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Author Topic: Whatcha Sawin' ???  (Read 768225 times)

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Offline drobertson

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7440 on: October 11, 2017, 06:00:58 pm »
I've always wanted to do that double trunk cut, man that looks cool,, wish I still had my mill,,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7441 on: October 12, 2017, 08:03:29 am »
I would like to see the end results.  ;D
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7442 on: October 12, 2017, 10:06:42 am »
I would like to see the end results.  ;D

We'll see what happens and keep y'all posted.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7443 on: October 13, 2017, 11:59:07 am »
Sawed up some oak lap siding for my shack. First time sawing with my saw under cover. ;D

 

 

They are 18" across.

For those that don't know how and have a manual mill, one just uses these 1" sticker sticks. ;D

 

 

Another note. Saw down to about 2" from the pith. Don't go anymore or your lap siding will split bad. Flip the cant and saw down that side.

 

 

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7444 on: October 13, 2017, 06:04:35 pm »
That looks really good Paul.   ;)

My last saw job for this month was scheduled for today.  It was 71 miles for me but my customers came from Arlington and Austin TX. :o  I had previously gone by and looked at the "logs" and knew what I was in for.   :o
 

 
Lightning struck and brought the top out of this old Cherrybark Oak.  The DBH was 6'.
 

 
The "logs".  One 14' and the other 6'
 

 
The "pretty" side!!
 

 
The Logrites are lined up like soldiers and ready for action.
 

 
Of course these were nothing but limbs, so the pith was exactly where it was supposed to be.
 

 
I jump butted the 14' log back to 9' and sawed 1" and 2" both live edge and 18" squared.
 

 
Next was the 5' jumped butt.  It was nothing but misery not fitting anywhere nor wanting to be turned nor clamped.
 

 
Yup, it was bad but it lost the battle.
 

 
I had to use my only non-Logrite tool to stretch between the side supports.  Thankfully that is steel tubing instead of pipe or it would have bent.
 

 
The 6' section managed very well.
 

 
There were a few live edged slabs.
 

 
Plus the trailer loaded for a trip to Austin, TX.  He asked if I would be interested in making a sawing trip to Austin sawing White Oak and Cedar??   :o   ???   Oh yes, this was sawed hourly rate plus I got a $50 tip.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7445 on: October 13, 2017, 08:17:45 pm »
Looks like a dog's breakfast (Australian Old Saying  ;D).
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7446 on: October 13, 2017, 08:25:32 pm »
Yup, and the point being that taking on the unthinkable put a few extra jingles in my pocket.  If a customer wants it sawn, I'll saw it.  ;D
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7447 on: October 13, 2017, 08:41:19 pm »
MM,

   I want to be just like you when I grow up. :D

   I sawed one small Norway Spruce log for a whopping 37 bf while waiting for a customer - really just needed a 3" X 8" X 8' section for a friend to cut in half for a base for a short stairway safety rail. I tried a 6X8 out of poplar but it was too heavy and it cracked. I know the spruce will be lighter and hopefully less likely to split. 

   My customer did show up, looked at what i had and he bought a little walnut and a couple of ash 6" X 6" X 24" crib blocks he wanted to try for bowl turning. I cut off and threw in 15" section of about a 9" 4 way crotch off a small walnut log that he was interested in. I'd likely have ended up cutting it and throwing it in the scrap pile anyway and this way at least i got some good PR. They are trying to set up a wood turners club and looking for sources. I told him to check out the FF for more ideas.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7448 on: October 13, 2017, 10:34:41 pm »
Lynn that looks like y'all put lipstick on a pig. You never said what they gonna use the boards for. Must be some sentimental value in those logs judging by the travel and orange spray paint on them

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7449 on: October 13, 2017, 11:31:46 pm »
MM, it's obvious that you take your signature line seriously.  Your "desire" to provide quality has really paid off.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7450 on: October 14, 2017, 04:33:42 am »
That's about as ugly as the last tree I sawed.  :D

But with the swingblade you don't have to load and roll the log. Last log was about 6 ft long, and had to trim the crotch back to 36" wide. Tractor couldn't lift it on the forks, but I was able to drag it with a chain, then lift each end with the chain and slide some makeshift bunks under it. It weighed at lease a ton, so once it's wedged in place, clamps aren't needed, it's not going any place. Once I'd got through some bark inclusions I could pull some short but very nice quarter sawn 6x1s out of it.

