 2021, 10:53:31 PM
I get those same calls "How much for a 16'x24' deck?"  Umm - just the decking?  "No the whole thing" - they never produce a cut list so I don't venture too far into it.  Also get the calls - "How much for fencing for 1/2 acre?".....

VB I would suggest something other than dried white oak as your first log on the new mill.   
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 13, 2021, 11:03:15 PM
  I guess the answer we should be giving is: "Assuming you want 1" thick decking lumber, a 16'X24' deck is 384 bf and that will cost you $__ picked up here at my site".  Then we can let them figure what they are going to mount it to, bannister materials, posts, framing, etc. ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: woodyone.john on May 14, 2021, 02:10:09 AM
My first response used to be, how long is a piece of string
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on May 14, 2021, 08:24:22 AM
VB I would suggest something other than dried white oak as your first log on the new mill.  
A wonderful suggestion @Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297)    I've got some small cedar logs and some other randoms I can cut my teeth with...
I more meant after weeks of messing around, and dialing everything in, I could "attempt" to cut some nice WO boards for my trailer. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 14, 2021, 09:07:16 AM
My first response used to be, how long is a piece of string
John,

 I guess you never grew up in the deep south where a standard measure was "A mess" such as a mess of turnips, a mess of peas or string beans or a mess of fish. I have an old neighbor who used to stop by when he'd see my boat out when I was catfishing. One time I was filleting my last fish and I asked him if he wanted a mess and he said yes. I asked him how many he needed for a mess and he said "I have a freezer you know." I laughed and gave him the whole catch which was about 20 lbs or so. The last time I asked him he said yes and I said "I'll go up to the house and get an old ice cream bucket to something to put them in" and he reached in the back pocket of his overalls and said "I just happen to have a ziplock bag here in my pocket". I laughed as he obviously came with the plan of getting a mess of fish.

 Dad said he planted a couple of acres of assorted greens (Turnips, mustard, collards, rutabegas, etc) and he generally just opened it to the public but one year he up up a sign "Greens for sale. U-Pick. $1/mess" He said one lady was picking them and bundling them in bunches like a packed 5 gallon bucket full so each "Mess" would have fed a family of 40-50. Obviously she was going to repack them when she got home. Other people were much more conservative in the size of their "messes" of greens. Dad really did not care. It was all an honor system arrangement anyway and he really did not care if they paid or not as long as somebody enjoyed them.

 I had a friend whose mom was from England. His dad went over in WWII and met and married her there when she was about 16. He brought her home here to the backwoods of WV when he got out of the military. He said he came home one day and soon as she saw him she just busted out crying. When he calmed her down enough to talk she sobbed "The neighbors brought over a mess of roasting ears (Corn to the uninitiated) and I cooked them all day and those centers still haven't gotten soft enough to eat."
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on May 15, 2021, 10:06:26 PM
We got a late start today due to other obligations but we managed to saw a few fence boards out of some of the free logs from last week and the week before.  We also had a friend stop by for a couple of hours while we were sawing.  He has a 1991 Lt-40 that has been outside since 1991 and he still cuts with it.  Last night he got the Onan running again.  He is looking into getting a hydraulic mill.  We had a good time sawing and visiting after sawing.  

The lumber was stacked well enough to keep it from molding until the customer can arrange pickup.  We had a great day for sawing, north wind and low humidity (rarity here). 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 16, 2021, 01:57:02 AM
I took a break from sawing framing lumber and doing some hardwood sawing.  A friend borrowed his neighbor's trailer and put a palm tree through the decking.  It needed replacing anyway.  So my friend gave me a hand cutting 9 inch wide RED OAK.  Yes, Red Oak.   He said he didn't care as long it wasn't pine.  I told him it wouldn't last long, but his reply floored me.  He said his neighbor probably won't be his friend for long either.
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Then I cut some 2.5 inch thick slabs.  Sold 2 for a $100 each.  Not bad.  So I stickered live edge and cut edge.  Two of the live edge have nice knots sticking out.
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hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Thomasjw4 on May 16, 2021, 09:33:53 PM
I cut some junk doug fir today, but it was my first time firing up my Norwood LM29V2 and my first time cutting boards.  Now its time to learn a little.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Lostinmn on May 18, 2021, 12:32:59 PM
This last weekend we made a pile of mostly 1x's from a tree my uncle planted when he was 4 years old.  The lumber will get made into adirondack chairs.  Kind of a neat project!!


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on May 18, 2021, 06:39:03 PM
That almost looks like you've got more log there than sawmill!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Stephen1 on May 21, 2021, 06:31:10 PM
This was a pretty cool sawing job 
I send a tow truck to pick up the logs. I then saw sticker and the best part is I have their wood so it ends up in my kiln. I will stack sticker and sstrap the bundle . I air dry it in my  drying sheds and then in the fall I will put this wood in the kiln. They will have a new table for Christmas. i30Ē Silver Birch. 3 10í logs for a customer . She wants slabs for a table, cookies, a little 6/4 lumber and we did a few ovals. It saves the portable charge of me coming to them, and I get the wood at my place and of course into my kiln. 
People love it. I do at least 2-3 sawing jobs a month like this now.  
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: E-Tex on May 21, 2021, 09:10:00 PM
Have not posted in a while.  My regular job and the sawmill have both been very busy.  
Here's a few pics of recent milling jobs



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I am not a band coiler or uncoiler.  ReSharp sent back 30 blades coiled up for me.  Lets just say it was an adventure!   :o



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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on May 21, 2021, 09:19:19 PM
If Wood-Mizer sends me coiled. 055s, I hope they also send someone to uncoil them. ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 21, 2021, 09:20:26 PM
Ouch!!  :o 

I have been wondering where you were??  It's good to see you're still whack-n-stackin'.  thumbs-up
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: E-Tex on May 21, 2021, 09:25:35 PM
If Wood-Mizer sends me coiled. 055s, I hope they also send someone to uncoil them. ::)
the .o55s are "springy"!
i always send them in a flat box and they send back in a flat box.......except this time.
i'm pretty sure they will not coil my blades again....  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 21, 2021, 09:37:26 PM
With .055's, I drop the loop and hold the teeth against a log before uncoiling.  Same when coiling, I hold the teeth against a log and then make the coiling motion.  It works mighty slick.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dan_Shade on May 21, 2021, 10:25:28 PM
Coiling/uncoiling is an "art".  I distinctly remember my first attempt at uncoiling. I got half way done, realized that I had no idea what I was doing, and was really wishing I had gloves on....

Get a Lawnmower belt and learn the wrist movements to coil them up.  There are a few videos around on doing it. A Lawnmower belt won't bite you.  :} 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 21, 2021, 10:36:58 PM
IMG 7510 - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR82hKoJzcY)

My 18 year old Grandson, Luke coiling and uncoiling, and this was his first day to try.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 21, 2021, 10:53:07 PM
Had some new .055's - 1.75" come in coiled up, watched a bunch of videos, called a few guys, tried to uncoil them.  Checked the local ambulance response time and decided I had a big pile of sawdust and that was the perfect landing zone for airborne, self uncoling bands.  

Uncoiling bands is like being able to curl your tongue, some folks just don't have the gene to do it.   :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on May 21, 2021, 11:01:55 PM
It's kind of like petting a rattle snake.  I have learned to keep shuffling the blade until the center makes a circle and then it will flop out like it should without requiring you to get a transfusion.  Throwing them into the air and listening to them go boing boing helps you realize how much energy and potential for damage is stored in a coiled band.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on May 22, 2021, 05:56:21 AM
I never have trouble with my 55 I open and close with my hands. But I have been doing this for a long time. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 22, 2021, 09:32:57 AM
Ditto and Ditto. 

Heavy gloves and slowly control whatever is happening.    No "boing" when you're holding it.   
Final opening up is with both hands and the bulk of the band well away from yourself. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on May 22, 2021, 04:43:27 PM
Last Monday my brother drove up from Pa. with a trailer loaded with short walnut logs. Very short...about three feet long. He is a woodworker with a nice shop and got these logs for free. Other than being short, the logs were very nice.

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My brother was really happy with the way the lumber came out and he now has a good supply of walnut for small projects.

Happy sawing.....Cutter
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: York Woodwright on May 22, 2021, 10:00:16 PM
Spent my birthday milling Eastern White Pine - a most enjoyable day. There are few sawmills in the Greater Toronto Area and I donít advertise my mill, but due to the unjustifiable lumber prices and word of mouth, I am busier than ever. The cantís edges are weathered as the logs sat for several years thanks to cancer. The mill is in a 40 foot hi cube shipping container. It is not optimum but it works reasonably well. When I get through my backlog of lumber orders, Iíll install the stationary legs and remove the axle ó the extra space will be appreciated!  Thanks for looking. Charles
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 22, 2021, 11:44:08 PM
Happy Birthday York WW!
        hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Go-fer-wood on May 23, 2021, 12:27:04 AM
I was considering purchasing a roller/block high-performance blade guide kit for my LT 40 with a 36 hp engine. I was wondering if anyone had some advice as whether you actually gain any performance from the upgrade, or is it something to waste money on?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on May 23, 2021, 12:28:44 AM
Yay! Had my first customer today (first person paying me to mill for them). Milled 11 of these slabs, 2.5 inches thick. Customer even tipped me! Log was thankfully pretty short....still went through a lot of chain though!


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on May 23, 2021, 12:31:25 AM
As my week long road trip comes to an end, I have already picked up enough jobs to come back in September. The last 3 days were a lot of work, but enjoyable as I was milling for my cousins who planted these trees when they were in high school. We made lots of 2x6 Doug fir. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 23, 2021, 07:42:48 AM
I was considering purchasing a roller/block high-performance blade guide kit for my LT 40 with a 36 hp engine. I was wondering if anyone had some advice as whether you actually gain any performance from the upgrade, or is it something to waste money on?
From what I have read there is no real advantage and is no better than a properly aligned sawmill with the standard blade guides.
The "high-performance" kit will reduce the width of your throat opening.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Go-fer-wood on May 23, 2021, 01:45:07 PM
Thanks MM great advice, Iíve had issues with wavy cuts in knotty yellow pine and uneven cuts @ the end of the log. I went through the sawmill routine alignment procedures per the manual this week and have also sharpened several blades from 10 degree to 7 and 4 degree but havenít had a chance to try it out yet. So I was sitting around on this wet weekend  studying about ways to increase blade performance. Thanks again.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 23, 2021, 02:36:34 PM
I do not know of anything worse than serious SYP knots.  Well there is seasoned/dried Hickory & Black Locust but you ain't supposed to saw that anyway.  I only use Turbo 7į blades.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 23, 2021, 04:17:07 PM
Have you checked your drive belt tension? A slipping belt will sometimes not reveal itself until the band finds a hard spot, then the RPM'S drop and the band wanders in the cut. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 23, 2021, 04:32:12 PM
Today, my Grand daughter was playing on my sawdust pile.  It really shows how much I have been sawing lately, until this rain soaked last half of May hit.
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hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Go-fer-wood on May 23, 2021, 09:18:01 PM
No I havenít checked drive belt tension but I will now. Thanks
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on May 24, 2021, 07:05:39 AM
Brandi, sawdust piles are magnets. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on May 24, 2021, 08:15:12 AM
Brandi, nice sawmill model.  looks like fun.   :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 24, 2021, 11:42:06 AM
Brandi, sawdust piles are magnets.
Did you mean to say sawdust piles are kid magnets?  Yes, they are.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 24, 2021, 11:43:52 AM
Brandi, nice sawmill model.  looks like fun.   :)
Yep, she is a camera ham like her Momma.  The day before we had to hose her off after her flip flop got stuck in a mudhole.
  hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on May 24, 2021, 08:29:54 PM
Does she walk on water too? I'd sink in to that sawdust I think.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 24, 2021, 09:28:55 PM
106 mile road trip sawing ~64 X 18' Longleaf Pine logs. 

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And might fine logs they are with most being 16"+ top end.

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A skidsteer e/w a grapple to move the logs to the sawmill.

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Two college kids are the tailgunners shown here knocking some loose bark from the logs.

This will be sawn for the customer's new home.  Today's cut list was for 2X6's and 2X8's and after traveling and setting up I still managed 2500bf.  We will hold back the larger logs to be sawn into 1X4's & 12's for the B&B siding.  I will saw 1X7's for flooring, ceiling, and wall paneling.

I will saw this week and then due to some personal non-sawing commitments I will have to skip the next week and then resume sawing the following week.

Thankfully these logs have "seasoned" for a couple of months and are not as sticky/sappy but I am still having to lean on the LubeMizer.  I used 5 gallons of lube today which is very unusual.   
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 24, 2021, 10:21:58 PM
Does she walk on water too? I'd sink in to that sawdust I think.
That pile has been tamped down by 16 straight days of rain.  It would hold you up.  My feet sink about 3 inches into it.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 24, 2021, 10:25:12 PM
106 mile road trip sawing ~64 X 18' Longleaf Pine logs.  






And might fine logs they are with most being 16"+ top end.


 
A skidsteer e/w a grapple to move the logs to the sawmill.


 
Two college kids are the tailgunners shown here knocking some loose bark from the logs.

This will be sawn for the customer's new home.  Today's cut list was for 2X6's and 2X8's and after traveling and setting up I still managed 2500bf.  We will hold back the larger logs to be sawn into 1X4's & 12's for the B&B siding.  I will saw 1X7's for flooring, ceiling, and wall paneling.

I will saw this week and then due to some personal non-sawing commitments I will have to skip the next week and then resume sawing the following week.

Thankfully these logs have "seasoned" for a couple of months and are not as sticky/sappy but I am still having to lean on the LubeMizer.  I used 5 gallons of lube today which is very unusual.  
Lynn,
      Is a LubeMizer a worthwhile addition?  I deleted it on my order and have no idea if one could help or not.
 hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on May 25, 2021, 12:46:31 AM
That looks like a good job MM! I had 5 days scheduled this week starting tomorrow and when I called the first customer (2days) he said he wasnít ready and he wished I had given him a little more notice. I reminded him that we scheduled these 2 specific days 3 weeks ago 🙈. I called the people on my list who wanted to be considered for cancellations and they were all busy, so I guess Iíll move some more dirt on my place tomorrow for the sawmill pad 👍🏻
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 25, 2021, 08:41:36 AM
Lynn,

   Sounds like somebody is slacking and I can't see why you don't just knock that order out by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning and go back home. :D I still envy straight clear logs like that especially when it is cut into framing.

   I just returned last night from the land of the sweetgums, kudzu and SYP - passed through Virginia, NC, SC, Ga, Ala and into the panhandle of Fla about 40 miles north of Pensacola. I think my wife smuggled back several chiggers. We went down for an old HS buddy's wedding which was last Saturday. He was 68 and never been married. My wife did the wedding photos. Nearly everyone we met was super nice and lots of fun to be around and great to see so many old friends. My wife did leave her camera flash somewhere on our rounds. Hopefully it will turn up. Went to see some old HS buddies and we planned next years 51 year class reunion since we missed the 50 year one due to covid.

    We left yesterday and about 30 miles away she remembered she had left her cell phone so after waking the Hindu hotel owner and getting him to check and verify we had not left it in the hotel room we drove back to my mom's house and found it on her couch where we had been the night before. Cost us an hour and 50+ extra miles and we had to rush on to Charlotte (Actually Gastonia) to get there just as the Bernina sewing machine repair lady was scheduled to leave at 4:00 pm. Stopped at Sonny's BBQ in Mooresville then got home to WV about 9:30. We'd spent Wednesday night in Charlotte dropping off the 2 sewing machines and visited our daughter, SIL and grandkids. Our little 26 month old gd looks like a Shirley Temple model with such curly brown hair and a super sweet personality. We had a blast with them. 

   Now I need to start working on a composting toilet and catch up on some other backlog calls that came in while I was on the road. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 25, 2021, 11:38:25 AM
106 mile road trip sawing ~64 X 18' Longleaf Pine logs.  






And might fine logs they are with most being 16"+ top end.


 
A skidsteer e/w a grapple to move the logs to the sawmill.


 
Two college kids are the tailgunners shown here knocking some loose bark from the logs.

This will be sawn for the customer's new home.  Today's cut list was for 2X6's and 2X8's and after traveling and setting up I still managed 2500bf.  We will hold back the larger logs to be sawn into 1X4's & 12's for the B&B siding.  I will saw 1X7's for flooring, ceiling, and wall paneling.

I will saw this week and then due to some personal non-sawing commitments I will have to skip the next week and then resume sawing the following week.

Thankfully these logs have "seasoned" for a couple of months and are not as sticky/sappy but I am still having to lean on the LubeMizer.  I used 5 gallons of lube today which is very unusual.  
Lynn,
      Is a LubeMizer a worthwhile addition?  I deleted it on my order and have no idea if one could help or not.
 hugs,  Brandi
Brandi:
I have the lube mizer system on my mill and I also have used an entire jug in a day (water and cotton spindle cleaner mix)sawing eastern white pine.  I cant imagine not having that option.  
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 25, 2021, 01:10:22 PM
106 mile road trip sawing ~64 X 18' Longleaf Pine logs.  






And might fine logs they are with most being 16"+ top end.


 
A skidsteer e/w a grapple to move the logs to the sawmill.


 
Two college kids are the tailgunners shown here knocking some loose bark from the logs.

This will be sawn for the customer's new home.  Today's cut list was for 2X6's and 2X8's and after traveling and setting up I still managed 2500bf.  We will hold back the larger logs to be sawn into 1X4's & 12's for the B&B siding.  I will saw 1X7's for flooring, ceiling, and wall paneling.

I will saw this week and then due to some personal non-sawing commitments I will have to skip the next week and then resume sawing the following week.

Thankfully these logs have "seasoned" for a couple of months and are not as sticky/sappy but I am still having to lean on the LubeMizer.  I used 5 gallons of lube today which is very unusual.  
Lynn,
      Is a LubeMizer a worthwhile addition?  I deleted it on my order and have no idea if one could help or not.
 hugs,  Brandi
Brandi:
I have the lube mizer system on my mill and I also have used an entire jug in a day (water and cotton spindle cleaner mix)sawing eastern white pine.  I cant imagine not having that option.  
GAB
GAB,
     What makes it so much better than the standard lube installation?  For me, more sap equals more drip of the water and Dawn mix.  Every now and then, when the blade starts making that sssssssssssssssssss sound, I open the valve and let the blade get lubed enough to stop the sssssssssssssssssss sound.  Works, but is time consuming resetting the valve to drip just right.  So.......why is the LubeMizer worth installing???????
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on May 25, 2021, 02:16:05 PM
I like my LubeMizer. I have a wireless remote, so it shuts off as soon I stop the head from travelling forward. Having said that, I haven't used lube in years. It doesn't self prime if I run it out water. I think one of the check valves may not be working.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 25, 2021, 07:33:33 PM
Brandi:
Please correct me if I am wrong as I do not know your system.
I think your system lubes just the top of the blade where as the Lubemizer system shoots on both sides of the blade.
The system has two settings flip the switch up and you can adjust the frequency of squirts applied.
Flip the switch to the down position and it is a continuous flow until you stop it.
If the switch is in the center then the system is off.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 25, 2021, 08:52:32 PM
   I got a late start this afternoon after mowing the yard because I thought it was fixing to rain, and then I started building on my first composting toilet. I cut 3 treated 2X6X8s into 2-48" and 4 - 44-3/4" pieces and nailed them together to make a 4' square base then I covered it with 1" ash, nailed on at a 45* angle so the floor is done. I checked my spruce stack and only had 2-2X4s then found 2 more poplar 2X4s so I went over and sawed one of my small 8' spruce logs I had cut for planters and made 5 - 2X4s and one 2X6 out of it. I decided the log was better suited for outhouse framing than log planters which were about to bankrupt me on the royalties associated with making them. ::) I also sawed a 6' poplar butt log and got 13 more 2X4s out of it so I am in good shape on framing for a while. I did not get any pictures as I left my camera because I had not planned on sawing. I think I have plenty of 3/4" spruce siding but have another planter log I can cut if I start to run short.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 25, 2021, 09:36:35 PM
Brandi - my 35 does not have the lube mizer, and my Super 70 does so I can tell you first hand that it's worth having.  Time savings is one advantage, lube expense is something, not much, but something, however having my boards come off the mill with zero sawdust, because I am not using too much lube, and keeping a clean band at the same time makes it worth having.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 25, 2021, 10:05:32 PM
Is a LubeMizer a worthwhile addition?
Absolutely not but I would not be without it.  I bought my sawmill used and it did not have the LubeMizer and I added it.  It is especially worthwhile sawing this sappy Longleaf Pine.  I am continuously watching the blade and the instant I see a buildup I can increase the pulse frequency or switch it to continuous to remove the blade buildup. 


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_9767.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1621993299)
 
Here was my spectators for this morning. 

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I have hit lotsa bullets but this one was apparently flipping because it entered the tree backwards.  No it did not completely penetrate the tree.  The flat tail was toward the inside of the tree and the point toward the bark.  That plus it is the only jacketed/lead core bullet that has ever wrecked a blade.

