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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #700 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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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #701 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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« Reply #702 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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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #703 on: May 09, 2021, 09:59:00 PM »
Spent the day milling some pine old girl did ok 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #704 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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« Reply #705 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.

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« Reply #706 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.
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« Reply #707 on: May 11, 2021, 09:31:26 AM »
 
      

 



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

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« Reply #708 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.
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« Reply #709 on: May 11, 2021, 07:23:03 PM »
And some Paulownia this afternoon. Sharp chain cuts like butter.



 

 

 

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« Reply #710 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.
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« Reply #711 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.  
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« Reply #712 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.

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« Reply #713 on: May 12, 2021, 09:09:50 AM »
@tule peak timber 

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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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.

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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.

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« Reply #714 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.  

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« Reply #715 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. 
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« Reply #716 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. 


Got one clean slab than on the next cut hit wire in two locations opposite of the stain on the butt.


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
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« Reply #717 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.
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« Reply #718 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.

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #719 on: May 12, 2021, 08:41:06 PM »
Sawed some white oak trailer decking this afternoon. 

 

 

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