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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2017, 11:25:07 pm »

 

  Post oak bark doesn't look like the pic.    Steve

Looks exactly like Post oak bark around here, butt cut too. Sometimes the Post's here have a more platey bark, but not always.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2017, 05:05:42 am »

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        Nothing like the bark  in the pic plus way too much sapwood for any oak                              Steve
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2017, 05:25:58 am »
I can't see any rays in the picture and Oregon is a long way from it's native range.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2017, 09:11:52 am »
Nice log! It will be interesting to see that thing opened up.

I never saw much ash when I was out there but everything about that trees looks like the native Garry oak (Quercus garryana) that grows out there.

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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2017, 10:07:42 am »
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2017, 10:18:55 am »
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2017, 11:00:40 am »
On longer logs I like to use large nails and run a board across them for my first cut.  I spike a nail in on one end and measure to the center of the log, go to the opposite end of the log and spike a nail in till the head is the same distance away from the center of the log as the first.  Next a run a between the two nails and spike a nail in every 2ish feet and make the nail level with the string. Lastly, I just us a level to add the second row of nails about 6-8 inches beside the first row. Ive gotten where I can do this in just a couple of minutes and I dont have to worry about adding shims to keep the middle of a ladder from bowing.



 

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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2017, 06:43:08 pm »
Don't know about Oregon trees, but if it were here it would be post oak.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #28 on: February 04, 2017, 07:02:43 pm »
No post oak in Oregon unless it's an illegal immigrant.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2017, 08:25:30 pm »
No post oak in Oregon unless it's an illegal immigrant.
Got me then don't know what it is. Outside my range.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2017, 08:57:48 pm »
Lots of white oaks, regardless of specific group, nice log very solid, could not help to notice the last bit of hold wood, and wedge witness marks, 
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #31 on: February 05, 2017, 12:50:03 am »
I just ordered the MS880 and a 59" bar, granberg mill, and anchor seal.  Would having someone spray the end of the bar with water from a weed sprayer help keep the bar cool?



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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2017, 05:11:58 am »
 Sure is going to make some nice white ash slabs
   
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2017, 06:23:36 am »
for sure that's a ash and a nice one.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2017, 07:02:34 am »
Leave an iron nail or basic 12d common nail lying on the bare wood with some internal moisture present, if the wood stains black around the nail soon after, its some type of Oak, if it doesnt, its Ash.  At least thats what works here in Ct, who knows, maybe your northwestern ash have more tanins or acids in them.  I cant let the tines on my skid steer touch the oak for even a second before it stains it.
    No matter what it is, its going to be a great looking board coming out the end of the process.  The cooler the blade can be and the more help removing chips from the gullets, the smoother its going to cut for you, so yes, it would help having some sort of spray system going.  I would think on a log that large, youre going to want a second person on the dead end of the mill to help get it through the log smoothly unless you have some sort of cranking system with your mill to help drag it down the length.  Good luck with it!
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2017, 09:13:11 am »
I've got to say the last most recent photo in my mind shows a different angle and view of the bark,  if these folks say its ash, I would be inclined to believe them, I've never seen an ash, I've seen some finished boarded, and to me, it resembles oak, its pretty, no doubt those slabs will be,
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2017, 09:59:45 am »
Oak that tall and straight anywhere in the west just doesn't happen. Besides, it does look like ash.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2017, 01:22:04 am »
Looks interesting I am just across the river from you in WA if you need a hand sawing it up I could give you a hand. I am 56 years young and have no experience milling but I have ran a few saws. I would be interested in learning how to slab out a big log. Send me a PM and I will give you my contact info if you are interested in a helping hand.

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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2017, 12:26:31 pm »
Get or rig up a supplemental oiler for the bar.  You'll need a valve to control the flow.  That is probably Oregon white oak - a beautiful wood but a long time drying and HEAVY wet or dry. A 2" slab will need a gang of people or a piece of machinery - field looks pretty wet now - maybe sticker and cover on site (above the rain splash) and move later when things dry out.  A ladder and plumbers tape with wedges works well. A little fiddling to get straight and level but it is a fairly quick setup.
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Re: 40" oak tree to chain saw mill into table tops
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2017, 12:31:10 pm »
Yeah Jeff so the picture thing is a bit of a challenge if you don't do it much.  It works but is not very intuitive.  I've been on other forums where it takes about 15 seconds never having done it before.  In any case thanks for the opportunity and I understand if it has to be a certain way for whatever reason.