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This is the butt of a ~20" log.  Notice the growth rings :) and you will also notice the pitch. :-X

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Yup, the side support roller was long overdue for a polishing.  That also wrecked a blade.  :-X

We are making steady process but it looked like another dozen or so logs were brought in last evening after I left.  We will stop sawing Thursday and I will leave the sawmill on location.  We plan to resume sawing on June 7th.  I did not get a tally on today's sawing but it was average.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 25, 2021, 10:16:01 PM
You are making me drool over the nice vertical grain flooring in those logs MM. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on May 25, 2021, 10:48:02 PM
Last month I got the side support twice in one day, I was on fire lol 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 25, 2021, 11:23:49 PM
Brandi:
Please correct me if I am wrong as I do not know your system.
I think your system lubes just the top of the blade where as the Lubemizer system shoots on both sides of the blade.
The system has two settings flip the switch up and you can adjust the frequency of squirts applied.
Flip the switch to the down position and it is a continuous flow until you stop it.
If the switch is in the center then the system is off.
GAB
GAB,
Correct on mine just squirting one side.  I read up after posting to you, on the Lubemizer, and think I will go ahead and get it.  I can see the switch in squirt and continuous is way better AND faster.
                    hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on May 26, 2021, 07:16:19 AM
Lynn, I can see what Southside sees, and that is scary. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trimguy on May 26, 2021, 08:52:37 AM
OK I got to ask, whatís the difference between vertical grain and quartersawn? Is it because one is hardwood and one is softwood, are you a little more particular about the grain instead of the fleck , or is it a marketing technique ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Wudman on May 26, 2021, 09:09:21 AM
OK I got to ask, whatís the difference between vertical grain and quartersawn? Is it because one is hardwood and one is softwood, are you a little more particular about the grain instead of the fleck , or is it a marketing technique ?
They are the same.  Pine does not have the ray fleck, so you are just sawing for the vertical grain effect.  It is a premium product.


Wud
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trimguy on May 26, 2021, 01:02:15 PM
Thank you for clearing that up for me.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 26, 2021, 01:14:54 PM
Brandi:
If you acquire and install a lubemizer system make sure and purchase some spare 2 and 4 amp fuses.
Having a system down for lack of a 2 amp fuse is a bummer.
If I was in your position I would leave the current system as is and add a second one so that in a worst case situation I could do either the gravity flow or the lubemizer system by just changing the hose to the blade lube jug.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 26, 2021, 05:09:27 PM
I would not even consider leaving the old system and I really doubt that it would be feasable anyway.  I would hate to have to saw without the LubeMizer.


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My day started out very well with nothing but large straight Longleaf Pine logs.....until!  Do you see it?

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A closer look!!  Yup, this will ruin your morning's sawing.

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So I finished sawing the log on the sawmill and then had lunch.  Yup, first time that I have ever made a ham & shrimp sammich. food6

So my customer got back with a skidsteer tire and we were up and running again.....until...

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Yup, grapple through the "new" tire.

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Not only did it let all of the "magic" air out, it also ruined the evening's sawing.  :-X

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I don't think that I sawed but 3 logs today, so certainly no tally.  The above is what we have stickered; 1X8's on the far left then 2X8's, 2X6's, 2ĺX14 slabs, and 6X6's. 

Maybe with the skidsteer back into operation we can get some sawing done tomorrow, then I will be off until June 7th.  The sawmill will stay at this location.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 26, 2021, 06:05:48 PM
Seems like there should be a physical stop on the grapple to prevent just that tire damage.
How was the sammich?
I agree about removing my old system.  I would think some of has to be reused anyway.
hugs, Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on May 26, 2021, 06:28:11 PM
Two skid steer tires in one day. There's no patch for that!
Yikes!
Somebody said a few FF days ago: "You'll remember a bought lesson much long than a taught lesson." 😖 
Switching over to forks might save somebody a lot of aggrivation, and money, plus that red face feeling, when showing up at the tire shop twice. . . . on the same day.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 26, 2021, 07:48:33 PM
Seems like there should be a physical stop on the grapple to prevent just that tire damage. How was the sammich?
I would agree about a stop but who knows what adaptations might have been done with/to the attachments to connect that grapple to that skidsteer.

The sammich was most excellent.  Guess that I shoulda taken a picture of my evening meal.  Blackened rainbow trout with a "New Orleans" something with shrimp on top.  Also most excellent.

Yes Southside and WDH, those logs are also "most excellent".

Two new jobs came in today and them wanting to know how quickly I could get there and I have no idea how I am gonna do those that are already on the book.  When I finish a job I call the oldest which is how it works.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 26, 2021, 08:12:14 PM
Magicman:
In reply to your following statement:
"I would not even consider leaving the old system and I really doubt that it would be feasable anyway."
Those of us living in the glaciated north (@WDH term I believe) sometimes only need to saw one or two logs and not 
wanting to have to rewinterize the lube pump just use the gravity system.  I added it to my mill strictly for that reason.
Not winterizing the lube system I believe is why I'm on the third pump.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 26, 2021, 08:26:58 PM
Thankfully I do not live in the Glaciated North but I still use a freeze proof lube mix in the Winter, which would not freeze anyway, and also purge my LubeMizer with RV antifreeze when I stop for the day.

I am surprised that you choose to not use a freeze proof lube mix in the Winter.  :o
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on May 26, 2021, 09:53:19 PM
I cut every tree that grows in NH. And cut dry. from time to time I turn on the water for 1 or 2 cuts then off comes stuff on the blade. 5 gal every 8 weeks or so. What a lot of sawers do is cut too slow and dulls and gums up the blade.
And I have recut longleaf Pine dry too.

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But I will say it can be painful sometimes :D

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 :D ;)
This blade hit iron so I left the pitch on.
99% dry cutting.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: samandothers on May 26, 2021, 10:05:36 PM
Big bummer on skid steer tires.  Though it seems if it caught one side  it would catch the other side.  Maybe cut off the offending grapple tooth or grind it from canine to molar.

By the way, initially I thought it was pine grubs with ham.  steve_smiley 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 27, 2021, 01:46:45 AM
Magicman:
In reply to your following statement:
"I would not even consider leaving the old system and I really doubt that it would be feasable anyway."
Those of us living in the glaciated north (@WDH term I believe) sometimes only need to saw one or two logs and not
wanting to have to rewinterize the lube pump just use the gravity system.  I added it to my mill strictly for that reason.
Not winterizing the lube system I believe is why I'm on the third pump.
GAB
What...........does..............winterize...............mean? ???  Ya gotta remember, I leave my water hoses out all year. ;D
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Ianab on May 27, 2021, 02:59:00 AM
What...........does..............winterize...............mean?  


Folks living in the seriously cold climates have to prepare their vehicles / equipment / houses for winter. Things we take for granted freeze up, like diesel fuel, water pipes, brass monkeys etc. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on May 27, 2021, 05:51:29 AM
I had a side wall blow out on big Bob this week. I have a spare set of wheels and tires. The tires are weather cracked. It will get me by for the moment. 
I ask that my bands not get flat packed. I don't care for the flat packs.
Many trailer loads of sawn wood have left the mill all ready this week.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on May 27, 2021, 08:27:38 AM
@bindian, this is what winterized looks like.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/APB_PPE_1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1622118157) 
But it's not so bad, 'cause it's a dry cold, y'know?  😆
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on May 27, 2021, 09:08:32 AM
that's funny, cause they have dry heat in Texas, as it is not the heat, but the humidity! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: alan gage on May 27, 2021, 09:17:12 AM

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So I finished sawing the log on the sawmill and then had lunch.  Yup, first time that I have ever made a ham & shrimp sammich. food6


When I first saw this I thought it was pine grubs. About lost my breakfast.
Alan
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on May 27, 2021, 09:35:26 AM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_9792.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1622062568)
 
So I finished sawing the log on the sawmill and then had lunch.  Yup, first time that I have ever made a ham & shrimp sammich. food6


When I first saw this I thought it was pine grubs. About lost my breakfast.
Alan
Grubs from a pine tree or grubs from the sea, six of one or half dozen of the other. (Old saying)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 27, 2021, 09:43:14 AM
@bindian, this is what winterized looks like.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/APB_PPE_1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1622118157)
But it's not so bad, 'cause it's a dry cold, y'know?  😆
Andries:
Good one.
Now can you come up with a picture of someone with icicles attached to the mustache, beard, eyelashes, and fogged up eye protectors, with exhaling steam.
Gerald
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on May 27, 2021, 10:21:56 AM
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/APB_more_fur_than_face.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1474682519)
No sweat GAB.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on May 27, 2021, 10:32:49 AM
You ain't havin' fun until you've got a pound of ice in your beard. ;D

My lube tank goes inside with me every night in winter, rarely use WW fluid. I run hot water with a shot of Pine Sol, scrape the sawdust off before it freezes. One of my dream sawmill mods is make a built in hot water heater for the mill. ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on May 27, 2021, 10:43:18 AM
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/20201207_111540.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1607391352) 
. . . and if Stihl offers heated handles on a chainsaw, why not on a sawmill?  😆
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on May 27, 2021, 12:24:31 PM
I bought a coil of cooper tubing and planned to wrap the exhaust on my log splitter.  could have a water tank, and get instant hot/warm water for washing or hot chocolate.  It was though I might be out in the wilderness for days splitting wood.  It mostly stays at home in the same spot, so i can get hot stuff 100 feet away.  I take it to camp Alaska each Feb.  but now that copper is worth more than the log splitter.   :D :D  would have a fun novelty to make instant hot water from the log splitter.  might do it someday for fun.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on May 27, 2021, 12:55:22 PM
Andries:
Thanks for posting the pictures.
Gerald
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 27, 2021, 01:44:48 PM
Things we take for granted freeze up, like diesel fuel, water pipes, brass monkeys etc. 


That's gotta mean something different there than it did to a kid growing up listening to the Beastie Boys in the '80s. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on May 27, 2021, 05:48:19 PM
On a ship in the colonial times the canon balls were stored on deck on a brass plate. The plate was called a "Brass monkey". When the weather got cold the brass would shrink and the cannon balls would fall of the monkey.
So, the saying is that it was cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey.

Jim Rogers
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on May 27, 2021, 06:30:15 PM
Things we take for granted freeze up, like diesel fuel, water pipes, brass monkeys etc.


That's gotta mean something different there than it did to a kid growing up listening to the Beastie Boys in the '80s. :D
You just gave me a flashback with that one! 🤣
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tmarch on May 27, 2021, 08:44:46 PM
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/APB_more_fur_than_face.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1474682519)
No sweat GAB.
What, no snot dripping?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 27, 2021, 09:39:14 PM
 
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I do not mind eating Pine Grubs but I prefer them as appetizers.

Brandi, Most if not all of us use Winter windshield washer fluid in the lube tank.  If it is 0į formula I generally mix it 50-50 with water.  I can sometime find -20į so I only put a gallon in.  RV antifreeze is -100į and I sometime use it to purge my pump when I shut down.  It's certainly an overkill, but I have never had a pump freeze either.   We seldom see the teens and very rarely single digits so any of the above WW fluids will work for purging, just use your best judgment.  Of course your "freeze line" is probably about what mine is.


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It surely was nice working today with a skidsteer that had no flat tire.

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Some of the vertical wood grain that Southside and WDH were drooling over.

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1X12's with the other lumber in the background.

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1X8's with the 1X12's in the background.

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All of the lumber with the 1X12's in the far background.  I only sawed 3 logs yesterday and we quit at 3:00 this afternoon so putting it together I actually sawed 3 days. I started with 64 logs and have 31 left.  Total yield so far is 7102 bf.  I left the sawmill and will return to this job on June 7th.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 27, 2021, 10:19:23 PM
   I'm embarrassed to post after seeing MMs logs and stack of lumber but since I am not on some survival show I ain't eating no grubs! Like I always said about a possum "Times ain't got that hard yet." 

   I piddled with my composting toilet and made 2 rough looking but serviceable windows. The plexiglass is thin enough I can just cut a groove with the finger eating table saw and it slips right in. I had to stop and sold a little maple to a guy who found my ad on craigslist. The firsts tack looked pretty rough but he would have been okay then I remembered a second stack and got him what he needed out of it. I'll start using the other stuff for making outhouse floors or box  seats or such to use it up.

   I had a neighbor called and wanted 2- 2.5"X6"X 16' bridge timbers. I told him all I had was poplar and it was not good for ground contact but he said cut them as they'd likely outlast him and his brother. I had a 16' spruce left from my planter project and bucked it to 6' and 10' and cut it into 2X4's. I got in a hurry and rippled over a couple of knots typical of spruce. Not something I would ever sell but I can use it for my projects. 

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Spruce on/at the loading arms and 16' poplar to the right 
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No pictures of my ugly embarrassing spruce but this is the 16' poplar. Mostly 1X8s that I will buck to 8' or 10' & 8' and stack tomorrow plus the 10/4 bridge timbers.  
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Still on the mill a 10/4 X 6" timber with a ragged end (I had some shake in the butt log) and about 12' of 10/4X4" that ran out. It has so much tension in it I can't resaw down to 8/4 so I'll use if for project wood around the house for something. I'll deliver the 2-10/4 to my neighbor about 1/4 mile down the road tomorrow. About 307 bf out of everything I sawed this afternoon.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Mountainmindset on May 27, 2021, 10:46:28 PM
Iíve been milling up a few smaller chestnut oaks into 2Ēx8Ēx20í for trailer decking. Still have a few to go, but hereís a video of me cutting the first two if anyone is interested. 
https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o (https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 27, 2021, 11:33:23 PM
@bindian, this is what winterized looks like.
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But it's not so bad, 'cause it's a dry cold, y'know?  😆
Whoa..........I never saw it cold enough to wear a dust mask. ::)  Dry cold is easy.  It is the humidity in the 90s here that take people out.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 27, 2021, 11:35:51 PM
that's funny, cause they have dry heat in Texas, as it is not the heat, but the humidity! :D :D :D
Doc,
No dry heat here.  Only in West Texas, the Panhandle, and Dallas.  We got we humid heat here AND humid cold.  Typical Jan. weather is raining and 40 degrees.
hugs, Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 27, 2021, 11:51:29 PM

Brandi, Most if not all of us use Winter windshield washer fluid in the lube tank.  If it is 0į formula I generally mix it 50-50 with water.  I can sometime find -20į so I only put a gallon in.  RV antifreeze is -100į and I sometime use it to purge my pump when I shut down.  It's certainly an overkill, but I have never had a pump freeze either.   We seldom see the teens and very rarely single digits so any of the above WW fluids will work for purging, just use your best judgment.  Of course your "freeze line" is probably about what mine is.

Lynn,
Where can I buy Winter windshield washer fluid? ???  I have never seen Winter windshield washer fluid. ::)  We just have windshield washer fluid here. :D  Can you just disconnect from the tank and run the LubeMizer until it stops squirting? :snowball:
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on May 28, 2021, 05:26:35 AM
@bindian, this is what winterized looks like.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19307/APB_PPE_1.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1622118157)
But it's not so bad, 'cause it's a dry cold, y'know?  😆
Andries:
Good one.
Now can you come up with a picture of someone with icicles attached to the mustache, beard, eyelashes, and fogged up eye protectors, with exhaling steam.
Gerald
We call 'em "Snoticles".....
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on May 28, 2021, 06:45:04 AM
This would be a 'wet cold'.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/52103/chilly.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1622198387)
 

The winter humidity really takes it out of ya. Noting at all like the cold you get up at altitude in places like NM or CO where it can get a lot colder but not feel as bad.

 OTOH I have been in east TX in July with the temp at 96į and the humidity at 99% (no rain) and you can swipe your hand through the air and it comes up wet. I'll take the dry over the wet anytime, heat or cold.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: nativewolf on May 28, 2021, 07:16:51 AM
Iíve been milling up a few smaller chestnut oaks into 2Ēx8Ēx20í for trailer decking. Still have a few to go, but hereís a video of me cutting the first two if anyone is interested.
https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o (https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o)
You'll fit right on in, welcome to the forum.  
The CO was green, are you worried about it shrinking on the deck?  What says the forum?  I'm a bit concerned with selling trailer decking because I think people would install green and it might shrink in ways that caused issues.  Here it is all on mountainmindset so that's cool but for the general public ?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 28, 2021, 08:01:18 AM
Brandi, yup here it's mostly +32į stuff.  During the Winter WalMart might have 0į and sometime -20į.  Our RV isle almost always has the -100į RV stuff but it is kinda pricey but for purging you don't use much.  I run it dry and then run it until it squirts. 

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I installed a quick connect on the hose at the lube tank and then have a short section of hose that I connect that reaches the bottom of the jug.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on May 28, 2021, 08:20:54 AM
I visitid a high school friend.  her dad got moved to Dallas.  It was 106.  If you walked on a black top driveway, your feet felt sticky and your tenni-runners left a little bit of rubber with the print of your shoe left on the ground.  twas hot.  the worst is Florida, you cannot run from an airconditioned building to your car with the AC running without soaking your shirt.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Walnut Beast on May 28, 2021, 08:31:09 AM
Come on Doc donít you like that high humidity in gator country 😂
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 28, 2021, 09:04:05 AM
Doc don't know nuttin' yet:


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_1094.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1470757564)
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Wudman on May 28, 2021, 10:05:29 AM
Things we take for granted freeze up, like diesel fuel, water pipes, brass monkeys etc.


That's gotta mean something different there than it did to a kid growing up listening to the Beastie Boys in the '80s. :D
My daughter FaceTimed my wife last night.  She was dancing on her deck with friends listening to the Gap Band and "You Dropped A Bomb on Me."  Brought back memories.  I'm fairly certain a fermented fruit product was involved as well.

Wud
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Mountainmindset on May 28, 2021, 12:39:24 PM
Iíve been milling up a few smaller chestnut oaks into 2Ēx8Ēx20í for trailer decking. Still have a few to go, but hereís a video of me cutting the first two if anyone is interested.
https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o (https://youtu.be/1Tz3zFr633o)
You'll fit right on in, welcome to the forum.  
The CO was green, are you worried about it shrinking on the deck?  What says the forum?  I'm a bit concerned with selling trailer decking because I think people would install green and it might shrink in ways that caused issues.  Here it is all on mountainmindset so that's cool but for the general public ?
Thanks! I just put some screws from the bottom to hopefully keep them from warping too bad. Iím not using the trailer right now, just working on it so hopefully it dries enough in the meantime. Iíll do the same with the rest after I saw it. Once itís all pretty dry, Iíll bolt it down. Iím not too worried about a few cracks between the boards. Hopefully they wonít be too bad. I donít plan on selling any trailer decking after handing those 2x8ís. Lol!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on May 28, 2021, 01:43:51 PM
Tractor Supply has RV Antifreeze as well, usually in the $3.00 ish per gallon range. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on May 28, 2021, 04:14:45 PM
  the worst is Florida, you cannot run from an airconditioned building to your car with the AC running without soaking your shirt.  
You are describing Southeast Texas in July, August and Sept.  Especially at night.  I would go through 3 changes of work clothes, each night, in the hangar.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 31, 2021, 10:21:01 PM
    I drove 29 miles and set up to saw 21' cabin logs for a customer.

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I found these 3 stacks of logs staged on the opposite side of the road from the last time I visited and sawed there. They were downhill from the road to the barn. I managed to get my mill in and set up in the field below them. The lady honchoing the project asked why I decided to set up there instead of on the road. I told her because there was no way 2 helpers with cant hooks were going to be able to roll a bunch of 21' logs uphill.

   My "Big, burly, mentally challenged helpers I had specified as required to handle the side lumber and load the logs turned out to be an 80 y/o neighbor and a skinny, 60+ y/o retired USAF retiree. To their credit they did well but we had to adjust and have the lady customer driving the tractor remove the flitches and slabs. The helpers would slide them off and she'd transport them to the staging area. I'd lift the toeboards and she'd slide the forks under. On the second side the flitches would be on top and the helpers would slide them off on the way. Meanwhile I would be sawing the next log they had loaded on the mills lifting arms. Waiting on the tractor slowed the process down some but was a good compromise. With 6.4 engine hours on the mill in about 7 hours we completed 24 logs. Several were squared to 6X10's while the rest were live edge 6" thick. We completed the upper stack. Many of the logs were crooked and a real challenge to produce a workable cabin log. One was so bad I rejected it out of hand. It was in the way and we had to load then lift off the back side of the mill.
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 At the end of the day I moved the mill to the next stack, covered it for the evening and the big tractor is in the shade.
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 Ready to start the next stack tomorrow.
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 Slabs and flitches in the weeds next to a shed. We will process them tomorrow or the next day. We agreed on 7/8" sheeting and 1-7/8" from framing. The lady asked me at the end of the day if we had enough framing. I told her no way for me to answer that as I did not know what they had planned. Her hubby came out during sawing and asked why we were sawing the sizes and about the framing. I told him "Because that is what your wife said to cut." End of discussion.  To her credit she is a young wife with 4 kids under about 8 years old and you have to love a lady who comes out wearing Carhart overalls and coat and driving the tractor.
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LE 6" cabin logs. The upper stack is edged 6X10s. I think we have about 50 more to do. A conservative estimate for today's sawing is 1058 bf based on my average sawing rate. I'm billing by the hour due to the tedious nature and extra handling. She is still going to come out okay and it is fair to me.

