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Sawmill time!

Postby SONNY » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:30 pm

got several logs cut and edged today!--took time to get a few pix.!! lol!!!
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:32 pm

What's the wood, and what will you do with it?
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby SONNY » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:46 pm

In the pix., is cherry and maple.---back in the logpile there is some walnut and hackberry.----Would love to get some red cedar, but none around here!
After it ages I make odds and ends with it.--a few tables, benches, wood locks and chains, all size boxes, vegetable storage boxes. --mostly just small things.
I have a couple hedge trees over at the farm that I want to get.---Its a challenge to cut, but I have done it in the past,----very beautiful wood after it seasons up and is finished ! thanks; sonny
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby Eugene » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:43 pm

SONNY wrote:Would love to get some red cedar, but none around here!
Weed tree in the Midwest. Not worth much, perhaps $90 a cord if it meets the mills specifications, delivered to the saw or chipper mills in Missouri. Most is chipped into livestock bedding. Some sent to the Orient.

I have eastern rde cedar, girdle to kill, cut into fire wood, stack the limbs into piles for the rabbits.

Had a young neighbor who wanted to pick up some extra cash. Gave him permission to cut cedars, but told him how I wanted the tree stumps cut and limbs piled. Didn't happen. End of the arraignment.
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby Eugene » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:29 pm

SONNY wrote:II have a couple hedge trees over at the farm that I want to get.---Its a challenge to cut.
Grandfather had hedge/osage orange on the property that was used for fence posts.

What I recall is that once cut and dried a bit the hedge fence posts were so hard that it almost wouldn't take a staple.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby SONNY » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:34 pm

Gotta cut hedge fresh for lumber, then let it cure.--Can't let it get hard before cutting.--I used to use hedge posts, back when I could handle them, Now it's 6' steel posts!
I have to handle the logs with the skid loader, but it still goes fast.
Still looking for a few cedar logs, don't know how far I might have to go for them. thanks; sonny
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby dgrapes59 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:26 pm

That hedge is some tough wood, one of the hottest BTU output hardwoods! Before we started building our house we had about 15 good size hedge apple trees removed. The guy used a Kubota mini excavator, took out stumps and all. I had him pile them in a ditch out of the way. I intended to cut it up for firewood. Well, as I cleared fence rows and trash trees around the place I piled it on the tree pile, a couple years worth, compacting with the neighbors JD tractor w/front end loader. I did manage to get about a cord of wood, but most was buried. The pile is where we hope to put a pond, so, with most of the clean up done, it was time to burn it! So, Sunday morning I lit it up! The pile was about 50' X 30' and the bulk was burned in about 5 hours. It took about 3 days for the bigger hedge, mostly stumps, to burn up (couple were about 2' diameter).
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby Eugene » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:08 pm

Sonny:

Eastern Red Cedar is fairly common to the eastern portion of the USA. I think that if you talk to a few local loggers they can point you to a few trees.

If you come out to central Missouri, there is a local log/saw mill that must have several thousand, maybe 100s of Ks, stacked, unmilled cedars on the property.
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby dgrapes59 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:45 pm

I got a little hyper when I saw the hedge apple wood mentioned, totally forgot what I initially was going to post.. that sawmill operation is really neat! I admire the effort you have put into starting with a log and creating things with it. :hattip:

Thanks for sharing,
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby Eugene » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:53 pm

In this part of Missouri, I live in the transition zone between lowland and upland trees. I have oaks, hickory, black walnut, sycamore, and locusts on the acreage. Trees on the stump are not worth much. They are more valuable as firewood.

Many times I have thought about purchasing a saw mill, but at local farm auctions, I frequently find piles of milled hard wood.
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby SONNY » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:57 pm

I like to try different woods because of color and grain.--I use clear poly. ( some projects get linseed oil, hand rubbed, several coats) as the finish on my projects so the natural color and grain can be seen.
You have to experiment with finishes to see what you like best.---Also put different woods into 1 board, then plane down and you really have a neat board.
I like the hedge because of the rich orange color that it makes after curing.
It takes a lot of time $$, and work, but is satisfying when you complete some projects, wheather for your use or as gifts to others. Some people like getting little homemade things, others don't!! lol!!!
I still enjoy doing it! thanks; sonny
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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby v w » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:21 am

I would not call hackberry a beautiful wood. No real character or color except a few gray streaks near the stump. The only lumber I have used that can cup twist and bend all at the same time. Plus it chips easily in the planer. I make and sell at craft shows boxes made with 20 different woods (all local types) so I do keep it around. I agree that the use of several kinds of wood makes for a good looking product. I also like working with wood that has spalted. Currently have spalted sugar maple from two logs from the neighbors back yard. Some getting a little shakey and would have to plasticize to use. I like using it with walnut trim. I also like red cedar in boxes but have to buy it. #1 common rough cut and kiln dried cedar is $3 board foot as is cherry, red oak, white oak. Spalted maple not graded $6. Have fun woodworking. Vern

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Re: Sawmill time!

Postby SONNY » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:55 pm

I have spalted wood too!--Didn't intend to, but time got ahead of me!!! LOL!!! thanks; sonny
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