Not pretty, and a HEAP of firewood in the tops.


Got it down where I wanted it, but as I expected it's still 5 ft off the ground.  ::)



Not so bad as I could cut away all the top limbs safely and leave a "tripod", then hook a chain from the tractor and flip it over.



Lil gets in some selfie time while I work out how I'm going to set up the #2 log, that the tractor could lift.



Opening up the butt log, you can see the bark inclusions, but they soon ran out.



Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.  ;D

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7451 on: October 14, 2017, 05:59:34 am »
I was wrestling with one of those gnarly crotch logs (big black oak) last week. Fell off the back of the mill once, another time it dropped down in between the supports, broke 2 blades, one which got pinches and took me an hour to get out.

Finally had enough: put it on my burn pile (which was going) and sipped a bourbon on the rocks while I watched the fire direct it's evil soul straight to Hell...where it belonged!   :D
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« Reply #7452 on: October 14, 2017, 07:53:36 am »
Looks like you met the challenge quite well Ian, and got-r-done. 

You never said what they gonna use the boards for. Must be some sentimental value in those logs judging by the travel and orange spray paint on them. 
Actually he never said and I did not ask.  I did help him look and made suggestions regarding different thicknesses as we progressed through the logs/cants.  The tree was in the "In laws" front yard so there was sentimental value, but "availability" also played a part.  Arlington and Austin, TX won't have many Red Oak trees that large that are available for sawing.

As a side note, I did a "Pro Sawyers Network Sawmill Demo" for the Austin guy.  If he buys a sawmill it will knock me out of a 575 mile road trip, but at least I would get the Demo credit.   ;D
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« Reply #7453 on: October 14, 2017, 10:03:19 am »
Lynn, it looks like you really worked for your money on those logs. ;D

You have a safe trip out west. Going to be cold there.

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« Reply #7454 on: October 14, 2017, 02:49:54 pm »
Milled up some spalted white birch slabs and boards today :)
And some nice hard maple slabs :)
They look better than the pics came out

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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« Reply #7455 on: October 14, 2017, 04:11:04 pm »
Today, I was delivering. I have been for some time cutting up some 2x6 fence rail stock for this customer.
Here is a picture from a while ago when I cut some of his logs:

 

 

I just got back from hauling three trailer loads of rails to his yard. On the second and third load were some 1x4's that came out of his logs also.

He told me he didn't want the 1x4's and I told him to sell them as they were his lumber.

I suggested he list them for sale or free on Craig's list.
He said that they were more trouble than they are worth.

I told him that I wouldn't bring him any more. He told me to saw them out if they come out of the log and sell them and keep the money.

I guess I will.
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« Reply #7456 on: October 14, 2017, 06:05:08 pm »
I have found that it is easier and more economical for me to saw the cut list.  For example, if the cut list is for only 2X6's and say the opening and second cut could make a 1X4 or a 2X4, I only have to drop the opening face cut " to " inch to get the 2X6 and now I have not sawn something that was not on the customer's cut list.  Remember too that I only saw customer's logs and I do not sell lumber.

For example this customer wanted only 2X6's:
 

 
And he had twelve 16' SYP logs
 

 
When I finished he had nothing but 298 2X6's.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Reply #7457 on: October 14, 2017, 07:38:16 pm »
I do not sell lumber.

Oh yes you do.  In a way  :D.
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« Reply #7458 on: October 14, 2017, 07:42:00 pm »
But dat's different....in a way.   :D
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« Reply #7459 on: October 14, 2017, 08:39:18 pm »
I have found that it is easier and more economical for me to saw the cut list.  For example, if the cut list is for only 2X6's and say the opening and second cut could make a 1X4 or a 2X4, I only have to drop the opening face cut " to " inch to get the 2X6 and now I have not sawn something that was not on the customer's cut list.  Remember too that I only saw customer's logs and I do not sell lumber.

For example this customer wanted only 2X6's:
 

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And he had twelve 16' SYP logs
 

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When I finished he had nothing but 298 2X6's.
Just for reference, what was the DSE on those logs?  Just trying to guess how much I'm going to get out of my 22 logs that range from 16" to 24" DSE without having to do the calcs with the tool box.
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