   I called on the way home and did a site visit for a repeat customer for Saturday assuming this job is done and weather permits. He has about 8-10 WO/RO logs about 7-8 ft long and from about 15-24 inches in diameter. Looks like an easy one day job 10-12 miles from home.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on May 31, 2021, 11:01:26 PM
Outstanding!!!   8)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 31, 2021, 11:06:55 PM
   I removed the rear bumper to gain a couple extra inches there and one thing I learned is doing that allowed the plastic scraper on the back of the lubricated pad that greases the rail to fall out. I'll put it back after I finish this job. Just something you all need to keep in mind if you ever remove that rear bumper on a WM mill.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: trapper on June 01, 2021, 09:06:42 PM
tree trimmer brought me  some firewood and I got 2 6x8 and 1 8x8 10 feet long oak. rest is firewood
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 01, 2021, 10:20:21 PM
 
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 I continued my log cabin log sawing today. I had the son of one of yesterday's helpers and he was top notch! Probably in his mid to late 40s and worked circles around the 3 -19 y/o Mormon Missionaries who also came to help. They were were not bad but lacked the experience and initiative to jump right in without being told what to do. The 3 of them stayed till shortly after lunch then left. The lady customer continued to drive the tractor and served as the project manager. About 4:00 pm she disappeared and came back out with a compress on her R eye. She had gotten something in it yesterday and it flared up so she left my helper to watch the 4 kids while she went to the doctor until her husband returned from the "cowpracter" or "accupokerist". When he got back he told us his wife and called and they found she had a small splinter inside her eyelid, removed the splinter and  gave her some numbing drops and said she should be fine tomorrow. The logs above are what are left from yesterday's stack plus several others the lady added while I was sawing. 8 left in the stack, one small log on the mill and another on the arms. I think our total count for the day with 7.3 hours on the engine and a complete tank (5.8 gallons) of gas used were 32 more logs. Total complete 59. Remaining either 22 or 23 depending on what else she finds. :D
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Flitches and slabs from today in front. Much neat than yesterday. The husband was moving the cabin logs to the stack so I did not get a picture of them.

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 I cleaned, lubed and covered the mill and packed up. On the way out this lady was in the customer's drive. I should have shut of the truck to take the picture for a better focus I guess. Before I left the house I had watched a young buck in velvet in my pasture by my yard fence about 35 yards away. I see lots in the hay fields and pastures on my trip to the client and back. One turkey was loving the fresh cut hay field for bug hunting.

 I have an early start tomorrow, same good helper and his dad so I hope we finish and I can come back and finish my composting toilet before the weekend.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Daburner87 on June 01, 2021, 10:48:35 PM
^^^Hey WV, is 6x10 a common size cut for log cabin logs?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 02, 2021, 06:00:30 AM
   They were for sill plates or such. The logs themselves are live edge and 6" thick. She had me cut a few 8X8 and several of the 6X10. Very few of her logs will make a 6X10. Lots of curve and sweep and a real challenge at times. Mostly I lay the log on the mill and let it come to rest naturally and then saw off the top and bottom leaving 6" out of the middle. Looks to me like an awful lot of chinking will be needed but that is what the customer ordered and their logs. I' trying to keep the hearts/pith centered but that is also hard to do because it wanders so much in some of these logs. I just get as close as I can and sometimes I have to cut long wedges to try to level out the hearts and such.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 02, 2021, 09:14:37 PM
   I met my helpers and customer at 7:00 this morning. My good helper from yesterday was back and his dad from the first day. Both are good. The 80 y/o dad would work circles around the 19 y/o missionaries we had yesterday morning. They were good young men just inexperienced

 We finished the 10 logs in the first stack then moved down the hill to the next stack and sawed another 20 or so. It was hard to keep up as the customer kept bringing more. By the end of the day she was pretty stressed when one log she wanted for 8X8 was not big enough (Hard to get a good square 8X8 out of a 10" diameter top with sweep in it). Then I left the roller up on one and cut 5-1/4" on one end and 6 on the other. She brought me a 14"-15" poplar with a lot of sweep and wanted an 8X8 and I had to flip it repeatedly to get square surfaces. She wanted to know why i was sawing it different and I told her because it was to be square and the others were live edge. Finally I suggested she get a chalk line and chalk out how she wanted to get an 8" square out of it. She backed off then. It came out perfect but was real stressful to get it.

 About noon we were breaking for lunch and my helpers walked to the woodline to cut a big dead red oak. The wood is green as it still had dead leaves on it. It was 36" diameter at the stump with a good bit of flare. We finally cut it into 2- 10' logs for flooring but only after I explained to her why I could not cut a cabin log that big as I was going to have to whittle it down to fit my mill. I haven't checked the calculator here but I suspect a 21' red oak that big would max out my mill and likely their tractor.

BooBoos for the day included rolling a log across it with the side supports down and leaving the toeboard up. We later moved about an 18" poplar over the mill because  she did not know what she wanted to make out of it. She backed the tractor up and it rolled off too. My alternator belt broke but I had a spare and got that fixed is pretty short order although I am not sure the customer recognized the prior planning involved to have a spare belt and tools to fix it as quickly as we did.

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RO logs on and at the mill at days end. Butt log on the ground is over 36" and at least one nail 5' high. I hope it is not full of fence wire as it was right on the woodline to a big hay field. The customer suggested a 10X10 mantel and a 10X12 lintel. I asked her if she can get her tractor inside her house and asked her how they were going to mount it. She was going to think on it overnight and tell me her decision in the morning. I expect to finish tomorrow, weather permitting. The customer suggested I come edge the flitches on another trip. I told them no problem but be sure to stack and sticker them and showed how to cut off the run-out and useless parts and to stack in straight stacks. I guess I should ask them about stickers as I know they don't have them.
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 Broken alternator belt. I also broke a wire on a ring connector to the debarker up in the box but found and fixed it at the end the day. 6.5 hours on the mill today.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: VB-Milling on June 03, 2021, 08:48:29 AM
Really enjoying the recap of this particular customer @WV Sawmiller (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28064) 

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on June 03, 2021, 09:03:16 AM
This style can have some pretty wide chinking to deal with crooked logs. 


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 03, 2021, 02:11:23 PM
Where is that? 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on June 03, 2021, 02:16:58 PM
Holy crap,,,what a beauty !!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on June 03, 2021, 02:46:16 PM
Montebello VA. Typical of the style throughout the the southern Appalachian mts. VA, WV, OH, etc.

More pics of this cabin (https://theoldhouselife.com/2019/09/04/mountain-cabin-on-five-acres-in-virginia-circa-1800s-272000/) including interior. 

WV Sawmiller was getting asked about the logs heís sawing right now so I thought this would help. Not everybody  has seen log cabins done this way unless youíre from this area - or you watch Barnwood Builders (who buy, dismantle, and rebuild a lot of these).  

More of this style (https://www.google.com/search?q=va+historic+log+cabin&rlz=1C9BKJA_enUS861US862&oq=va&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j69i57j69i61j69i65l2.2645j0j7&hl=en-US&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=lmVd3oL_I7Zr8M)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 03, 2021, 04:38:44 PM
 
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I returned to the site today and first we sawed the two red oak logs into this stack of 4/4 boards. Most of the boards in this stack are 18" wide. They were beautiful boards. The stack is about 5' tall (I guess you could enlarge and count them if it is that important) and they are 10' long. It took some serious "gun-barreling" to get that big log on the ground to fit between the roller guides. It was too heavy to turn with the claw and what I had to do each time I shifted it a few inches was raise the front toe board, then lower and back up, lower the toeboard, then raise the clamp to lift it. I'd saw a small corner off and eventually was able to get long enough slices to get flitches for future edging. The log/cant was so heavy it put so much pressure on the clamp I could not lower it without using the toeboard.

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 After sawing the RO I sawed several more cabin logs and a big poplar for a 6"X 10" sill plate. Then I sawed some really ugly small tops into stickers and just when we thought we were done the customer decided she needed some 2X4s and 2X6's. She got 6-7 2X6s 10' long from edgings of the sill plate then we took 6-8 pine 2X flitches, cut then in half and edged them in 4" drops to get her these 2X4s. A few still have some bark but are fine for dunnage and may add the character inside if she wants to use them.

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Here are several stacks of the finished cabin logs. I think the final count was over 80. It was a moving target as every time I thought I had sawed the last one, another one would come out of the weeds. The customer has a workshop on the 14th to start building with them.

  It was a stressful undertaking and my mill and I both took a beating. I need to put the bumpers back on each end of my mill, replace one and buy another plastic rail sweeper - with the bumper off they slide off the end as there is nothing on the round rail to stop them. We rubbed some paint on the hydraulics box from the long logs scrubbing it before we lifted and shifted them forward with the toeboard. My Magic Hook got a workout loading and shifting logs a few inches fore and aft to fit between the marks. I need to tighten the connection and scrub the power bar to my hydraulics as I have several burned spots and hard to find a live spot. Any advise on a good way to do this will be greatly appreciated. I have a green scrubby pad. Would fine sandpaper work better?

  We determined we were knocking out about 4 logs/per hour on average. Most are 20'10" long. Some are as short as 4-5 ft. She said she has people coming from as far away as Hawaii and California - wow!

  It is hard to believe the look of these stacked logs remembering the long, ugly double sweepy logs we started with to get them. It was a very educational experience. I now know several more warnings to pass along to any future customer including a time line and such to use for scheduling and pricing. I will think long and hard before I agree to saw any log order over 20'. A one off 21' is okay but a big order of that many ...?

  We finished about noon, I packed up, took the pix above and headed home. I stopped at an Amish bakery for a couple of fried Blackberry pies and found smoke coming from my driver side mill axle. I think it was my electric brakes as I disconnected and no more issues. I have to keep watching that. There was a young Amish man in the bakery who was very interesting in the mill and used to own one and we had a nice conversation about the mill and sawing in general.

  The customer still has all the flitches, including the RO to be edged at some future time/trip. I advised how to stack and sticker but worry they may wait too long. I warned them vigorously but it is their wood. I saw a stack of logs 1/4 mile away at a community center and stapled a business card to them and have been playing phone call with the owner on them this afternoon. They are spruce. We will see if that pays off. I wish he'd called before I drove home. I might have knocked them out today on the way home.

  I got home safely, washed the mill good and just got a call from a customer bringing a maple and 2 walnut logs here at noon tomorrow. Saturday is scheduled for 8-10 large short RO/WO log. The customer has an old log barn beside the logs that looks like the same "peaked roof" log notching that
@btulloh (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=29962)  shows in his picture above.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on June 03, 2021, 08:49:16 PM
I decided to open up a couple of sweet gum logs that have been laying in a pile for about 8 months. They were designated to become a bonfire at some point, but after seeing some pictures posted by @Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297) I couldn't help but want to saw some. 
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After seeing this, I've decided to saw them. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I've got about 40 logs. I guess I'll sticker and stack it under my pole shed with some weight on it and see what happens when it dries. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on June 04, 2021, 12:48:28 PM
JohnM is on vacation this week so I'm not tackling the big pecan that a repeat customer dropped off today until he gets back.  Our customer texted me and he will be bringing some hickory by later today.  I asked him if he was going to bring the whole   smiley_devil family.

I sawed a wonky Paroda and a small sinker cypress log yesterday evening.  Sometimes it would be easier to get butter from a duck than to get nice slabs out of some of the logs this customer brings.  

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WVsawmiller, Good job on the last saw job.  You and your LT-35 have been cranking out the wood.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 04, 2021, 12:58:37 PM
Nice Sinker Cypress.  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 04, 2021, 02:42:13 PM
Duck Butter is but a click away....

Duck Butter (https://www.supplyhouse.com/Hercules-40-501-Duck-Butter-Lubricant-2-lb-14568000-p?utm_source=bingad&utm_medium=shopping&msclkid=8a82f66272ef1386012696d806e3d874)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 04, 2021, 08:48:49 PM
   I got a follow-up call from a young man yesterday to bring me 3 logs to saw about midday. He was a referral from a previous customer - the best jobs we can hope for. I put the bumpers and plastic scraper back on, checked and cleaned and sanded the power bar for the hydraulics with 400 grit sandpaper and seem to have fixed/removed the hot spots from arching in the past. I checked the blade tilt and distance to the bed and I was surprised so little needed to be done - 1/8" adjustment on the floating rails was all that was needed which amazed me after the beating the mill took with the cabin logs project. My customer showed promptly on schedule. He had a maple and two walnut logs with crotch wood to contend with. I dragged and lifted them off his equipment trailer with John and carried or pushed them on to the loading arms as needed. He just wanted everything cut into live edge boards and slabs. I cut a few 4/4 boards out of the maple then a few 6/4 but the slabs were 9/4.

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I forgot a before picture but here is the after shot of the maple. About 7-8 ft long.

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Here is the butt log of the walnut. I had to trim a little off the limb stubs to fit between the guide rollers but the customer was very easy to work with. I was just able to fit it with both live sides between the guide rollers.

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Since we were next to my washpoint I went ahead and sprayed the log to show him what to expect when he applies his finish to it. After this shot I flipped it 180 degrees, put a new blade on, made a couple of cuts and, of course, being walnut and a yard tree and a new blade... Yep! I hit 2 nails, the blade took a dive and we had a time digging it out. I flipped it back and sawed a couple more slabs then stood the 4-6 inch cant on its side and I sawed boards and 3" stock for table legs. We could see the nails and I sawed between them.

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Here is the second, upper log. You can just see the top of a limb stub at the very top. I cut a couple of limb stubs to fit between the guides then stood the log with the limb up. It was a little over 3' to the top so I cut cookies/ovals till we got to the trunk of the tree. By that time some ovals were 5' long. I got full length and made 6/4 boards the rest of the way, flipped it and sawed to the rails. It really turned out pretty!

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Boards, slabs and 3Xs loaded for the trip home. The longer cookies/ovals and 6/4 board from the 2nd log are on the right in the picture (Don't they look nice?) with the shorter cookies are in the back of the truck. In spite of the nail (Which was not unexpected and the customer was warned before we ever started and was very cool about it) it was a real fun job, I made a new friend and instead of asking for a discount like my last job he was very happy and paid with a nice tip.

I'm loaded back up for tomorrow's 10-12 mile trip up a curvy road to saw some big but short RO/WO logs for a several times repeat customer. I am glad the stress level has dropped as the week goes on.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 04, 2021, 10:30:29 PM
I ordered my LubeMizer today.  2-3 week wait now.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on June 04, 2021, 10:48:38 PM

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A guy brought in this walnut a while back and told me to slab it 11/4 live edge.  I trimmed each end to 32" to fit between the guides.  The center was maybe 25".  Log was 15 foot long.  When he picked it up yesterday he dropped off a big white oak and told me to cut the biggest beam I could with no bark.  I did that this morning and told him to come and get it.  He was still trying to figure out how to get the walnut slabs off his trailer.......
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 04, 2021, 10:56:41 PM
There are times such as sawing hardwood such as Oak when no lube is necessary but then when I encounter some Pine logs, I am constantly adjusting even between logs to keep the blade clear of pitch. 

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With the Longleaf Pine that I am now sawing it's easy to see why the blade needs an extra dose of lube and occasionally even a continuous flow to keep the blade pitch free.  During these instances the LubeMizer is much more than just an "option", even though it is an expensive option.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 05, 2021, 10:44:30 PM
  Started with a dead battery and corroded negative cable in my truck so $200 and 2 hours later I got to the customer site 12 miles away. Oh well, it was the original battery and was 12 y/o.

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We sawed beside this old log barn for those interested in local old style timberframe and joinery techniques.
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 Total yield after 6.4 engine hours 1376 bf of 4/4, 6/4 & 8/4 with 4- 4X4X8 posts out of 4 punky old poplar logs I consider scope creep as they were not in the original stack of RO/WO logs.
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Bulk of the logs - all 8' long  
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First and hardest log due to limb stubs, punky sapwood and a 2 wire fence. We still got what the customer wanted/needed out of it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on June 05, 2021, 10:47:02 PM
Today I took the sawmill to see a windmill. ;D


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After a nice break from sawing during most of April and May my weekends for the month of June are booked solid. Today I took the TimberKing for a 120 mile (one way) trip to Elkhorn Iowa to saw ten or eleven logs into live edged boards, slabs, and a few 4Ē thick fire place mantles.


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The customer had a real nice little tractor with FEL and forks for placing logs onto the loading arms or the deck of the mill. He did a real nice job operation that little tractor too.


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There was plenty of help with family and friends all joining in to carry boards, brush away the sawdust, and stack lumber. I used 2 TimberKing UltraMax blades and we were done in 3 1/2 hrs. I was back on the road home before 11:30 am.
 Next weekend Iíll travel 81 miles to Emerson Iowa for a full Saturday of sawing roughly 20 walnut logs. Then 15 miles to Alvo Nebraska to saw for a half day Sunday on some Elm and Oak logs.

Hereís a few more pics at the Dutch Windmill Museum in the town of Elkhorn Ia.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 05, 2021, 10:57:42 PM
Love the skyline behind the tractor.  Sure miss that. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on June 06, 2021, 01:06:12 PM
Cut 960 bf of pine 1x6x12s this morning. Working by myself it took about 5 hours. 
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No stickers as the customer is using them right away. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 06, 2021, 10:07:46 PM
Dpatton,

   I did not know the Danes used a lot of windmills but my understanding was the Dutch used them largely to pump water from one side of the dike to the other. Then the next neighbor would do the same thing till eventually the last landlord pumped it back into the sea. With their low country it was always seeping back into the country but they kept pumping to keep the level down to a manageable level.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Don P on June 07, 2021, 07:38:14 AM
I didn't realize there were mills in Denmark either, neat.
My wife's parents came from Dordrecht in Holland, the line of windmills often pictured are along Kinderdijk, "children dike", where legend has it a cat saved a sleeping child in its cradle afloat during a flood by balancing the cradle and keeping it afloat, the cat and the cradle story. Some pics of the molens, mills, are here;
Kinderdijk - Dutch Mill Beauty - Public Transport Holland Shop (public-transport-holland.com) (https://www.public-transport-holland.com/2019/02/18/kinderdijk-molin-beauty/)

During the war, her Dad knew the tidal shallows well, others did not  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 07, 2021, 08:32:37 AM
   The Dutch tale reminded me of things I like in the names of people and things from other countries. I worked in Norway in 2007-2008 and our project was engineered out of Haarlem in the Netherlands. We had a number of Dutch co-workers. I remember one was named Marcel Kraaier. His ancestors used to be the town cryer who went around yelling out proclamations and such to the village. Like so many of our names like Smith whose ancestors used to be a coppersmith or tinsmith or such. Or Cooper whose ancestors made barrels.

  I did not learn many Norwegian words but I did learn the Hospital was the Sykhus (Sick house). The local government office was normally the Radhus (Red house). No Parking signs read "No Parkering" or "Parkering forbudt"
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Tristen on June 07, 2021, 11:36:45 AM
This was a walnut log left in the woods by a logger.  When i looked at it laying in the woods i could tell why the loggers had left it laying.  I had a small split down one side, it was all closed up but you could tell it was NOT a high quality log.  I was hoping there was a few good 5/4 boards left in it.  However after the first cut i found the big hollow spot inside the log.  I could tell right away i was going to get ZERO high quality 5/4 inch boards out of it.  I decided to try my luck at some 8/4 live edge slabs, it was the only way i could think of to get any value out of this log.  Got pretty lucky because my first cut opened up the hollow spot.  

IF these hold together after they are kiln dried i will be happy !  


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on June 07, 2021, 03:33:54 PM
Some people buy those hollow slabs and fill the void with clear epoxy and then put lights underneath that shine up through the void. Some use colored light that cycle through different colors.
Others will fill the void with one color, like blue, and make them a table.
You'll sell it if you find the right customer.
Jim Rogers
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on June 07, 2021, 05:27:56 PM
Last week I finished a job for a customer. He is building a house about a mile up the road. A number of trees were cut a year ago to make room for the house and drive. Most logs were small to medium in diameter and 8-10 feet long. He would drive his tractor to my place with 2 or 3 logs on the forks and drive back with lumber and slabs. He brought pine, red oak, red maple, cherry and aspen. What was going to be 15-20 logs turned out to be 35!

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All went well until the next to last log which was a monster cherry.
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I had to do some serious chainsaw work to make it fit on the mill. The customer wanted two 8/4 live edge slabs and as much 8/4 boards as I could get. I could see a nail sticking up so I cut it out with the chainsaw, but I hit a second concealed nail with the chain. No big deal.

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To make a long story short, seven more nails and two brass (house?) numbers and two ruined blades. Also a large rotten cavity. 

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I did get him two live edge slabs and some 8/4 boards but not much of it. However he was happy and paid for my blades.

Happy sawing.....Cutter
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: York Woodwright on June 07, 2021, 07:18:13 PM
Nothing very remarkable, just thirty-two pine boards 1 x 4 x 6 ft. 

It is for a drama project and was requested by a university student completing her last assignment before graduating in Fine Arts. And like most students at the end of four years of school, she had little money and little time. With Ontario locked down and the lumber yards closed apart from curbside service, she couldnít find what she needed let alone find wood within her budget, which was $60.

Hence, I had a request to provide about 60 board feet of pine for $1 per board foot. In this era of crazy wood prices, that is what I pay for a pine log delivered to my mill. My choice was to lose money or say ĎNoí.  

Iíve been an impoverished student and also been a university prof, from whence I saw lots of great young people work diligently in a struggle to get across the finish line well.  So I said ĎYesí then spent the afternoon in the pouring rain to get her boards ready. 

 I told her that, somewhere down the road, if she is in a theatrical production in my area, to send me a ticket. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on June 07, 2021, 09:06:00 PM
I've been wanting to find a box elder to cut down for milling.  Well, today my wife told me there was a tree growing by her air conditioner at her office building and needed to be cut down.  Low and behold it was a box elder.  Should make some pretty nice lumber, if a little small.  It was 1" DBH.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 07, 2021, 09:10:38 PM
I returned to my 106 mile away road trip today after a week off.  Things were going quite nicely until......

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Had I not had two fire extinguishers in my truck the skidsteer would have certainly gone up in smoke.

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The tail pipe broke out of the muffler and fell across the emergency battery jump cable burning a hole in it as well as setting the debris inside of the engine compartment on fire.

One thing led to another and very soon the entire engine was blazing.  

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I left the customer and the skidsteer owner with their hands full of opportunities.  As it stands now, I will move the sawmill back home tomorrow and resume that job at a later time.

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I was able to saw 1383bf of 2X10 X 10' before the magic smoke got released.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 07, 2021, 09:36:33 PM
   Dermatologist visit today - I am his miracle patient of the year and may become the new spokesman for Dupixant. ;) Then shopping for materials to build another composting toilet and 2 sheds.

  Our two friends who run the local hair salon came by and picked out a 4"X8"X6' Basswood plank that I went ahead and planed, sanded the front and squared the ends and will deliver tomorrow. They are using it in a house reno project under a walnut mantle and were very happy. They are great guys and good friends so it was time very well spent.

York Woodwright,

  I am confident you will be rewarded in heaven if not before for today's work! Some things are more valuable than and better compensation than what goes in our wallets. Helping a student is definitely time and money well spent.

Lynn,

  Glad you were equipped to help. My customer's son and helper asked me Saturday "How often does that fire extinguisher at the front of the mill get used." I told him "Hopefully never but it is there just in case." I bet if you include 2 fire extinguishers or refills, as appropriate or your final invoice the customer will not quibble too much about them. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 08, 2021, 12:00:56 AM
@Tristen (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=52938) just a thought, but looking at the two pieces with the largest void I could see them in an outdoor kitchen with a custom hammered sink inlaid into there - might be a marketing avenue.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Tristen on June 08, 2021, 07:27:04 AM
@Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297) Great Idea,  I hope someone will find something to make out of them, very unique and very cool looking.  I hope someone turns them into something nice.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DWyatt on June 08, 2021, 08:12:39 AM
@Magicman (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=10011) those folks have had all kinds of trouble with the skidsteer since you got there! (If that's the same one that frequently needs tires)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: tule peak timber on June 08, 2021, 08:57:11 AM
This was a walnut log left in the woods by a logger.  When i looked at it laying in the woods i could tell why the loggers had left it laying.  I had a small split down one side, it was all closed up but you could tell it was NOT a high quality log.  I was hoping there was a few good 5/4 boards left in it.  However after the first cut i found the big hollow spot inside the log.  I could tell right away i was going to get ZERO high quality 5/4 inch boards out of it.  I decided to try my luck at some 8/4 live edge slabs, it was the only way i could think of to get any value out of this log.  Got pretty lucky because my first cut opened up the hollow spot.  

IF these hold together after they are kiln dried i will be happy !  


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Headboards and bed frames !!!!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 08, 2021, 02:16:37 PM
DWyatt, Yes the same skidsteer but stuff happens.  This is a borrowed skidsteer and the tires were entirely my customer's fault for retracting the grapple too far and contacting the tire.  Personally I think that there should be a "stop" of some sort to prevent such, but there is not.  This fire was not the operator's fault in any way.  Just metal fatigue at the tailpipe/muffler junction which allowed the tailpipe to fall against the 12V contact..

We finished the available logs and called it quits for now on this job until the skidsteer gets fixed.  I sawed 1846 bf on this trip for a job total of 8948 bf.  

I'll try to catch up on some local sawing for now.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 08, 2021, 04:22:24 PM
it can be a problem buying a generic grapple, intended to work on "any" skid steer.  my brother did road construction.  they called it monkey proofing, meaning any employee could jump on the equipment, and it was set up to not implode on itself.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on June 08, 2021, 08:12:30 PM
"This machinery does not have a brain, you will be required to use yours." (Sign inside cabs I've seen.) ;D


Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 09, 2021, 12:17:55 PM
Not so far "road trip", three miles away.  I looked at these logs while they were still trees and have been waiting for the customer to get ready.

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I moved and set the sawmill up this morning for tomorrow's sawing.  Home building has already begun in the background.

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The log whack is uphill and the logs should handle very nicely.  We will take the tractor/FEL and adjust that large top log toward the rear a couple of feet before we begin sawing.  All of the others are OK.  I should have taken another step to the left because the logs are more centered than they appear.  

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Twenty 12' to 16' logs ~14" to 34" diameter which will all be sawn into framing lumber.  The home builder and his helper will be my tailgunners. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: jb616 on June 09, 2021, 12:41:50 PM
Not so far "road trip", three miles away.  I looked at these logs while they were still trees and have been waiting for the customer to get ready.

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I moved and set the sawmill up this morning for tomorrow's sawing.  Home building has already begun in the background.

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The log whack is uphill and the logs should handle very nicely.  We will take the tractor/FEL and adjust that large top log toward the rear a couple of feet before we begin sawing.  All of the others are OK.  I should have taken another step to the left because the logs are more centered than they appear.  

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Twenty 12' to 16' logs ~14" to 34" diameter which will all be sawn into framing lumber.  The home builder and his helper will be my tailgunners.
I would love to see a certain @Jeff (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=1)  Youtube channel tape the "master" on sawing dimensional lumber as I play mostly with Hardwoods and Hobbyist cuts.  I have read your posts before and have dabbled in dimensional but there is  nothing like seeing it in "person". 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 09, 2021, 01:11:05 PM
I have often thought about such a video, but it would have to be someone else behind the camera.  When I am sawing I am sorta in a "zone" and I am too busy with the job at hand to be distracted by anything.

Tomorrow's log whack would be a prime example with many different opportunities to make a video since we will be sawing whatever dimensions that the logs want to give.  :P

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 09, 2021, 01:37:56 PM
  When I am sawing I am sorta in a "zone" and I am too busy with the job at hand to be distracted by anything.


Yep, in the zone.  It's like, leave me alone I am sawing!
I just realized and starting to see, by watching blade tension, when the blade starts getting dull.  So, I have increased my speed thru the cut a little and am more focused on the gauge more..................eh, after I make sure the blade won't strike a backstop or clamp.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jeff on June 09, 2021, 01:42:10 PM
I'd do the video, but somehow I need a teleportation station.
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Post by: KenMac on June 09, 2021, 07:40:51 PM
I'd do the video, but somehow I need a teleportation station.
"Beam me down Magic Man."
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Post by: Resonator on June 09, 2021, 09:06:32 PM
Maybe Mr. Magic Man could move his marvelous mechanical mobile mill from Mississippi to Michigan to make a major movie?  ???
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Post by: Southside on June 09, 2021, 11:51:49 PM
I do believe there is a tractor that was centered around a relocation discussion but colder weather put off the adventure. 
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Post by: olcowhand on June 10, 2021, 05:26:23 AM
I'd do the video, but somehow I need a teleportation station.
ROAD TRIP!!!
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Post by: richhiway on June 10, 2021, 08:01:04 AM
 
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Cut this ugly Pine into slabs.
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Post by: richhiway on June 10, 2021, 08:02:40 AM
 
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Half live edge half live edge one side.
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Post by: Magicman on June 10, 2021, 07:30:13 PM
I did one of those today and will have another to do tomorrow on a 26" SYP log. 

My sawing went very well but I only sawed 6Ĺ hours due to some customer distractions.

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2080 bf of framing lumber plus the slabs.

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There were 20 logs and we will saw these last 5 in the morning.  I don't know what that bad dude on the left is gonna make.  Knotty logs make low quality knotty lumber.  The center log will make mostly 1 or 2 live edge slabs for kitchen, etc. counter tops.

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Post by: Bindian on June 11, 2021, 12:11:28 AM




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 I don't know what that bad dude on the left is gonna make.  Knotty logs make low quality knotty lumber. 
I use them for stickers and/or 4x4 four foot cribbing for my welding shop.  So they are cut 4 foot, which allows artistic license around the knots.
             hugs,  Brandi
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Post by: richhiway on June 11, 2021, 06:47:05 AM
 
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text from a regular customer for a 9X10X10 live on one edge beam.Hemlock.
Never know what someone needs.
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Post by: Magicman on June 11, 2021, 07:03:08 AM
Yup richhiway, scratch where it itches.  8)
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Post by: Dave Shepard on June 11, 2021, 11:44:57 AM
I cut a parallelogram this week, only this time it was on purpose!


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Post by: RAYAR on June 11, 2021, 01:48:26 PM
I cut a parallelogram this week, only this time it was on purpose!


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I had to cut one very similar to that one last fall, a beam with one sloped face.
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Post by: Southside on June 11, 2021, 08:08:49 PM
Curious as to the intended purpose.  
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Post by: Magicman on June 11, 2021, 08:30:44 PM
I finished the 20 log job plus a couple of ERC mantels, etc. for another customer today.

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4098 bf of 2X4's plus a few single and two live edge slabs for the customer's wife & daughter.  All of this is for the customer's new 4K+ square foot home.  The above was sawn in 7Ĺ hours.

I have more framing lumber scheduled for next week for another repeat customer.  
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Post by: RAYAR on June 11, 2021, 11:53:12 PM
Curious as to the intended purpose.  
If this is asking about the one sloped face beam, it's for support of a shallow sloped roof over a deck. I believe it has 2" X 4" framing and needs additional support centrally across to support snow loads.
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Post by: burdman_22 on June 12, 2021, 12:02:15 AM
Finished milling the osage orange finally (been super swamped and hadn't had time). Question, is osage orange a desirable wood for tables and whatnot? I have no idea how to price slabs like these. They are all 2.5 inches thick, 10 ft long, and range from 2 ft wide to 3 ft wide. I'm really unsure about the x shaped one(s) at the end


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So these two slabs actually nest into one another, this is where the two trees were growing/twisted together. I imagine someone could make a very cool table out of this maybe....I'll know more once it dries and I know whether it splits and cracks and stuff, though I think osage is pretty stable from what I've read. I'd have NO IDEA what to even think something like this would be worth to someone wanting to build a table out of though. Suggestions anyone? (I'm not even sure I'm allowed to post questions like this, so if not, I apologize and I understand if the post gets removed).


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: ljohnsaw on June 12, 2021, 12:26:11 AM
I'd say the X piece is worth at least 1 SGU maybe even 2!
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Post by: Nebraska on June 12, 2021, 09:53:58 AM
2sgu plus maybe a pygmy unit ...  :)

That really is a neat piece. 
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Post by: JRWoodchuck on June 12, 2021, 10:50:02 AM
Those are all really unique pieces of wood. Iíd think starting at $10 bd/ft maybe more for the super neat one!
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Post by: burdman_22 on June 12, 2021, 12:31:57 PM
I'd say the X piece is worth at least 1 SGU maybe even 2!
What is an SGU?
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Post by: terrifictimbersllc on June 12, 2021, 12:45:32 PM
The equivalent of $300.  Next you will want to know why.  :laugh:
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Post by: Bindian on June 12, 2021, 03:29:42 PM
It is that time again.  Sticker time.
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    When I have bucked a lot of logs and the ends are less than 8 feet, I cut them down to 4 feet to saw 4x4 cribbing.  I delivered a 4x4 pallet of 56 yesterday to my friendly welding shop.  
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 The wood removed to get down to a cant, I cut at 1 & 1/8" for stickers.

Who likes cutting stickers?
hugs,  Brandi
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Post by: Resonator on June 12, 2021, 03:53:32 PM
You can never have too many stickers. ;D
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Post by: Magicman on June 12, 2021, 04:11:04 PM
What is an SGU?
The Forestry Forum Dictionary located within the "Extra" folder above is your friend.  :)
There are also many other goodies and tools that Jeff has provided for us, not only there, but also just above the "posting box".
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Post by: caveman on June 12, 2021, 07:53:11 PM
John and I sawed devilwood this morning.  We started with a large Pecan log and finished with a Pignut Hickory.  They sawed flat with a new 7į Kasco .050" blade.  We need to buy or make fine adjust outriggers.  I'm over the lever outriggers.  We still have some live oak we need to saw and 30 new blades should be on the way.
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For those who are interested, this was a standing, live pecan tree this week and sawed into slabs this morning.  It already has ambrosia beetles in it-see the straws?
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Post by: WDH on June 12, 2021, 07:57:09 PM
Yep, those ambrosia beetles are quick on the draw.  They leave the wood very quickly after it is sawn.  I see this all the time in pine.
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Post by: Magicman on June 12, 2021, 09:10:53 PM
They are actually your friend with Pecan and will leave those black stained holes that furniture builders mimic with black ink spots.  ;D

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Post by: Larry on June 12, 2021, 09:26:08 PM
They sawed flat with a new 7į Kasco .050" blade.  We need to buy or make fine adjust outriggers.  I'm over the lever outriggers.  We still have some live oak we need to saw and 30 new blades should be on the way.
Great bands and a good price.  I can saw 32" wide and stay flat in anything.
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Post by: Bindian on June 12, 2021, 11:08:01 PM
You can never have too many stickers. ;D
  I had a customer (builder) bring them back the next day.  Another customer will bring some back June 30th, along with some old growth fence row cedar.  I can't wait to see the cedar.  Stickers, not so much. ::)
hugs,  Brandi
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Post by: longtime lurker on June 13, 2021, 08:25:00 AM
 
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I am coming to love saturdays... the day when I get to run the saw not chase my tail around a sawmill... and cut all the fun things that aren't part of the usual daily grind. Like the lonely White Carabeen that got left in the yard "too long" and got some spalt happening, along with the two-tone colouration.

Methinks some more of it might have to sit for "too long" It's going to make some pretty handy looking wall panelling.
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Post by: Stephen1 on June 13, 2021, 11:09:22 AM
I was at job this week, 2 days. My favourite type of job, A farmer with lots of equipment, 100 horse tractor and big skid steer. One on either side of the mill for loading and unloading. We did slabs and a lot of 4/4 QS ash. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 13, 2021, 02:53:48 PM
My customer sent me the cut list for his new home that I will start sawing framing lumber for next week.

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16,295 bf total.  I will saw the first 5 items first as they are for the foundation and he will have those treated.  He and I will visit the sawing/building site this afternoon and hopefully I can begin sawing by Tuesday.
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Post by: Peter Drouin on June 13, 2021, 03:17:44 PM
Are you cutting full-size lumber now? Your numbers look like you are.
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Post by: Magicman on June 13, 2021, 04:00:48 PM
All of the lumber that I saw is rounded up to the next full inch and scaled accordingly.  Dimension or full size are scaled and billed at the same rate.  This is plainly stated in the sawing contract that both the customer and I sign before any sawing is done.

That is the way it is and the way that it has always been.  In over 19 years I don't recall sawing but 2 jobs full size.
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Post by: Andries on June 13, 2021, 04:46:26 PM
That's great news MM - here's hoping that Tuesday sees you digging into that big cut list.
.
Assuming is usually dangerous, so I'll ask: has your customer checked with the "powers that be" to use your WM milled framing lumber, after a time air drying? 
. . . or has he got a kiln and an licensed lumber grader booked after you've finished?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 13, 2021, 04:59:00 PM
Here is what is printed on the backside of my Sawmilling Contract of which the customer gets a signed copy and I retain a signed copy:

1.  County and City building permit requirements?
2.  Lending institution requirements?
3.  Does the blueprint specify/allow rough sawn lumber?
4.  Will your insurance cover a dwelling built with rough sawn lumber?
5.  Will your builder/carpenter build with rough sawn lumber?
 
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Post by: Andries on June 13, 2021, 05:04:44 PM
Understood, you're wise to cover off the liabilities involved.
Do you know if he has answers to the questions?
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Post by: Magicman on June 13, 2021, 05:25:54 PM
This customer told me that this lumber will go to a kiln and that the foundation lumber will be treated.  Beyond that, I have no idea. 

I make sure that the customers read the 5 items but what they do beyond that I have no idea.  I have not seen any intended homes not built nor lumber fail to disappear.

There is one county within 60 miles of me where I have never sawn framing lumber.  When folks call from that county I suggest that they call their permit office.
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Post by: Andries on June 13, 2021, 06:26:47 PM
Thanks for that MM.
Knowing how to send a blade through a log is a big part of the job - knowing the related market facts and "reading" a client may be just as big.
As usual, you've got your finger on the pulse. 😆
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on June 13, 2021, 10:11:20 PM
Your good salesmen to talk your customers into paying for air. 
I have been sawing for 34 + years and can't do that up here.  :D
In N.H a bf is 12"x12"x1" My 2x4x8 is 5.3 bf not 3.5. If I cut 1"1/2 x 3.1/2 times a100 that's a lot of free $$
Happy you can do that.
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Post by: Southside on June 13, 2021, 10:29:51 PM
Peter - I have had plenty of folks try to beat me up on that as well, I simply explain that the handling is the same and my quality far exceeds what the box store sells, so it's their choice on nominal or full dimension, but the price is calculated at full dimension.  
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Post by: burdman_22 on June 13, 2021, 10:44:39 PM
Didn't get to start milling today, but this is my next project!


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Post by: Tom the Sawyer on June 14, 2021, 12:02:28 AM
My primary focus is custom milling my clients' logs but I try to have a supply of various species on hand for those clients that want more lumber but don't have their own logs.  Lately I have had a lot of requests for eastern red cedar but my normal suppliers, local tree guys, have not been able to come up with anything over about 10" SED.  A person building a new home near by got my name from a neighbor and called to ask if I wanted some free trees (we've heard that one before), telling me that they were already down, pulled out with a track hoe, and that she hated to see them wasted.  She said they were cedar and 'pretty big'.  

I dropped by one morning and found a pile of tree length, including rootballs, about 15' high.  Although I would normally pass, they weren't perfect but they were bigger than anything I have been able to source so I decided to harvest them myself.  Truck, chains, chainsaws and a helpful wife, in two mornings we got all the good logs.

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I'm a one-man business so I had to take a break to answer the phone.  Got 16 logs in all.
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Post by: Crossroads on June 14, 2021, 01:08:11 AM
Been milling 1x12 and 1x3 for board and bat siding the last couple of days. This pile of logs is shrinking slower than I expected. Hopefully I can be done by about noon tomorrow. Iíll try to remember to get pictures of the wrap around deck that is timber framed with beams that I milled last year.
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Post by: donbj on June 14, 2021, 01:41:00 AM
Been milling 1x12 and 1x3 for board and bat siding the last couple of days. This pile of logs is shrinking slower than I expected. Hopefully I can be done by about noon tomorrow. Iíll try to remember to get pictures of the wrap around deck that is timber framed with beams that I milled last year.
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Got some nice wood there!
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Post by: Magicman on June 14, 2021, 08:06:28 AM
Your good salesmen to talk your customers into paying for air.
Peter, I knew full well where you were going with your scaling question and considered ignoring it, but there are many readers that expect answers so I answered it based on my business profile.

Your business profile is selling lumber and apparently you do it very successfully, and I agree with your lumber scaling.  

I sell nothing, not even air.  My business profile is a sawing service and I saw customer's logs at their location into whatever dimension that they specify and the scaling is clearly defined before any sawing is done.  I too am very successful.

For you to even insinuate that either I or my business profile is dishonest in any way is in poor form.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on June 14, 2021, 11:30:21 AM
I've been sawing white oak posts and beams for a guy.  On his last load he threw on a couple of small walnut logs.  They were my tip!

The logs came from a heavy leaner tree, were crooked, and really small.  I thought about turning bowls from them but just too small.  Decided to cut charcuterie stock.  They were the perfect size for that and will work well with resin art.  I sawed 1-1/4" thick.  When dry this fall I might put the family kids on them making Christmas presents or sell as charcuterie kits.

8" SED and crooked.  Live edge sawing goes fast but I suspect I only got a whopping 30 or 40 board foot out of the two logs I sawed.  Still that's $150-$200 of product when dry, costing about 20 minutes of saw time.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on June 14, 2021, 01:07:50 PM




For you to even insinuate that either I or my business profile is dishonest in any way is in poor form.




I was not trying to say you are dishonest at all. 
Sorry if you feel that way. 
I know your customers understand the pricing before you start sawing.

Pricing for full size and sawing dressed lumber size, in the end, is not the same bf of lumber is all.  

It's not dishonest to charge for full-size and cut dress sizes when the customer knows it.

I do wish you well. You do well for an old guy. ;)
I mean no disrespect to you, Sorry if I upset you.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 14, 2021, 01:17:18 PM
Sorry if I upset you.
No one is upset here, and we are good.   :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on June 14, 2021, 03:50:42 PM




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 I don't know what that bad dude on the left is gonna make.  Knotty logs make low quality knotty lumber.  
I use them for stickers and/or 4x4 four foot cribbing for my welding shop.  So they are cut 4 foot, which allows artistic license around the knots.
             hugs,  Brandi
Yes Brandi, Johnny Jett sure seems like a good man.
Rich
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: OlJarhead on June 14, 2021, 06:01:14 PM
Meanwhile, to answer the question:  whatcha sawin' 2021

D-Logs mostly!  Trying desperately to get many of them milled up (I need to do that math) with little time to devote to the project and less than normal since I moved another 70 miles further away!

But I did agree to mill up 80 logs for an old customer....he keeps twisting my arm!!!  Darn it, but it will likely be the ONLY project I take on for someone else this year.  He's a great guy and does awesome work (and is an inspiration as he has Parkinsons but keeps going!) so I agreed, for a price, to mill these 80 logs.  All 16 footers but a handful of 20 footers and all supposedly 18-36" diameter.  

I better get back to walking so I'm ready for the long haul on this one!  Going to take some time off work for it too.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on June 14, 2021, 09:06:30 PM
Your good salesmen to talk your customers into paying for air.
Peter, I knew full well where you were going with your scaling question and considered ignoring it, but there are many readers that expect answers so I answered it based on my business profile.

Your business profile is selling lumber and apparently you do it very successfully, and I agree with your lumber scaling.  

I sell nothing, not even air.  My business profile is a sawing service and I saw customer's logs at their location into whatever dimension that they specify and the scaling is clearly defined before any sawing is done.  I too am very successful.

For you to even insinuate that either I or my business profile is dishonest in any way is in poor form.
I did the same exact thing when I was custom sawing. The price changed when it went to 1"
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 14, 2021, 10:42:32 PM
My customer sent me another cut list tonight which is considerably different from the one I posted in Reply #911:

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About 12Mbf more lumber.  The framing lumber changed and he added wall paneling and ceiling 1X6's.  I will meet the customer and the builder on site tomorrow evening so we shall see.

This could get very interesting before da fat lady sings.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 14, 2021, 10:52:10 PM
MM - with that list you might need to get a portable "Tree Smoother" before it's all said and done.   :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on June 15, 2021, 12:15:09 AM
Been milling 1x12 and 1x3 for board and bat siding the last couple of days. This pile of logs is shrinking slower than I expected. Hopefully I can be done by about noon tomorrow. Iíll try to remember to get pictures of the wrap around deck that is timber framed with beams that I milled last year.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43396/F543D82C-26F2-4D3A-ACAF-F89ECA8A8D93.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1623647258)

Got some nice wood there!
Yes, it was nice wood, I think there were only 4 or 5 logs that I couldnít get at least a few 1x12ís out of. Although they were a bit dirty and even with the debarker, were hard on blades. 
Well, didnít finish by noon, it ended up being a full day to finish. It was hot and I was ready to be done for the day, so I didnít get any pictures, sorry. If Iím lucky, customer will text me a couple pics tomorrow. Off to Sagle Idaho tomorrow to start what is estimated to be a 3 day job. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on June 15, 2021, 04:43:43 AM
My primary focus is custom milling my clients' logs but I try to have a supply of various species on hand for those clients that want more lumber but don't have their own logs.  Lately I have had a lot of requests for eastern red cedar but my normal suppliers, local tree guys, have not been able to come up with anything over about 10" SED.  A person building a new home near by got my name from a neighbor and called to ask if I wanted some free trees (we've heard that one before), telling me that they were already down, pulled out with a track hoe, and that she hated to see them wasted.  She said they were cedar and 'pretty big'.  

I dropped by one morning and found a pile of tree length, including rootballs, about 15' high.  Although I would normally pass, they weren't perfect but they were bigger than anything I have been able to source so I decided to harvest them myself.  Truck, chains, chainsaws and a helpful wife, in two mornings we got all the good logs.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/19572/20210604_02.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1623642717)
 
I'm a one-man business so I had to take a break to answer the phone.  Got 16 logs in all.
Hard to pass up big cedar!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on June 18, 2021, 06:55:47 AM
My red neck log deck.
Set it up last week to try out.
Its working out great.
I will weld some things to it and cut back some sharp points.
Then paint it .
I'm doing maintenance and repair/builds on the weekends. 
I can't find weekend help this year.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on June 18, 2021, 07:55:48 AM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210617_182603.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624017252)
 
Don't try this for the first time at the end of the day when you are tired.......
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on June 19, 2021, 12:23:37 AM
I think red necks have a bad wrap Bruno, I like your log deck and will probably be coming up with something similar in the near future. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on June 19, 2021, 08:13:44 AM
The steel is much easier to move odd shaped logs.
They can be pushed with a peavy or slid along.
Much faster.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Crossroads on June 19, 2021, 09:26:37 AM
Thatís good to know, thank you. 

Iím not sawing for the next few days, I picked up a excavation job and will be laying about 1200í of water line. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on June 19, 2021, 09:53:57 AM
One advantage I found with my makeshift log deck is it could take the abuse of dropping logs on it, without worrying about knocking the mill out of alignment by loading directly on it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on June 20, 2021, 07:28:28 AM
One advantage I found with my makeshift log deck is it could take the abuse of dropping logs on it, without worrying about knocking the mill out of alignment by loading directly on it.
Exactly! Loading directly onto the mill with a fel or forks or grapple is always taking a chance.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on June 20, 2021, 04:30:25 PM
Saturday June 12th the sawmill and I traveled 81 miles to saw walnut slabs in Emerson Iowa. My first photo of the day was sunrise over the Missouri River from the highway 2 bridge at Nebraska City. It was a pleasant reminder of all the time Iíve spent fishing and waterskiing on that particularly piece of water. In the mirror you can see the TK1600 in tow behind my truck.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/79D6BD15-9BD7-42E6-81BA-000774583C84.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)


The customer had at least twenty walnut logs scattered about in several piles waiting to be sawn. He also had a John Deere skid loader for bringing the logs to the mills loading arms.



(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/16B0233E-79D6-4809-8637-2524C74B64D2.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)




(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/866FC41B-D4FE-4E9B-ACB8-949E5364B89F.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218841)


The sawing took 8 hours and the logs were all turned into either 1 1/2Ē or 2 5/8Ē live edged slabs. The client had a 14í x 8í dump box type gooseneck trailer that we filled with over #9000 lbs of slabs. The rest of the slabs were dead stacked in the driveway to be hauled away in two more trips. It wasnít until I had left the job that I realized I never took photos of the trailer full of slabs or the slabs dead stacked in the drive but I did take a photo of this one on the sawmill.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/C132B222-F1F9-4898-9FB7-5B342A9A9604.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218873)


Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on June 20, 2021, 07:10:38 PM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210619_101125.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624230603)
 
I figured it out in the morning.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on June 20, 2021, 09:06:53 PM
FYesterday I traveled 44 miles to a saw for a repeat customer south of Johnson Nebraska. The customer had an assortment of logs of his own as well as one oak log brought in from a nearby neighbor and a couple big oak logs brought over by his cousin who lives in the house just up the road from him.


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We started the day off with a walnut log that was sawn into 5/4Ē lumber. Some live edge, some square edged boards.


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Then a large 497 bf Burr Oak log that was only 8í-8Ē long. I had to trim off a little flair here and there to make it fit. This log was brought over by the clients cousin and had been salvaged out of an old dead oak that had fallen into his creek some years back. You can see this log in the weeds just to the right of the saw head in the photo below. 


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Some of the oak boards produced from that log.


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Miscellaneous Hackberry, pine, cedar, oak, and walnut 5/4Ē boards, live edge slabs, and 6Ēx6Ēs


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/9B781062-9567-442B-885A-3A76DD7AAEA7.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218810)


And the wide, knotty, pitch filled, difficult to saw ponderosa pine slabs below that I seriously struggled with. I was not happy with the way the two slabs on the left turned out. I even tried re-sawing the wide ones with two different brands of new blades and couldnít get a flat cut. So I deducted the time spent on these from my billing. 


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Last off was some 5/4Ē walnut crotch slabs and dry stickers cut out of scrap 2x boards the client had. 


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/37F2BE86-6ABA-4A5F-8BF7-DE1625C3E10C.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218811)
 



Thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 20, 2021, 10:47:32 PM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210619_101125.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624230603)
 
I figured it out in the morning.
Is that a shiplap attachment?  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, Y'all!
            hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LogPup on June 20, 2021, 11:04:15 PM
Saturday June 12th the sawmill and I traveled 81 miles to saw walnut slabs in Emerson Iowa. My first photo of the day was sunrise over the Missouri River from the highway 2 bridge at Nebraska City. It was a pleasant reminder of all the time Iíve spent fishing and waterskiing on that particularly piece of water. In the mirror you can see the TK1600 in tow behind my truck.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/79D6BD15-9BD7-42E6-81BA-000774583C84.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)


The customer had at least twenty walnut logs scattered about in several piles waiting to be sawn. He also had a John Deere skid loader for bringing the logs to the mills loading arms.



(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/16B0233E-79D6-4809-8637-2524C74B64D2.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)




(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/866FC41B-D4FE-4E9B-ACB8-949E5364B89F.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218841)


The sawing took 8 hours and the logs were all turned into either 1 1/2Ē or 2 5/8Ē live edged slabs. The client had a 14í x 8í dump box type gooseneck trailer that we filled with over #9000 lbs of slabs. The rest of the slabs were dead stacked in the driveway to be hauled away in two more trips. It wasnít until I had left the job that I realized I never took photos of the trailer full of slabs or the slabs dead stacked in the drive but I did take a photo of this one on the sawmill.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/C132B222-F1F9-4898-9FB7-5B342A9A9604.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218873)


Thanks for looking!
Last time I crossed that bridge they were building levies around Sapp Bros truck stop.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on June 21, 2021, 11:33:25 AM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210619_101125.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624230603)
 
I figured it out in the morning.
Is that a shiplap attachment?  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, Y'all!
            hugs,  Brandi
Brandi:
If you look at reply 937 you can see the SLR under the cant and on top of the bed rails.
The SLR can be used to make tapered siding and shingles.
For more information see the W-M web site.
If you do not use the SLR properly you can make some nice thin parallel boards.  I know cause I done dooded it.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: richhiway on June 21, 2021, 06:21:15 PM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210619_101125.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624230603)
 
I figured it out in the morning.
Is that a shiplap attachment?  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, Y'all!
            hugs,  Brandi
Yes that is the Woodmizer jig just to the left.
I bought it used and this was the first time I used it. Works great.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on June 21, 2021, 10:15:21 PM
Saturday June 12th the sawmill and I traveled 81 miles to saw walnut slabs in Emerson Iowa. My first photo of the day was sunrise over the Missouri River from the highway 2 bridge at Nebraska City. It was a pleasant reminder of all the time Iíve spent fishing and waterskiing on that particularly piece of water. In the mirror you can see the TK1600 in tow behind my truck.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/79D6BD15-9BD7-42E6-81BA-000774583C84.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)


The customer had at least twenty walnut logs scattered about in several piles waiting to be sawn. He also had a John Deere skid loader for bringing the logs to the mills loading arms.



(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/16B0233E-79D6-4809-8637-2524C74B64D2.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218842)




(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/866FC41B-D4FE-4E9B-ACB8-949E5364B89F.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218841)


The sawing took 8 hours and the logs were all turned into either 1 1/2Ē or 2 5/8Ē live edged slabs. The client had a 14í x 8í dump box type gooseneck trailer that we filled with over #9000 lbs of slabs. The rest of the slabs were dead stacked in the driveway to be hauled away in two more trips. It wasnít until I had left the job that I realized I never took photos of the trailer full of slabs or the slabs dead stacked in the drive but I did take a photo of this one on the sawmill.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43417/C132B222-F1F9-4898-9FB7-5B342A9A9604.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1624218873)


Thanks for looking!
Last time I crossed that bridge they were building levies around Sapp Bros truck stop.
Now they're raising the roadway and existing secondary bridges between the river bridge and Sapp Bros truck stop. Theyíre also adding a pair of bridges to allow flood waters under the roadway where the last flood washed out the road.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 21, 2021, 11:57:41 PM

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35823/20210619_101125.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624230603)
 
I figured it out in the morning.
Is that a shiplap attachment?  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, Y'all!
            hugs,  Brandi
Brandi:
If you look at reply 937 you can see the SLR under the cant and on top of the bed rails.
The SLR can be used to make tapered siding and shingles.
For more information see the W-M web site.
If you do not use the SLR properly you can make some nice thin parallel boards.  I know cause I done dooded it.
GAB
That is what I thought.  You can see some of it in the photo in reply 944.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 22, 2021, 12:10:52 AM
I won't be moving and bucking logs and sawing anytime soon.  Sat. I had a green laser light show in my right eye's peripheral vision, all day long.  Sunday it was mostly a vision show of floaties in the eye.
Eye doctors fit you in when this happens, as it is dangerous.  As it turns out, I have a tear and a hole on my retina.  I find out Wed. if the specialist will laser the hole closed, or just let my eye doctor treat me.  He has seen patient's cases go both ways.  Meanwhile, I am to not do anything stressful.  So when I feel up to it, I will piddle in the barn.  I got 3 items to finish on the 250 hour sawmill mx.
            hugs,  Brandi
(https://duckduckgo.com/?q=shooting%20lights%20in%20peripheral%20vision&t=ffab)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 22, 2021, 03:26:08 AM
get well soon!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on June 22, 2021, 07:43:17 AM
Best of luck with that eye Brandi.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on June 22, 2021, 08:14:11 AM
My right eye developed the same issue a few years ago.
It can be serious and come on quickly - you will want to be a strong advocate for quick treatment Brandi. 
All the best for a quick recovery.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Roundhouse on June 22, 2021, 10:36:27 AM
A week ago I finally got back to running the sawmill for a little bit. I milled 4 hemlock logs, two were from last fall and two I had cut the day before. I've been working on a new road and as part of the widening I cut a couple "extra" stems that were paired with larger hemlocks, one was at the edge of the road, both had a lot of limbs shadowing the road. Below is the before and after. On the left are the trees shortly before they were cut, at right the same spot the next morning. 

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/entrance_lot224_0621.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624327195)


Stems this small only allowed for one 8' butt log from each but I figured even at 11" diameter they were worth cutting into a couple beams. It was easy enough to grab them with the tractor and run them back to the log deck. The jack is along for the ride, a gentler ride on the logs vs. the rack of the 4-wheeler where I've had parts vibrate off before.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/ACWC_mill_061421.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624299346)


The other two logs were a little bigger from a much bigger tree, each had two 12' logs below them on their respective trees. 

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/HemlockLogs2_mill_061421.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624327529)


I ended up with a modest 13 4/4 side boards, 3 6x6 beams, and one 5x5 beam. I wasn't sure of the final destination for this lumber and didn't feel like reshuffling my existing air drying piles so I stacked and stickered everything on the mill. Not my normal practice but it's going to be another stretch of time before I fire up the mill again, this wood will be considerably drier and I will be using it or moving it to where it needs to go.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/mill_lot90_061421.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624327658)



(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/HemlockBeamsSides_mill_061421.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624327787)


Ironically, the "product" I brought home that day was the outside scrap. My wife runs a school farm and with a wet spring was looking for a way to get through the "boot sucking mud" to the feeders in the cattle pastures. Laying down some of these scrap slabs like these provided enough traction and floatation to safely reach the feeder and return. Now there is demand to keep a supply in stock.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/slabload_lot90_061421.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1624371895)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 22, 2021, 06:56:54 PM
very nice pics, and would love to see a few more about you shed design.  looks solaresch.  good work in the woods.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 22, 2021, 09:05:32 PM
I am sawing a two day job for a re-peat "three-peat" customer.  Sycamore, Red & White Oak, and ERC.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0203.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624409865)
 
Hidden in the tall grass.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0204.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624409864)
 
My customer and his brother "rolling" a chainsaw split Sycamore "log" to the sawmill.  Actually the Magic Hook is doing the work.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0205.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624409872)

Most of which got QS.  I sawed over 2Mbf today but I forgot to take a picture.  :-X
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 22, 2021, 09:17:38 PM
Thanks guys.  Y'all are the best!
           hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 22, 2021, 10:17:44 PM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2603.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624412276)
 I needed some more stock lumber (Framing, boards and battens) to build another composting toilet and 2 sheds so I cut a spruce tree out of my overaged Christmas tree patch, dragged it down and bucked into 6 - 8 & 7 ft logs. All are small diameter.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2605.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624412268)
 
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Took 1.6 engine hours and here is the finished product. Battens are 3" wide X 3/8" thick. Total yield was 144 bf. I'll need to cut another tree or two to get enough siding I think.

    I now have 899.5 hours on the mill. I guess my tomorrow project will be to do my 50 hour service. I have an appointment Thursday to have the trailer serviced and brakes checked and such. I sure don't want it doing like my boat trailer last Friday. 

Roundhouse,

   I've got you beat on the sawing for unusual product. I actually sawed a large Ash log one time just to get a bag of sawdust for a customer. Normally I'd have had a pile of sawdust by the mill but I had just cleaned up the mill site and dumped and dragged/bladed the site clean. A customer called and wanted some sawdust to use in a bucket/composting toilet in his travel van so I actually went out and cut up another stock log to get the sawdust for him.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: donbj on June 22, 2021, 11:13:37 PM
I won't be moving and bucking logs and sawing anytime soon.  Sat. I had a green laser light show in my right eye's peripheral vision, all day long.  Sunday it was mostly a vision show of floaties in the eye.
Eye doctors fit you in when this happens, as it is dangerous.  As it turns out, I have a tear and a hole on my retina.  I find out Wed. if the specialist will laser the hole closed, or just let my eye doctor treat me.  He has seen patient's cases go both ways.  Meanwhile, I am to not do anything stressful.  So when I feel up to it, I will piddle in the barn.  I got 3 items to finish on the 250 hour sawmill mx.
            hugs,  Brandi
(https://duckduckgo.com/?q=shooting%20lights%20in%20peripheral%20vision&t=ffab)
Good you caught it quick. My wife had the same thing. The best warning she had was her brother had it years ago and ignored it and lost one eye. We jumped on it like you did and the laser treatment was successful. She had both eyes done within a year, kinda strange but glad we got it. Park the heavy lifting for a while!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Roundhouse on June 23, 2021, 10:01:49 AM
very nice pics, and would love to see a few more about you shed design.  looks solaresch.  good work in the woods.
Thanks doc,
Where my mill and shed is located a lot of snow falls every winter and that was the main driver in the design, a steep roof to easily lose the snow without me being there. I also wanted to allow for a lot of natural light on the mill even in gloomy weather. Since the footprint of the shed is small, 8' x 20', I built the trusses to slope in one direction. The vertical side of trusses I enclosed in clear panels to let the light in. After I built it I briefly asked myself "could I use the upper space as a solar kiln?" but I quickly dismissed that as there isn't really access for that, a floor would block light to the mill, and it wasn't built with the weight that would add in mind. Instead I've kept it open and really like the airy-ness and light around the mill. I use a tiny bit of storage up there but that's it. The shed sits on a northwest-southeast axis and I theorize that later in the winter morning sun can shine through the panels, raise the temperature a bit under the roof and help slide snow off the roof. I'm not there to observe this but the roof has worked very well for the five years I've had it. 
Here is a look at the shed during construction before I put the mill under it. You can see the truss design and the end panels aren't up yet. The small "drip roof" that is on this side would be added the following spring.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/SawMillShed_90_112716.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1480440804)

The following spring with the mill in the shed and work continuing on the drip roof.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/Mille_052217.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1495980679)

And with the end panels in place the shed was essentially done. The panels don't completely enclose the ends but get close enough to the eves to keep all the weather off the end trusses.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/Milld_052417.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1496024439)

A look at the other side of the shed early in its career. It sheds snow very well, and provides shade in the summer.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/millshed_021917.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1487885821)

There's no power out there so I've added a deep cell battery to run an overhead winch and some 12 volt lights that come on when I need finish up after sunset.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/MillLightsC_lot90_101517.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1508546982)

Finally, here is the shed as it looks currently with a log deck in place, you can also see the lattice panels I hang on the sloped side when not running the mill.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/42799/millsnow_lot90_101518.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1541046338)

Pretty humble compared to a lot the large sheds I've seen here but the work that went in to it has been worth it and I'm happy with the design.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 23, 2021, 10:37:27 AM
thanks RH.  be proud of your creation.  some nice ideas there.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 23, 2021, 12:11:48 PM
    I like it! How wide is the opening in front for your logs and such.

   I should copy a similar design to keep the mill in when I am not on the road with my mill.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Roundhouse on June 23, 2021, 01:41:13 PM
   I like it! Howe wide is the opening in front for your logs and such.

    I should copy a similar design to keep the mill in when I am not on the road with my mill.
The opening is only about 11' which is enough for 90+% of what I mill, 8' 6" logs and 10' 6" logs. Other logs I have brought in with the loader through the backside by zig zagging them around the posts. I'm working out a system for loading oversize "beam" logs from the end, I won't need it often but will be able to mill long logs without taking the mill out of the shed.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 23, 2021, 09:02:24 PM
I finished sawing my little hourly rate two day job today by sawing this jewel:

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0222~0.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494660)

Looks are deceiving because that top limb is ~16" diameter and 3' above the sawmill bed.  Notice that we have the butt tied down with a ratchet strap.  I brought it down to the stem and turned it 90į.  It was then 24" wide and was sawed into 1ĺ" slabs.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0235.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494696)
 

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0234.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494693)
 
OK, but what was it?  @WDH (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=4370) No picture of the end grain.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0233~0.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494691)
 
The bark.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0231.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494685)
 
A knot.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0230~0.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494677)
 
Another knot.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0229.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1624494671)
 
Woodgrain.

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Edge with bark.  I am saying either Tupelo or Black Gum??

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A portion of the lumber whack.

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Another view and as they say; this one is in the book.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on June 23, 2021, 10:19:12 PM
It is elm. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 23, 2021, 10:39:29 PM
Well DanG, I see it now and it's so obvious.  smiley_dizzy

At least you didn't have any trouble seeing it.  ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 23, 2021, 10:44:28 PM
My right eye got lasered today.  Gotta stand down until at least Monday.  I am gonna go batty no being able to do anything stressful.  I may go piddle in the barn in front of my new 5 foot fan.

.........................and no, I am not cleaning the house.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 24, 2021, 03:39:58 AM
when you say... "Piddle in the Barn"  ...  I have to say, it conjured a little different image than I think you intended!   :o :o :o   8)   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on June 24, 2021, 05:01:28 AM
Hey piddle, piddle, the cat and the fiddle and the cow jumped over the sawmill  ;D.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 24, 2021, 06:23:09 AM
we should probably get some sleep.  oh well.  @Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) will be so happy to wake up and see that she has mail!  and piddling in front of a 5 foot fan...  sounds like the proverbial "piddling in the wind"  .  or the movie, "gone piddling with the wind".  "frankly Danny, I don't give a @DanG (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=74) "  8th night of 8 in a row 12 hour shifts.  please do not send me to the woodshed!  8)  a couple of sick people in the AMs and 4 hours over puts me at 100 hours for the work week.  so I been sawing nothing.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on June 24, 2021, 07:07:21 AM
when you say... "Piddle in the Barn"  ...  I have to say, it conjured a little different image than I think you intended!   :o :o :o   8)   :D :D :D
Yeah, me too. But then I thought "Well maybe he has dirt floors in his barn" and that made it OK in my head.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on June 24, 2021, 07:52:55 AM
A classic example of the same word having different meanings for people in different parts of the country.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 24, 2021, 08:09:19 AM
and the cow jumped over the sawmil


Funny you should say that.  No jumping involved but I did have one born in the mill shed last winter when it was the only dry place on the farm and it had lights given it was happening in a rain storm at 3:00 AM.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: samandothers on June 24, 2021, 01:11:36 PM
Brandi,
Piddling in the wind aside,  don't do much let your retina surgery heal!  Glad you got it fixed.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: hacknchop on June 24, 2021, 02:01:17 PM
Take care of yourself Brandi, there will still be lots of work for you to do when you heal up and having adequate eyesight is important. I really do admire your work ethic , you are one hard working gal.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 24, 2021, 06:03:11 PM
Amen!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 24, 2021, 06:16:13 PM
Brandi,

   In response to comments and innuendos from several of our esteemed FF members who are obviously lacking in couth and the normally accepted basic social graces, please accept my deepest and most sincere apology. No doubt it was "a slight carelessness in their upbringing." ;)

    Anyway, glad you're on the mend. Follow the your doctor's instructions and get well soon. I had cataract surgery in January and it amazing what they can do these days.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 24, 2021, 06:29:24 PM
hope we made you smile!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 24, 2021, 06:32:13 PM
Doc,

   I'm just hoping that twinkle in her eye is not a loose laser zinging out of control. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Andries on June 24, 2021, 07:27:56 PM
I hates it when loose lasers start flopping around. . .
Bindian; it took a few weeks before I felt 'normal but altered' after my laser retina re-attach.  I've been in two bush plaNE crashes, broken my back and cracked a hip to give stem cells to my cancer afflicted brother. That laser in the eye was worse than any of that. 
It felt like someone was boiling an egg in a microwave, while it was in my head. But that's over now, and you should take the time to chill out and give it a good long while to heal up. 
It'll be worth the wait. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 01:25:36 AM
when you say... "Piddle in the Barn"  ...  I have to say, it conjured a little different image than I think you intended!   :o :o :o   8)   :D :D :D
Yeah, me too. But then I thought "Well maybe he has dirt floors in his barn" and that made it OK in my head.
Who has dirt floors?
Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 01:28:56 AM
Brandi,

   In response to comments and innuendos from several of our esteemed FF members who are obviously lacking in couth and the normally accepted basic social graces, please accept my deepest and most sincere apology. No doubt it was "a slight carelessness in their upbringing." ;)

    Anyway, glad you're on the mend. Follow the your doctor's instructions and get well soon. I had cataract surgery in January and it amazing what they can do these days.
Thanks Howard!  The others just are jealous they don't live in Texas.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 01:30:34 AM
Hey piddle, piddle, the cat and the fiddle and the cow jumped over the sawmill  ;D.  
It goes.............Hey diddle diddle.........
Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 01:34:07 AM
hope we made you smile!
I got food poisoning and no, it did not.
Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 25, 2021, 04:27:09 AM
well I hope you are feeling much better soon, and I guess we will go back to sawing.  Hugs! Doc.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: LoneDuck on June 25, 2021, 07:53:23 AM
This cherry needed to come down after the derecho last year. Got some good slabs. Wish I had more time, a lot of nice trees have to still come down because of the storm. 

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on June 25, 2021, 08:30:37 AM
Brandi:
What I'd like to ask, to prevent it from happing to others, is how did you get a laser shot in your eye?

Jim Rogers
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: JRWoodchuck on June 25, 2021, 09:35:32 AM
I have a question for all you cherry millerís out there. How do you pick the cherries on those trees that have 60í canopies? Our here in Oregon our cherry trees donít look like that. We grow big evergreens and even big deciduous evergreens but not cherries like that. Ours have a silvery bark and get to 30íish on a big one. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: hilltopper46 on June 25, 2021, 10:49:07 AM
I have a question for all you cherry millerís out there. How do you pick the cherries on those trees that have 60í canopies? Our here in Oregon our cherry trees donít look like that. We grow big evergreens and even big deciduous evergreens but not cherries like that. Ours have a silvery bark and get to 30íish on a big one.
Speaking only for myself, the vast majority of the cherry we cut and mill is black cherry, also known as wild cherry or bird cherry. The seed is almost completely stone and it requires much patience and tedious work to make anything out of them. I've heard of people making jellies, from the juice, but have never seen it done. 
All that to say, picking cherries is not an issue. Wild cherry is a fence row tree around here.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: dirtymartini on June 25, 2021, 01:41:30 PM
 
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Just about maxing out the Tractor and the mill. 12.5'  29" diameter EWP. I need hydraulics!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on June 25, 2021, 04:12:59 PM
Sawed a hollow red oak for live edge river table slabs this morning.  32" on the big end, so a perfect fit for my mill.  Some of my customers wouldn't cross the street for a good grade log. :D

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After I slabbed it, I put the log back together in the boule to make it easy to match the half slabs that fell apart.

I'm thinking I should charge extra for hole sawing, I mean it takes lots of experience and skill to saw the perfect hole! :)  I keep thinking its gonna take $1,000 of resin to fill the hole.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 04:25:02 PM
Brandi:
What I'd like to ask, to prevent it from happing to others, is how did you get a laser shot in your eye?

Jim Rogers
Jim,
 Thanks for your question.  I reread my original post and "see" the confusion.  Last Saturday,  I had shooting lights in my right eye's peripheral vision.  It was all over the top, bottom, and side of my eye.  I knew I had a problem as Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, with his eye patch, stated on TV that shooting light is dangerous, as your retina can detach and can loose vision in that eye.  Sunday, I had a few shoots of light, but not many.  I did have lots and lots of floaters in that eye.  Monday, I got into see my eye doctor, who said I had a tear (really a hole) in my retina and referred me to a specialist.  After making my appointment with Retina Consultants of Texas for Wednesday, I got food poisoning.  So no one shot my eye by accident with a laser.  It was on purpose and really painless.
I wasn't without pain, because I was just flat wore out, especially getting out in the heat.  I get exhausted just putting on my clothes.
Oh yeah............I still have floaters in my eye, but hardly any streaks of light.  All that may go away, or stay.
             hugs, Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 25, 2021, 04:43:59 PM
   Thanks for the explanations and our sincere hopes for a speedy and complete recovery. I am sure glad to find it was not caused by the laser on the mill. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 25, 2021, 11:25:38 PM
  Thanks for the explanations and our sincere hopes for a speedy and complete recovery. I am sure glad to find it was not caused by the laser on the mill. :D
Howard,
         I don't have a laser on my mill.
                     hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Machinebuilder on June 26, 2021, 08:05:34 AM
  It was on purpose and really painless.

That's interesting.
My eye doctor found a slight tear/detachment in my left eye about 35 years ago.
He happened to be a retina specialist and scheduled me for Laser surgery the next day.
What I remember is the most intense pain I have ever felt, I have said it felt like a red hot nail being shoved through my eye.
I've had 2 shoulder surgeries and the closest pain is when my rotator cuff tore, That woke me up in the middle of the night.
I'm glad the technology for doing it has improved that much.
As I recall my tear was related to my high myopia (nearsightedness) and I am at high risk for that type of problem.
I see a ophthalmologist ever year just to make sure nothing is going wrong. I like it when I get told there are no changes.
Be Careful.

Dave
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 02:18:19 PM
 It was on purpose and really painless.

That's interesting.
My eye doctor found a slight tear/detachment in my left eye about 35 years ago.
He happened to be a retina specialist and scheduled me for Laser surgery the next day.
What I remember is the most intense pain I have ever felt, I have said it felt like a red hot nail being shoved through my eye.
I've had 2 shoulder surgeries and the closest pain is when my rotator cuff tore, That woke me up in the middle of the night.
I'm glad the technology for doing it has improved that much.
As I recall my tear was related to my high myopia (nearsightedness) and I am at high risk for that type of problem.
I see a ophthalmologist ever year just to make sure nothing is going wrong. I like it when I get told there are no changes.
Be Careful.

Dave
Yes, it is amazing how far we have come with technology.  There wasn't any pain, but a bright light.  Only pain was from the surgeon moving my head around and me sitting in that uncomfortable chair.  They need to talk to my dentist.  I can sleep in his chairs.
           hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on June 26, 2021, 02:34:21 PM
Brandi:
If you can sleep through a root canal your better than me.
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 26, 2021, 02:56:28 PM
Brandi,

   I am like you with the dentist and fall asleep in the chair. Once when I was in the USMC a Navy Lt. Cmdr was working on me and I fell asleep and he had to wake me up to open my mouth so he could get his thumb free.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 06:03:51 PM
Brandi:
If you can sleep through a root canal your better than me.
GAB
Actually, I did fall asleep in the oral surgeon's chair during a root canal.
  hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 26, 2021, 08:56:41 PM
while other women get hair, nails and massage, you get a hole in your retina, food poisoning and a root canal.  :) you rock. best regards, Doc!   
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on June 26, 2021, 09:55:52 PM
Brandi,

   I am like you with the dentist and fall asleep in the chair. Once when I was in the USMC a Navy Lt. Cmdr was working on me and I fell asleep and he had to wake me up to open my mouth so he could get his thumb free.
Yea - OK, that was an "accident"...  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 10:38:00 PM
Brandi,

   I am like you with the dentist and fall asleep in the chair. Once when I was in the USMC a Navy Lt. Cmdr was working on me and I fell asleep and he had to wake me up to open my mouth so he could get his thumb free.
What's so good about root canals is your mouth is wedged open and you are told to relax your jaw.  I did have a dentist from 1979 until 3 years ago, that didn't use all the newer trappings and always had to tell me................open wide.  He had a squirt water fountain with dixie cups.  Still does to this day.   Talk about being surprised at all the new dental gadgets when I changed dentists!  WOW.  Just wished I would have changed sooner!
           hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 10:39:25 PM
while other women get hair, nails and massage, you get a hole in your retina, food poisoning and a root canal.  :) you rock. best regards, Doc!  
Doc,
  What can I say....................I am getting bored.  Wait, when did I get a root canal?

                 hugs, Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 10:41:57 PM
Brandi,

   I am like you with the dentist and fall asleep in the chair. Once when I was in the USMC a Navy Lt. Cmdr was working on me and I fell asleep and he had to wake me up to open my mouth so he could get his thumb free.
Yea - OK, that was an "accident"...  ;D
What was an accident?  Howard falling asleep or the Lt. Cmdr. getting his thumb stuck? :D :D :D
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 26, 2021, 10:43:34 PM
I think I am feeling better now.  Thanks for putting up with me, Y'all.
       hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on June 27, 2021, 09:43:47 AM
Yesterdayís saw job was located 32 miles away just a couple miles outside of Nebraska City. This was my first time sawing for the customer. The logs were all cottonwood and were to be sawn into 2Ēx6Ēx16í for pole barn purlins and 2Ēx12Ēx12í for hay trailer decking. Knowing that the client has had custom sawing done before and that he had ample support equipment for moving logs I skipped my normal pre-saw site visit.
 Upon arrival I was pleased to find everything in order with logs debarked, sorted, and stored based on size and length. Plenty of room for sawmill setup and maneuvering logs into place, plenty of helpers, and some really first rate support equipment. 

Below is a picture of the log storage yard with one of the two Kabota Skid loaders retrieving a log.


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Trimming off one end of the log and ready to deliver it to the sawmills loader arms.


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Those of you that read this topic know many of my clients have me saw live edge slabs. It was exciting and a pleasure to finally do a framing lumber job again. Below are some 2Ēx6Ēs x16í coming off of the saw and being stacked on the hay trailer to the right.
The little black box fan on the white bucket was placed there by the client to help keep me cool while sawing. It was a hot muggy morning and that fan was greatly appreciated!


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 2Ēx12Ēs x12í long ready to be stacked and stickered.


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The job from arrival to completion was 6 3/4 hours, used roughly 7.5 gallons of fuel in the mill, and we used 3 new TimberKing Ultra blades during sawing. The logs cut quite easily compared to most other woods I typically saw and having them completely debarked made a big difference in how long my blades lasted. 
Hopefully I impressed the client enough to saw for him again in the future. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 27, 2021, 09:50:03 AM
That job is what dreams are made of.  8)

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on June 27, 2021, 10:24:04 AM
Nicely balanced rings in your lumber, Sir. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on June 27, 2021, 10:28:42 AM
while other women get hair, nails and massage, you get a hole in your retina, food poisoning and a root canal.  :) you rock. best regards, Doc!  
Doc,
  What can I say....................I am getting bored.  Wait, when did I get a root canal?

                 hugs, Brandi
must of been in the past, (reply 1002 for me).  I orient my posts in reverse and I am usually off by 1 when referring to posts.  anyhoo glad you are on the mend.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on June 28, 2021, 03:08:10 PM
About 10 days ago a customer dropped off seven hemlock logs. Last week I sawed them.

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As you can see there was no shortage of knots. I've only sawed hemlock once and that was several years ago so it was a treat to saw something different. I was concerned about the knots but as it turned out they were not a problem. For some reason I thought hemlock would make bland looking lumber like white pine but that is not the case. Hemlock lumber has more character and color. I like the way it looks and I enjoyed myself with this job.

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  Happy sawing.....Cutter
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on June 28, 2021, 07:26:14 PM
Took a break from framing lumber and pine boards. 
I sawed some soft maple with Ambrosia. 
Its was 100į today as well.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 28, 2021, 08:16:36 PM
Luke and I returned to a repeat customer today sawing framing lumber for his new home which will be built at this location..

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Plenty of level open space and good logs which we are bucking and skidding with the customer's tractor.  The shed in the background is filled with previously sawn & stickered lumber.  He still does not have enough logs to complete his cut list so either he will work this weekend or we will return later.  Don't know yet??  Oh he has plenty of logs, but they are vertical.....not horizontal.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on June 28, 2021, 08:44:07 PM
   Just piddlin' (No comments needed from the peanut gallery) today and cut up some real small spruce tops to make a few more 7' & 8' 2X4s for my toilet and small shed orders. I think I cut up 8 small tops for a whopping 15 2X4s. Actually the last 2 were 2X6's.

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You can see the tiny tops (7-8 inch diameter) at the loading arms. My new ATV is in the foreground and lower right. I am supposed to pick up my old one tomorrow. There are 2 -14' butt lots by the 4 wheeler and I still have 23' left off the one in front of the mill. 

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Today's cut. I'll have to do a quick inventory to see how much more framing I need then I'll cut most of the larger logs into 7/8" X 6" or 8" sheeting. I suspect one more log might be all the framing I need. A lot of it is cut into 3' to 4' pieces. I like using the spruce because it is light weight and making the buildings allows me to sell the wood which is a slow mover for me.

   If all goes as planned I will load up tomorrow for a 130+ mile trip up and back Wednesday to saw 12 logs. That promises to be a long day and my longest trip to date.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 29, 2021, 05:07:46 PM
More rain today so Luke and I had another partial day sawing.  :-X

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There are more 2X10X14' behind this so a bit over 2Mbf.  We found one lightening struck tree today that was rotten when we started bucking so the customer will have to fall some more trees to make his cut list. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on June 29, 2021, 11:49:12 PM
I got back in the saddle today.  Well, I finished the 250 hour maintenance that I started 3 weeks ago.  I will drain and change the hyd. fluid tomorrow, as I got the drain plug out.  You can read about that can of worms here...........https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=41710.msg1831958#msg1831958
Post #31.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on June 30, 2021, 03:32:24 PM
Yesterday morning I went back to that split oak tree to try to salvage two good logs from it. First I cleared a path in for the tractor.

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then I cleared a space beyond the tree for the tractor to maneuver to pick up the logs.

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Then I cut two 8' logs off the butt end of the tree. When I cut through the top of the 2nd log the crack sprang open wider.

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I loaded the logs one at a time and transported them back to the barn yard.

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When these two logs are loaded on the mill I'll have to look them over carefully to figure the best way to saw them for the least amount of waste. As for the rest of that split stem, I have not decided whether to chunk it up for firewood or cut 8' half logs and see what lumber can be got from them.
It's too hot today. I'll go back up there after it cools down.

  Happy logging.....Cutter

DanG! This is supposed to be in the Forestry and Logging section.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Iwawoodwork on June 30, 2021, 03:58:28 PM
I have not sawn split halves  other than a few over thick slabs that I took a couple cuts of of. Those split halves might be like quarter sawing if stood up.   I am sure that there are sawyers on here who have split large logs and sawn that can respond about the experience.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 30, 2021, 04:00:05 PM
As I suspected after sawing 4 logs this morning, the remainder of this customer's logs were rotten.  He will be falling and skidding this weekend and I plan to return Tuesday.

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My power feed quit working this morning, but what could be wrong?  smiley_headscratch

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Yup, setscrew backed out and the square key fell out.  Luke found it will the stick/magnet and all is well.

Next we stopped by a repeat customer that called last week saying that he has more logs to be sawn.

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Did he say more logs??  :o  That bottom center log is over 4'.  Yikes!!

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Did he say more logs??  :o 

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These were hiding to the left of the above picture.  Yikes!!  Now to be truthful, that center whack is pulp and not for sawing.  This will be a 40-50 log job to be sawn into framing lumber.  Looks like probably 15Mbf.  ::)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Log Dawg on June 30, 2021, 04:17:42 PM
Big White Oak, first log I hav
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 e not been able to lift. So we gave it a little help. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 30, 2021, 04:49:32 PM
Luke and I did "uncover" a bit of fast excitement today.
IMG 0289 - YouTube (https://youtu.be/km0EC9wFJVE)
A Water Snake between the logs.  :o   It goes from left to right between "there it comes" and "there it goes".  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: HemlockKing on June 30, 2021, 04:56:11 PM
How big do those water snakes get there? 
Sounds like you got the help of your grandson for the summer again, thatís awesome, time well spent. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on June 30, 2021, 04:59:49 PM
They will easily get 3'+ but this one probably was not much over 18".  It was far from water but there were rats under the logs.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on June 30, 2021, 07:49:05 PM
I cut some maple cookies the other day. I was excited for about 10 seconds and then highly disappointed. When fresh cut they we very pretty, but within seconds they started to turn slightly green and then within 4 minutes they were almost black in areas. I sanded one a little yesterday just to try to figure out what was going on. My thought was that some mineral in the ground had been being sucked up by the tree and then once cut it was exposed to air and quickly began to oxidize. Any thoughts on what caused this? And anything I can do or should I just let them dry as is? Would anchorseal cause any damage to them ya think? I normally anchorseal my cookies.

Below is a picture within seconds of cutting.


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This picture is after several minutes of being exposed to the air.
 
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This picture was taken the day I cut the cookies, about an hour after I finished. (I got 12 of these total).
 
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This is pre-sanding a day or two after cutting.
 
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And this is after sanding.
 
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Some dark blue staining, almost like metal stains, but no evidence of metal anywhere in this tree. So again, maybe "mineral metal" in the soil?
 
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More of the staining, these seem to be where the majority of the big green/black stains originated.

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 01, 2021, 05:54:06 PM
Wow! A couple more jobs like this and I can go ahead and retire too. A guy drove about 90 miles each way to bring two 42" cherry logs. Half an hour on the mill, 6" X1" wide boards with  the side flitches edged from 6-12 inches wide. I forgot to take pictures of the logs, just the finished lumber. About 70 bf or so I estimate.

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 As far as I know this was my first Irish customer. Real nice guy and he seemed to really enjoy watching and photographing the process. I showed him around and he bought a bench and 3 birdhouses so turned out to be more profitable than I expected. We talked a bit and I showed him a snatch block and showed him how to use one with a cable or rope to move logs in the woods with an ATV or to load them on his trailer. He talked like his next stop would be at a Rural King to buy one. I am sure he will be back.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Poquo on July 02, 2021, 07:03:47 AM
Burdman , Those cookies will be beautiful and unique when finished . The greenish staining is from Ambrosia beetles , the blue stain looks like metal is somewhere in the log . Did you run a metal detector over it?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on July 02, 2021, 02:55:39 PM
@Poquo (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=45962) I dont have a metal detector. I cut 12 cookies from this stump though and didnt hit any metal at all, so maybe I just got lucky? How should I dry these? Do you think its ok to rough sand them then just anchorseal and sticker them?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: firefighter ontheside on July 02, 2021, 07:30:46 PM
Several years ago I talked to the owner of a tree/landscape company near my firehouse.  I happened to be by his lot and mentioned to him that I'm always looking for logs to saw.  He said he would let me know when he had something I might want.  Of course I never heard from him til a few days ago.  One of my trucks was over on his street for a call and he flagged them down and asked about the guy that wanted logs.  I got the message and went over to see him.  He had 2 walnut logs for me.  Looks like they've been there a while.  I guess he saved them for me and then never was able to get ahold of me.  One log looks really nice.  The other is smaller and more limby, but I will take any walnut for free.  Plus they will load on my trailer with a skid steer.  

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on July 02, 2021, 10:18:39 PM
Been sawing cedar for the past week and caught my help laying down on the job.....again!  I pay way above minimum bones.  You would think he would at least act busy. :)

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on July 02, 2021, 10:24:05 PM
Magicman - was that a Moccasin or just a plain old "water snake"? 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: olcowhand on July 03, 2021, 06:49:37 AM
Been sawing cedar for the past week and caught my help laying down on the job.....again!  I pay way above minimum bones.  You would think he would at least act busy. :)

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Larry,
"Let a sleeping Dog...."; He looks dog tired!
Steve
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on July 03, 2021, 07:42:40 AM
Larry - have you seen how much money these "Influences" make for just having their photo taken with a product?  He might be onto something for you.   :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 03, 2021, 09:39:47 AM
Magicman - was that a Moccasin or just a plain old "water snake"?
Just a water snake that didnít want to leave the logs.  We also flushed out a few mice which was probably why it was there.
The customer is falling trees and skidding logs today and we will start back Tuesday.  He called me earlier to verify the log lengths.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on July 03, 2021, 10:12:53 AM
More spalted maple.
Its selling as fast as its sawn.
I have a bunch more logs.
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Deese on July 03, 2021, 03:06:49 PM
I turned around from the blade sharpener the other night and nearly bumped into a rat snake aka chicken snake crawling on one of my sawhorses. I let it be. The lights attract insects, which attract frogs from the pond just outside the barn. Copperheads, Cottonmouths and ratsnakes are everywhere here. And frogs. Lots of frogs. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on July 03, 2021, 04:27:12 PM
Now thatís wavy lumber for sure!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on July 03, 2021, 05:23:51 PM
How long is he? Looks like 5' maybe? Very pretty but still kinda creeps me out.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 03, 2021, 05:53:47 PM
He is all wrinkled up because you aggravated him.  They also put off a foul odor when hassled. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on July 03, 2021, 06:53:46 PM
Lifted up a piece of tin in my yard today and a 3' garter snake came side winding out.  :o
I think I prefer logging in winter, then I only has to watch out for the snow snakes. ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on July 03, 2021, 07:04:34 PM
There's no snake like a snow snake!

  smiley_biggrin01
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 03, 2021, 09:50:54 PM
 
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   Well I had a great visit by another FF member today. WV Woodbuthcher brought me these 3 WO logs to cut in 3.5" squares and 1.5" X 3.5" framing with a few 1X6 boards on the side. They will be use as bases for deer stands/blinds. That's a great option to cut as you just cut a 3.5" cant then flip and square it and anything that won't square becomes a 1.5" board. we easily and quickly filled his cut list with plenty of extra. Not huge logs. These 3 10' logs returned 321 bf of lumber in 1.5 hours on the mill. Its great to have a customer who knows what he wants and enjoys watching the process and is a good mill hand to boot. I got side tracked by another customer coming up and did not get a finished lumber picture.

 I had met the WV Woodbutcher at our flea market a couple of years ago but this is the first time I have been able to saw for him and show off the mill but I hope it won't be the last.

EDIT:

  Oh yeah, I forgot to add, while I was packing up and covering the mill for the night the neighbors came down to check me out.

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This young doe came down about 40 yards away from me and equal distance to a slab pile I was burning. Neither seemed to bother her in the least and she just fed and meandered on her merry way. I am sure she has a fawn or two close by.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on July 03, 2021, 11:00:31 PM
@Deese (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=23361) What you call a rat snake is not the same thing as they are here. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 04, 2021, 07:27:10 AM
I donít recall him calling you a rat snake, but hey, if the shoe fits, wear it  :D.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: DPatton on July 04, 2021, 10:18:01 AM
He is all wrinkled up because you aggravated him.  They also put off a foul odor when hassled.
WDH, 
I put out a foul odor when Iím surprised by one! 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on July 04, 2021, 05:59:51 PM
Cut 415bf of cedar this afternoon. Made a bunch of 4x4s from some small stuff that I had piled up. 
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I can do about 8 per hour sawing 6" logs into 4x4s. At $21 each that's well worth the effort. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Deese on July 04, 2021, 07:36:28 PM
@Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297) most folks around here call them chicken snakes. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 04, 2021, 07:58:16 PM
@Southside (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=24297) most folks around here call them chicken snakes.
Chicken snake here too.  But sometimes, when I catch them in the pen with the ducklings, they are Duck Snakes. think_not fudd-smiley
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: samandothers on July 04, 2021, 08:27:30 PM
He is all wrinkled up because you aggravated him.  They also put off a foul odor when hassled.
WDH,
I put out a foul odor when Iím surprised by one!
That's funny!  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 04, 2021, 08:53:54 PM
   I'm building 3 sheds (one is actually a composting toilet) and I needed some more materials so I sawed a 23' top into 2-6' & 1-10' log today to get mostly framing and a few 3" wide battens.

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The small 6' log on the loading arms and the 16' log by the saw are what I sawed. They were too small to make good boards so I just made 2X4s out of them.

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About 113 bf total. Nothing great but enough to finish the framing of my sheds. Tomorrow I'll cut a couple of the larger logs for boards and battens.

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The nosy neighbor is back. She let me walk about 10 yards from her before she moved. She is about 25 yards away in this picture. This morning I got up to go to the flea market and she was in the pasture about 60 yards away. When she saw me she looked at the woods then trotted over there and I saw her and her spotted fawn walk out. We figure we've got at least 3-4  fawns in the pasture right now.

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Machinebuilder on July 05, 2021, 07:26:17 PM
This is the last log I sawed, it just barely fit on the mill, and really kicked my butt.



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I had a lot of trouble rolling it after the first 2 cuts, I didn't get it quite square. I ended up chain slinging its and carefully lowering it to the bed.


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I did get a pretty good pile of boards, mostly 5/4.


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I think doing more will wait till it cools down, its too much work running it at 85+ degrees


Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 05, 2021, 09:05:27 PM
  I finished framing the last 2 walls on a composting toilet and built and hung the door then cut  these 4 spruce 7' logs for B&B. Mostly I was cutting 8" and a few 6" boards and I'd get a few 3" wide battens off each log.

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 I see I need to cut another tree to get a handful of boards and to get enough battens to finish the 3 sheds I'm working on. 

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About 320 bf when I finished. The tall stacks have 12 boards each. I think there are 22 1/2" battens in the one stack. I had moved a few 6" battens over to the sheds where I will nail them up tomorrow.

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Framed sheds (2 are 4'X4' and one is 4'X8') in the background with some boards leaning on them. I'll pretty much finish the siding tomorrow.

   My DOE inspector did not show up this afternoon. She was around earlier and may have checked things out while I was sawing and I did not see her. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Deese on July 05, 2021, 09:50:37 PM
23' long beams coming off the mill as we speak. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Deese on July 06, 2021, 06:45:35 PM
Beam order filled, leftover 1x's edged, lengths broken down, stickered, banded, barrel fans running. Next is 200 syp 1x4x16 and 5  4x12x16 to be picked up tomorrow morning. A thunderstorm just passed through dropping the temp down to 71į. 
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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: burdman_22 on July 06, 2021, 11:24:14 PM
@WV Sawmiller (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28064) I hope you don't mind me pointing out that your cant hook is a bit crooked...
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 07, 2021, 02:49:30 AM
@WV Sawmiller (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28064) I hope you don't mind me pointing out that your cant hook is a bit crooked...
That's not crooked...............it's West Virginia straight! :D
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: GAB on July 07, 2021, 08:09:29 AM
@WV Sawmiller (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=28064) I hope you don't mind me pointing out that your cant hook is a bit crooked...
That's not crooked...............it's West Virginia straight! :D
hugs,  Brandi
Touche
GAB
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jim_Rogers on July 07, 2021, 08:59:38 AM
It's bend because it's the wrong color, suppose to be blue. Must be a knock off. :D

Jim Rogers
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on July 07, 2021, 07:16:41 PM
Slabbing some white oak. Going slow because I'm filming. T7's doing a great job. Nice and smooth.

24" white oak slabbing. - YouTube (https://youtu.be/R6Z_ckEGSIE)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 07, 2021, 09:36:58 PM
Luke and are still sawing framing lumber for a new home.  Here he is stacking 14' 2X10's and I saw him carrying two at the time yesterday.  :o
https://youtu.be/svm2gUHUAy4  (https://youtu.be/svm2gUHUAy4)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 08, 2021, 08:22:39 AM
I used to could do that  :).
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on July 08, 2021, 09:59:43 AM
I've determined that the reason I can no longer carry 16' 8x8s now,  is because I used to carry them back then. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Nebraska on July 08, 2021, 10:20:10 AM
Sins of our youth..... ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Resonator on July 08, 2021, 10:47:13 AM
"Got used too much when it was new." (Old saying). ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on July 08, 2021, 10:54:05 AM
of course the guys that did not work that hard, never could carry that much.  i have done it in moderation, and always surprise my fellow docs who come for a sawmill visit.  It is half strength, and half technique and some would argue 100% stupid, but that is more than 100% so does not count.   :)  gotta learn to get in the middle and with things like plywood, even judge the orientation to the wind.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 08, 2021, 10:54:50 AM
   Well, I tried posting this reply 2 times last night when I returned from my longest distanced sawing job to date but I was so tired and sleepy and distraught over Brandi's cruel jibes about my beloved customized cant hook that I could not think straight and sent the responses into cyber space. >:( I will try again.

 BTW to Jim - heavy duty LogRites are yellow, not blue. You need to order you a couple to confirm this.

  Burdman - my custom cant hook story has been posted several times. Buy yourself one and send it to me and the next time I cut a 1600+ bf poplar I'll fix you one. The curve in in the direction of use and makes for fast and steady hook-up.

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I drove 138 miles up to Huntington to saw these "12" logs for a repeat customer who has a cabin near here. I told him I was going to send him back to remedial math classes. We sawed all but the 7 small WO logs in the front. The last thing sawed was the small but pretty walnut next to the wall.  
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A front view of the trailer with most of the 1255 bf of lumber we sawed. The owners of the property are in the background. The husband is blowing the sawdust off my mill for my trip home and his wife is in the blue dress. They were very gracious hosts and super nice people. The customer is a neighbor and co-worker who lives just up the road from where the logs were located. Apparently they came from an ice storm in February.  
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They were right in the back yard. Hottest day of the year and no shade and the tarps were a pain as a trip and slip hazard. Mostly oak, a little poplar, one  smiley_devil that sneaked in there. We thought it was poplar till I made the first cut and we got that distinct hickory smell. They confirmed when they tried to lift the 5X5 inch post. A combination of 20"+ LE 8/4 slabs, 2X4s, 2X8s and lots of 3/4" boards for siding and shingles.  
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Some craft pieces off one fork of on a WO. Had to trim down to level the log and get small enough to cut through and through into LE slabs.

It was a very long day. I left at 4:00 am and was reminded of OTR trucker woes as I saw all the spots in the rest areas were full and they were parked on the exit and entrance ramps. Not legal and they don't want to stay there but in the wee hours of the morning when you are completely exhausted and maybe out of hours to run and there is nothing else open at the truck stops or rest areas it is all you can do.

I met the customer just before 7:00 am after a 138 mile trip and we were set up and sawing by 7:30. They fed me lunch (Not the gourmet delights MM seems to get but nice and filling), water and such. We had to stop twice due to severe thunderstorms that passed through. I finished and left just after 8:00 pm (He may bring me the remaining small logs later on his next trip to his cabin on the Greenbrier River about 12 miles from my home). I got home after a trip to BK at the Teay's Valley exit after I called home and my wife told me to feed myself as she had had a hard day(??).

Since the MM has apparently completed Luke's off-bearer training we could sure have used him. I think MM needs to send him out this way. I have a 15 y/o gd up the road (Practically an old maid in WV) and maybe we can make a beneficial merger of sorts. :D

Now I just need to clean up the mill, put way my blades and tools and get back to building sheds and toilets.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: HemlockKing on July 08, 2021, 11:28:56 AM
of course the guys that did not work that hard, never could carry that much.  i have done it in moderation, and always surprise my fellow docs who come for a sawmill visit.  It is half strength, and half technique and some would argue 100% stupid, but that is more than 100% so does not count.   :)  gotta learn to get in the middle and with things like plywood, even judge the orientation to the wind.
There’s definitely a lot of technique in there, leverage, using mobility/momentum etc. A lot of people just use there backs for picking stuff up. I couldn’t do that if I wanted to because my back is messed and that’s exactly how it happened(picking up heavy stuff only with lower back), now I’m forced to kneel down and use my legs, no pain but also you’re substantially stronger this way, because you’re doing a compound lift using all sorts of muscles, opposed just just lower back. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 08, 2021, 02:05:59 PM
  Well, I tried posting this reply 2 times last night when I returned from my longest distanced sawing job to date but I was so tired and sleepy and distraught over Brandi's cruel jibes about my beloved customized cant hook that I could not think straight and sent the responses into cyber space. >:( I will try again.
Yep, blame the blond!  Violin_smiley
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 08, 2021, 02:55:37 PM
 Brandi,

  I heard a carload of women were traveling along a country road and spotted a blonde lady out in the middle of a plowed field rowing a boat. They stopped and the driver, another blonde, said "That's disgusting and just gives all of us blondes a bad name. I've got a good mind to swim out there a give her a piece of my mind!"
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 08, 2021, 09:23:45 PM
Luke and I finished our job this afternoon, and I even remembered to take a few pictures.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0356.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625793055)
 
16' 1X12's with the framing lumber in the background.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0355.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625793036)
 
Mostly 16' 2X10's.  Previously sawn framing lumber in the far background on the right and also under the red roof.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0353.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625792983)
 
Another view.  2X4's & 2X10's.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0352.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625792987)
 
120, 14' 2X10's in the foreground.  Total yield was 6208 bf.  I could saw two different jobs tomorrow, but I made an executive decision and will be off.  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 08, 2021, 09:37:09 PM
Brandi,

  I heard a carload of women were traveling along a country road and spotted a blonde lady out in the middle of a plowed field rowing a boat. They stopped and the driver, another blonde, said "That's disgusting and just gives all of us blondes a bad name. I've got a good mind to swim out there a give her a piece of my mind!"
Howard,
          Don't give up your day job.
                    hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KWood255 on July 08, 2021, 09:42:08 PM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/34884/20E619E0-4C29-44E4-A89A-35707F435A24.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1625794813)
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/34884/204164A1-0923-407A-89C3-98F8DD6FCF74.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1625794797)
 2x8x12 poplar planks for a local customers float trailer 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Sixacresand on July 09, 2021, 11:46:37 AM
We finished a hot, miserable job yesterday where the logs were where they landed when the trees were cut down. The July heat kicked in at 10 AM.  No equipment on site other than a chain and cant hook.  Had to move the mill several times to accommodate logs.  A lot of unexpected extra work and gator aid, but we lived and the wallet is happy.    
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on July 09, 2021, 04:09:40 PM
Happy birthday!  @Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) Best regards and maybe a hug.  Doc.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 09, 2021, 05:42:42 PM
Happy birthday!  @Bindian (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=17364) Best regards and maybe a hug.  Doc.
Doc,
      You're a hoot and a half.  Thanks and hugs are acceptable and/or accepted.
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on July 09, 2021, 09:48:04 PM
We finished a hot, miserable job yesterday where the logs were where they landed when the trees were cut down. The July heat kicked in at 10 AM.  No equipment on site other than a chain and cant hook.  Had to move the mill several times to accommodate logs.  A lot of unexpected extra work and gator aid, but we lived and the wallet is happy.    
Don't think I could do that any more. But as they say "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger". Congrats on surviving the day.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 09, 2021, 10:09:20 PM
  I'm trying to finish my shed/composting toilet project and needed a few 1/2" X 3" battens and few more 8" boards. I've been cutting my spruce boards 7/8" thick just because it is so simple to do the math on my simple set. I went up to cut one more tree and almost immediately got caught in a fawn stampede. One ran up to within 10' of me while I was on the 4 wheeler. I cut the tree and came back to the 4 wheeler and it came back again with 20'. I had left my camera in the barn below. One feature I noticed is it had what looks like a solid white long a foot long on its neck. I called my wife to see if she wanted to take pictures of them so she came out about the time I finished limbing and bucking the tree into 4- 14' logs. The smallest diameter at the top was down to about 8" since I was cutting battens. 

    Becky finally came out and got on the 4 wheeler with me and I took her up the hill with her screaming like a banshee every time I'd roll over a rock or limb or the hill would slope 2 degrees. Her balance was never great but she has gotten worse. Sure enough at the top trail the fawn and doe popped up. They had never been 100 yards from me the whole time. Becky got a picture or two and they went back the way we had come and she decided to walk rather than ride. I found the fawn bedded down 20 yards from the stump of the tree I had cut. I saw the doe again on the access road on the way back to the house. She cut across the yard, jumped down into the creek and circled in my lot in front of the house.

   I had washed the mill, moved it back into the pasture and set it up for sawing. I had noticed the power feed hesitated in reverse the last time I used it and when I set it up so I pulled the cover to the belt and found it was a little loose so I tightened it and it seemed to work fine after that on the 4 small 7' logs I cut.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2640.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882310)
2-14' spruce logs 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2639.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882305)
2 more, one already cut in half and the top is on the mill arms. 

   I sawed about 155 bf of battens and boards and have plenty to finish my shed projects. All the framing is done, sides are on 2 just waiting for the roofs and I may finish all 3 tomorrow if weather and my body holds out. I do still need to finish the toilet seat/box. I'll cut the other 2 - 14' logs in half and should have enough to nearly complete another shed. I'll have to recalculate before sawing.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2642.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882843)
The stack on the right were previously cut the rest are from today.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Peter Drouin on July 10, 2021, 06:37:02 AM
Nice wack MM, Next time have your boy carry the lumber with the 1.1/2 face pointing to the sky. So the load is close to the body not hanging out away from him. 
It will be easier on him when carrying green lumber far away from the mill. Nice job you two did.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on July 10, 2021, 08:39:25 AM
Magic, nice job centering the pith on those beams (6x6s ?)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 10, 2021, 02:56:23 PM
Luke and I finished our job this afternoon, and I even remembered to take a few pictures.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0356.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625793055)
 
16' 1X12's with the framing lumber in the background.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0355.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625793036)
 
Mostly 16' 2X10's.  Previously sawn framing lumber in the far background on the right and also under the red roof.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0353.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625792983)
 
Another view.  2X4's & 2X10's.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/IMG_0352.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625792987)
 
120, 14' 2X10's in the foreground.  Total yield was 6208 bf.  I could saw two different jobs tomorrow, but I made an executive decision and will be off.  ;D
Lynn,
     Please put me on Luke's tail gunner loan out list.  I could use a good tail gunner!
            hugs,   Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 10, 2021, 02:58:41 PM
 I'm trying to finish my shed/composting toilet project and needed a few 1/2" X 3" battens and few more 8" boards. I've been cutting my spruce boards 7/8" thick just because it is so simple to do the math on my simple set. I went up to cut one more tree and almost immediately got caught in a fawn stampede. One ran up to within 10' of me while I was on the 4 wheeler. I cut the tree and came back to the 4 wheeler and it came back again with 20'. I had left my camera in the barn below. One feature I noticed is it had what looks like a solid white long a foot long on its neck. I called my wife to see if she wanted to take pictures of them so she came out about the time I finished limbing and bucking the tree into 4- 14' logs. The smallest diameter at the top was down to about 8" since I was cutting battens.

    Becky finally came out and got on the 4 wheeler with me and I took her up the hill with her screaming like a banshee every time I'd roll over a rock or limb or the hill would slope 2 degrees. Her balance was never great but she has gotten worse. Sure enough at the top trail the fawn and doe popped up. They had never been 100 yards from me the whole time. Becky got a picture or two and they went back the way we had come and she decided to walk rather than ride. I found the fawn bedded down 20 yards from the stump of the tree I had cut. I saw the doe again on the access road on the way back to the house. She cut across the yard, jumped down into the creek and circled in my lot in front of the house.

   I had washed the mill, moved it back into the pasture and set it up for sawing. I had noticed the power feed hesitated in reverse the last time I used it and when I set it up so I pulled the cover to the belt and found it was a little loose so I tightened it and it seemed to work fine after that on the 4 small 7' logs I cut.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2640.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882310)
2-14' spruce logs  
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2639.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882305)
2 more, one already cut in half and the top is on the mill arms.

   I sawed about 155 bf of battens and boards and have plenty to finish my shed projects. All the framing is done, sides are on 2 just waiting for the roofs and I may finish all 3 tomorrow if weather and my body holds out. I do still need to finish the toilet seat/box. I'll cut the other 2 - 14' logs in half and should have enough to nearly complete another shed. I'll have to recalculate before sawing.

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/38064/IMG_2642.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1625882843)
The stack on the right were previously cut the rest are from today.
Howard,
       You sure are cutting a lot of poop building boards! pc_smiley
                 hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 10, 2021, 03:26:07 PM
Brandi,

  Actually one is a 4X8 shed, another is a 4X4 shed and the 3rd one is the 4X4 composting toilet. At this rate I will soon run out overaged Christmas trees to cut up for my spruce lumber.

   BTW - I have first put in first dibs on Luke! I have even proposed a more permanent arrangement/merger. Now I just have to get the MM and my gd to agree. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 10, 2021, 03:56:09 PM
Y'all leave Luke alone.  Da last thang I need is fer him to git messed up with wimmen!! 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Old Greenhorn on July 10, 2021, 04:14:27 PM
I am quite certain Luke doesn't need any help from us. He has probably come up with his own ideas already. Ya can't keep'em down on the farm forever MM. ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 10, 2021, 04:19:00 PM
Lynn,

   Once Luke tasted Josie's cooking I think all your fears will be alleviated and he will be headed back to PawPaws for some red beans and rice, fried catfish, hush puppies, grits and a big old bowl of Blue Bunny Butter Pecan ice cream. ::)
Title: Black Walnut Rocking Horse
Post by: handhewn on July 10, 2021, 05:09:40 PM
A friend of mine here is from a family of woodworkers. I've convinced him to make a wooden rocking horse like he and his Mom built in my shop many years ago. When he said he was looking for a project I remembered this horse and still had a picture. The picture does not do it justice! The rockers are 8'6" long and the horse is 5'6" tall. 35 years ago I believe they were getting $10k for the black walnut horses. I'm not sure what the current price is.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/62460/IMG_1856.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1625951310)
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Patrick NC on July 10, 2021, 05:26:46 PM
I had a customer that was supposed to bring some white oak logs to saw into trailer decking, but he couldn't make it.  So instead I cit some cedar 4x4s and a couple of slabs. 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/59254/20210710_095725~0.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1625952392)
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 10, 2021, 09:55:02 PM
Y'all leave Luke alone.  Da last thang I need is fer him to git messed up with wimmen!!
Now that's funny.  I don't care who you are.  Cooking will bring them in or chase them away for sure.
       hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on July 10, 2021, 10:48:50 PM
Why do I keep thinking someone is going to end up with a goat out of this deal?  :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 10, 2021, 10:58:56 PM
  I told Josie about my plan and she seemed a little annoyed at me till I showed her Luke's photos on the site and the last I saw she had logged in to Amazon and ordered a cookbook and was looking though her US Geography book to find Mississippi. (I guess they missed that chapter because of the Pandemic last year.) There may be hope for my plans after all.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 11, 2021, 09:58:24 PM
I got back sawing a couple of hours this afternoon.  After a 50 hour inspection that had the mill in the barn 3 weeks, some welding on shrouds and replacing a drive belt along with laser eye surgery and food poisoning, I was ready to SAW!!!
I cut up a 12 foot 26 inch SYP into 1x6s for my friends storage building floor.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/7-11-21_Kimberly_1x6s.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1626054956)
 

I also added a new secret weapon while sawing.  An Airborne Sawdust Remover!!!  It worked GREAT.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27364/7-11-21_Airborne_Sawdust_Remover.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1626055054)
 
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 11, 2021, 10:02:18 PM
Brandi,

   Remember, this is a family site so don't be showing pictures of you sawing in a dress with that airplane blowing in the background. That would definitely blow your skirt up! :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: hacknchop on July 11, 2021, 10:55:20 PM
Nice looking material Brandi very well sawn ,nice square edges no wane I 
don't get to see that around here unless I cut it myself, local mills leave a lot of wane.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 12, 2021, 02:38:15 AM
Brandi,

   Remember, this is a family site so don't be showing pictures of you sawing in a dress with that airplane blowing in the background. That would definitely blow your skirt up! :D
Now, what possessed you to say that?  Maybe you should stick to thinking about poop houses

Years ago, after the divorce, I would go out dancing every other Sat. night.  Every now and then, I would wear a leather vest and leather mini skirt.  When I got home, I would take off my go-go boots and slip on my rubber boots and head out to the barn to check my convalescing dog.  No body ever got a photo of that, as I always came home alone.  That is the closest a "dress" ever got to my barn or equipment.   A friend once suggested I dress up in my formals and get on my tractor for photos, but we never did it.

hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on July 12, 2021, 07:09:53 AM
Brandi, good job sawing...nice looking boards.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 12, 2021, 10:28:56 AM
Brandi,

That is also a blow-on-the-backside-air-conditioner. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 12, 2021, 12:45:15 PM
  Let me see - Blonde + Blower = Marilyn Monroe moment

   Now let me go check on Jeff's pole dancing. This is getting to be a real happening site. :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 12, 2021, 04:39:24 PM
 Let me see - Blonde + Blower = Marilyn Monroe moment

   Now let me go check on Jeff's pole dancing. This is getting to be a real happening site. :D
Pole dancing = wrong direction.  But I have danced on speakers before.  I have even went to a Halloween party dressed as Marilyn Monroe.
hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 12, 2021, 04:42:55 PM
Nice looking material Brandi very well sawn ,nice square edges no wane I
don't get to see that around here unless I cut it myself, local mills leave a lot of wane.
Thanks.  It's all in the packaging and presentation.
              hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bindian on July 12, 2021, 04:44:08 PM
Brandi, good job sawing...nice looking boards.
Thanks.  Looks nice until you start stacking them and see the waves at the knots.
 hugs,  Brandi
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Willski55811 on July 12, 2021, 05:44:46 PM
Made a small dent in a customers pile this weekend and still lots to go! So far it was just 16' full dimension 2x6s, about 270 in total over the weekend. I know the piles are too wide, I told the customer that but he said he was probably going to move it anyway.... 

(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/56080/IMG_4793.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1626126092)
 


All the logs to the left of the ash in the middle are 16 feet and 8 footers on the right, all white pine.
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/56080/IMG_4787.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1626126089)
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 12, 2021, 09:09:31 PM
   Good looking lumber and stacks. I always ask the customer how long his forks are and try to make stacks to match. I don't like to ever stack over 4' wide if I can help it.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on July 12, 2021, 11:10:09 PM
Good lookiní whack o logs. The customerís going to have a nice stack of lumber when you finish sawing all those. Is this lumber for a specific project?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: cutterboy on July 13, 2021, 07:21:10 AM
That should keep you busy for a while. Do you only saw on the weekends? Those stacks of lumber do look nice but as you mentioned they are a bit wide.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Willski55811 on July 13, 2021, 09:21:32 AM
  Good looking lumber and stacks. I always ask the customer how long his forks are and try to make stacks to match. I don't like to ever stack over 4' wide if I can help it.



Yeah thats why I cut all the stickers to 4' or so but that didnt stop him.

I do only saw on the weekends right now as I'm just starting out and still have a full time job so this will definitely keep me busy for a while. I know a lot of the wood is for a large pole barn or 3 sided shelter, this customer has a lot of equipment and toys. The 8 footers are going to be 1x something for his cabin.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 13, 2021, 09:35:18 AM
When I first started, I figured that a 5í stack was more efficient because I could stack more bf given the stack height that I could physically handle.  After I ruined a whole stack of valuable maple to gray stain due to poor air exchange between the too-wide layers, I amended the error of my ways.  

I learned something else:

I know the piles are too wide, I told the customer that

but he said he was probably going to move it anyway....
The road to Hades is paved with good intentions :D.  Many times my good intention were never realized. Better to never screw up something in the first place than to try to fix it later :).

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on July 15, 2021, 04:55:23 PM
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/36349/20210715_144213.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1626382460)
 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on July 15, 2021, 05:05:43 PM
oink!
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Darrel on July 15, 2021, 05:09:44 PM
Was supposed to saw ponderosa today but can't because of the Bootleg fire.  If only winter would come back!  We are safe, but so many of our friends and neighbors are not.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Don P on July 15, 2021, 07:17:24 PM
Wish you all the best, I hope they can get it mopped up.

We've been working on more framing for the farmhouse job. We still needed a healthy whack of 2x12x20'ers and a bunch of studs and other framing. It took the dozer to get them down the hill which ended up really dirty bellies by the time I had gone up and over small whoop de doos dragging 20'ers on the way. So we got a pressure washer, i had an old shallow well pump and generator. We load up 2 drums of water in the morning and wash a few then chain up each log and thread 20' of log between the 18' uprights on the Lucas mill. With the Lull I can approach at an angle then play with the boom and tilt and well, I'm getting faster  :D. It feels like swinging a wrecking ball in a china shop.

We did get the mill tucked in under some trees at least, by afternoon its in pretty good shade.


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10017/poplarlogs.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1626390973)
 

Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on July 16, 2021, 06:28:24 PM
Here is some curly cherry of ours.  


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/21488/B916059B-55A7-4072-8949-7EFDACB02EE5.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1626473038)
 


 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/21488/904E18A4-29AF-48EB-B341-3639C5901416.jpeg?easyrotate_cache=1626474350)
 
 It was funny. The customer who bought it had other customers offering him money as he was loading it in his vehicle.  He didnít sell it.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: btulloh on July 16, 2021, 06:39:41 PM
That is stunning curl. I can see why the guy wouldnít sell it. 

Awesome. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Jeff on July 16, 2021, 06:45:07 PM
Woe boy...   smiley_bouncing_pinky
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Bruno of NH on July 16, 2021, 06:46:43 PM
Thats sweet  :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on July 16, 2021, 07:27:20 PM
Best curl I've ever seen by a long shot. Is that from Tennessee or local?
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on July 16, 2021, 07:34:03 PM
I'm on only 3 miles south of the Alabama/Tennessee border, and it is a local log, from a local logger, not too far away, but I'm not sure what direction.

I tried to capture it in the photo, but the curl was highly reflective and glowed in the sunlight at different angles.  It was an eye catcher for sure.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Dave Shepard on July 16, 2021, 09:01:43 PM
It's called chaytoyancy.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on July 16, 2021, 09:58:06 PM
I sawed a couple of cherry logs like that, date on the picture says 2007.  Couldn't bring myself to sell any of it!!!!  Still have a few boards and it ain't for sale!


(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/2007_05250046.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1192058219)


I could be a wood hoarder. :D :D :D  You wanta sell your boards? :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: YellowHammer on July 16, 2021, 11:51:51 PM
This was definitely chatoyant, but more so than a general description of reflectivity or glimmer.  This was me playing with a new (at least to me, anyway) modified sawing pattern and achieving a more dramatic reflective look as a byproduct.  


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This was basically a quartersawn board, but was done using a modified vertical grain sawing technique with which Iíve been experimenting.  Itís primary purpose is to achieve very flat boards when dried, while not reducing sawing yield or speed using conventional quartersawing or rift sawing techniques.  As a side benefit, it also generates a more dramatic linearly contrasting appearance, and even reduces the apparent size of knots in a board by reducing their aspect ratio.  These boards are not true quartersawn, but thatís understandable, because Iím not truly quartersawing.  However, it is generating  a more highly reflective surface off the medullary rays.  Basically a modified quartersawn curly cherry board with sparkle.

I did maybe 4MBF using this technique in cherry, and this is the first batch out of the kiln.  Iím still playing with it, but so far the method had achieved spectacular results and very flat boards.  It has a distinctly different look than flatsawn boards, and peopleís opinions of the final results may vary.  

Remember this batch, below?  Same technique which again results in a very dramatic pattern, much different than if the boards had been conventionally flatsawn.  These boards came out of the kiln several weeks ago, and they were the flattest poplar boards Iíd ever produced.  Amazingly flat.  We sold the entire pallet, except a few boards, in one weekend.  

By the way, there are some new types of finishes in the market that preserve the colors of these types of wood, and is seeing more widespread use.  Itís not polyurethane.......

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This guitar body was also made with wood sawn using this technique.  Notice the dramatic vertical grain striping and the reflective medullary rays which donít come out real well in the photo. Oh well.  Anyway, Iím trying to optimize this technique for relatively low value wood species that are notoriously prone to not dry flat, or arenít worth the time and effort of true quarter sawing.  We will see how it turns out, Iím still experimenting.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on July 17, 2021, 12:08:24 AM
any further explanation with pics?  or is this for the next group meeting at customsawyers. :)
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on July 17, 2021, 07:16:58 AM
Phenomenal cherry, Robert.  I've appreciated quartersawn cherry for a long time but that is special.

We were supposed to saw several monkey puzzle logs that a customer dropped off a few days ago and a pile of eucalyptus but...when I texted the customer last night to get an idea of what he wanted cut out of the monkey puzzle he started trying to sell me the logs.  I offered less than what he wanted.  He may get an opportunity to come load them back on his truck.  The eucalyptus was coming from a tree guy to be halved with another customer but they won't be delivered until Monday.

We have a good sized water oak that we will quartersaw today and we will likely work our way through some other logs that have been hanging out here for too long (mostly live oak - I guess we wanted them to harden up so they would be challenging).
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: KenMac on July 17, 2021, 01:39:49 PM
Phenomenal cherry, Robert.  I've appreciated quartersawn cherry for a long time but that is special.

We were supposed to saw several monkey puzzle logs that a customer dropped off a few days ago and a pile of eucalyptus but...when I texted the customer last night to get an idea of what he wanted cut out of the monkey puzzle he started trying to sell me the logs.  I offered less than what he wanted.  He may get an opportunity to come load them back on his truck.  The eucalyptus was coming from a tree guy to be halved with another customer but they won't be delivered until Monday.

We have a good sized water oak that we will quartersaw today and we will likely work our way through some other logs that have been hanging out here for too long (mostly live oak - I guess we wanted them to harden up so they would be challenging).
I have recently sawn a few small live oak logs from a storm at Orange Beach, Alabama and can honestly say that it is the hardest wood I've sawn yet. The sawdust is more like saw powder, but cuts flat and actually is less aggravating than pine.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on July 17, 2021, 06:56:02 PM
KenMac, my experience has been that some saws pretty well and other will have you question your mill, your blades and your ability as a sawyer.

We did not get to any of our live oak today.  I guess it will petrify some more.  We did decide to slab all of the water oak that we sawed today instead of quartersawing it.  That was likely a good choice due to the growth rate and the pith in this particular log.

Our blade had a tooth that got knocked out of set but it was sawing flat so we kept using it.  We got 12, 2.5" slabs out of this log and we also sawed a couple of others. 

I put the picture of the beetles making more wood borers for those who appreciate that type of thing.


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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: doc henderson on July 17, 2021, 07:27:52 PM
 :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WDH on July 17, 2021, 09:17:18 PM
Water oak gets a bad rap, but it can be stunningly beautiful.  Just like yourn.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Southside on July 17, 2021, 10:14:23 PM
No pictures but got to saw some @YellowHammer (https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=11488) veneer grade White Oak today for a special project.  I don't get the pleasure of sawing logs like that often, Dang yellow pine.  Even my crew was like "What is this sorcery and why don't we do more of it?"
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Don P on July 17, 2021, 10:30:03 PM
My in laws lived at Orange Beach, well, its been years ago now. I still miss going out and picking breakfast off one of the trees in the yard on the way to the boat to go catch dinner. A body could get used to that  :D.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 18, 2021, 08:54:33 PM
 
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I had these 4 small 7' long Norway spruce left to saw after my last "pooh house" project so I decided to just saw them into boards and any battens I could salvage for stock for future needs. I started yesterday afternoon late and sawed the log on the loading arms and was working on the one behind it. About halfway through the second log an inconsiderate thunderstorm came through and thoroughly soaked me so I went out this afternoon and finished them.

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Total yield 32- 8" wide boards, 10-6" wide boards and 12 - 3" wide battens for about 205 bf. I got them all stacked and stickered under my shed just before dark. This, with what I had left over, will nearly cover 2 more composting toilets. I'll need more framing when the time comes. I may even salvage a few more 2X4s and such out of the top of the tree still left up in the pasture. I'll check that later this week and salvage all I can.

EDIT: I did check the spruce top today and cut 14' more off it and got a whopping 3 more 7' 2X4s and I cut 2 more 4' 2X4s off a short piece laying in the yard (You can see it in the background of the first picture). Not much but will that completely frame in one end or one side of my next composting toilet. I found a feed problem and repaired it by replacing the worn belt which is good it happened today instead of tomorrow morning when my customer brings me his cherry log from 70 miles away for me to saw.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 21, 2021, 01:46:59 PM
 
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 A new customer called a few days ago and brought this beautiful 9' long cherry log by today. It had been cut 7 years and up on dunnage outside so there was some punky sapwood but the heartwood was beautiful!

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He decided he wanted it cut 2" thick and 5.5" wide so I slabbed to solid wood then cut 2" flitches off both sides leaving a 5.5" cant in the middle, rotate it 90* and cut boards. I cut the cant down to 4-1/8" and before making that final cut I stood the flitches up and edged against it. Before I edged the first flitch I shut the mill off and took him over and showed him my live edge benches and told him that was an option and if he wanted some we needed to set a slab or two aside. He liked that option and selected one slab for a possible bench or two in the future. He said he appreciated me stopping and doing that rather than just rushing through the job. Final yield 150 bf with.6 engine hours and that was individually edging the flitches for maximum return rather than a fast gang edging of all at one time. Had a great visit, cut up a very pretty log, got some really nice lumber, made a new friend, got a very good tip and a promise he will be back with his son and wife. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 21, 2021, 07:19:14 PM
It's been too wet for me and my customers but I did finally move to one this morning after asking the customer last night whether it would be dry enough.

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Yup still wet so the truck and sawmill got a tow to the sawing location.  I am sure that we will tow the sawmill out with the tractor rather than the truck.  Wet....wet.  :-X

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Sawmill set up without the operator's seat to saw the four 20' logs first.  Plenty of room for the slabs to the left and the lumber will be stickered off of the back.  I had sawn ~2Mbf of 2X6's when my power feed belt croaked and what I thought was a spare was too long.  I now have two new A-36's so I will be back to sawing tomorrow morning.  Hopefully I can finish this job tomorrow and then catch 2 piddling jobs before Saturday's job.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on July 22, 2021, 12:10:17 AM
I don't cut live edge slabs...


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but I do occasionally forget to cut the last flitch into lumber. :D

Most days it's well over 100įF up there close to the roof, and every so often we have to turn it over because it will cup to the top, though it's pretty much stable now and not moving around much at all. By the end of the year imma call this one done, and put the next big thing in it's place. It'll end up darker than the original green sawn pictures, deep russet brown with yellow/red flashing in the fiddleback.

240" x 50-52" x 3".... make a nice little table for somebody's 22 closest friends. All of whom will be needed to help carry it into the house because dry the thing should weigh about 1100lb
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 22, 2021, 07:17:35 PM
A couple of hours in the morning will finish this job. 

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That is a 26" butt log on the sawmill and two pecker poles and this one will be history.  I haven't done a tally yet but 14 hours of sawing and ~3Mbf+ of framing lumber for the customer's new home.

Those are my 3 tailgunners on the lumber whack and they have done a terrific job. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 23, 2021, 01:27:44 PM
Another "saws um and leaves um" job has been finished and is in my tail lights.  ;D

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Loaded up, hooked up, and ready to leave.  move_it

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And just in time because the slab & sawdust pile had gotten to the sawmill.  :D

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And leaving 3820bf of 2X4's, 2X6's & 2X12's.  Sixteen hours of sawing. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on July 24, 2021, 07:03:18 PM
Looking good MM.

We were sawing dimensional pine 2x6's and 1x6's for a friend and former co-worker this morning when John got his pointer finger smooshed.  He had to go get it stitched, came back and worked the rest of the day, evidently proclaiming he was number 1 or else he had a cartoon finger that felt better if it was held above his heart.  I finished up the pine job and actually bought my very first logs from a guy who dropped off some Monkey Puzzle for us to saw last week.  

It turned out nice and we ended up with 19, 2 1/2" slabs and five 1 5/8" slabs.  

Another customer dropped off some eucalyptus and cedar that we will saw on halves sometime soon.  The eucalyptus is something we've not sawn before, it is checking a lot, and may present a challenge.  I'll get the customer over here sometime soon and we'll figure out how to saw it.

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John is standing by the eucalyptus for scale.  This was before he smooshed his finger, got it stitched and the metal thing wrapped with coflex.  
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: longtime lurker on July 24, 2021, 08:16:53 PM
Which eucalyptus is it? There's about 600 species with a lot of variation in characteristics between them. But Ive been cutting eucalypts of one kind or another for a long time
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: caveman on July 24, 2021, 08:47:13 PM
The only one that I have eliminated is rainbow eucalyptus.  We've been sawing for a while on a part time basis and have never cut any of this.  If nothing else, it will be a learning experience.  The customer want live edged slabs and I intended to saw them at 2 1/2" thick to leave enough room for flattening them if they misbehave while giving up their moisture.
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Magicman on July 24, 2021, 10:21:12 PM
I put another one in my taillights today. 

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I started with this 43" Willow Oak.

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Does this butt make my butt look small?  It took over 2 hours to saw this one.  It had to be scooted over to clear the blade guide arm plus it took both the claw and log clamp working together to turn it.

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My customers were pleased with these bookmatched one live edge slabs.  This was only a 744bf job so "minimum" of 1Mbf billed. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: Larry on July 28, 2021, 08:41:14 PM
Who wants to spend a hot summer day in an air conditioned house when they can be sawing walnut all day?  And tomorrow and the next day! :)

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Title: Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
Post by: WV Sawmiller on July 28, 2021, 08:59:08 PM
Larry,

 I know you had better luck than I did with walnut. I had a customer I met at the flea market last weekend call and wanted to bring me a couple of walnut logs. His timing was perfect, the sun was just getting behind the mountain so I told him come on over. He pulled up in a Suburban towing a utility trailer an hour later. I had everything waiting for him so he pulled in and he showed me a wire in one he said he could not get out. I looked and pointed out a second one 2 feet further down. I tried with drill, chisel and chainsaw but could not find an end so we cut 3' off. I should have cut off the other 7'. I sawed the first log them the butt log got a couple of 2" flitches then hit a nail, then another and when I turned it on edge and tried to edge it off I hit 2 more. One looked like a 4 gauge wire running completely through the log. I got about 95 bf finished 8/4 lumber and tore up 3 blades trying to cut the rest. The customer was a real nice guy and I felt guilt but I had warned him and he understood and readily paid even though 3/4 of his cost were blades. I wish we could have gotten more useable wood but you cut what the log will provide.

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7' butt log on the mill. 3' already cut off at upper right of the picture. Boards from first log on the trailer and customer talking to my wife. Both are retired teachers so plenty in common to talk about. About 2/3 of this butt log was scrapped by the time we gave up on it.

  This tree came from along the banks of the Greenbrier River at his campground and evidently campers had been using it for clotheslines and hanging lanterns on and such for many years.

   While my wife and customer were standing there talking a doe and fawn walked out of the woods and across the pasture 40-50 yards above us. That is typical around here.
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