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Poll

What to saw first?

20" American Elm
6 (26.1%)
12" Sassafras
5 (21.7%)
17" Pin Oak
5 (21.7%)
12" Black Locust
7 (30.4%)

Total Members Voted: 23

Voting closed: Yesterday at 08:21:28 pm

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new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:21:28 pm »
Hi Everyone,
My Junior Peterson mill is on it's way from Left Coast and should arrive within a week or so. I've only sawed a few logs with my Alaskan mini mill so not much experience at all (none with a swingblade). I thought I would have the FF decide what to mill first. So here's what I have so far, all around 8' in length. I have no idea if this wood will be usable but it will be fun trying. So please make a vote, and any comments or suggestions would be appreciated too. I'll post pics of the 'winners' results, unless they are too embarrassing :laugh:
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 08:34:15 pm »
I would use the log you care about the least and go from there! Good luck.
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 08:35:09 pm »
 Start with the one that's least valuable, make your mistakes there.

Add:  looks like consensus to me
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 08:56:07 pm »
Find one full of nails and get that experience out of the way right up front.   ;D
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 09:10:45 pm »
 And I believe he works for a retipping service  smiley_sun
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2017, 09:21:07 pm »
The pin oak was a roadside and has a stain so that would be a good nail candidate. The elm is a roadside too.

MbfVA - I see you have the JP's big brother, I've been following your other threads. I hope all is going well.

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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 01:23:58 pm »
I voted for the locust only because it's one of the smaller logs.  Start small and work your way up.  But what do I know, I have only gone through about 10 logs so far myself.   I started out with the smallest.   The big ones are heavy, so they have more opportunity to hurt you if they do something unexpected.
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2017, 05:53:27 pm »
Doesn't really matter so long as it's not the log clamp!  :D

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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2017, 08:09:11 am »
The straightest one you have and make stacking sticks out of it .
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 08:19:04 am »
Saw them all, makes no difference which one you start on. Get er done 8) 8)

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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 04:02:28 pm »
I said the 17" oak.  give yourself some width to dial in your mill adjustment settings.  I was going to tell you to go get a 28" dried out Christmas tree spruce log but then I backed off, that's bandsaw humor.  Good luck with it.
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 09:23:19 pm »
I voted for the black locust because of the end use, usually you shove locust into the ground after you saw it or use it for deck boards or whatever industrial application so it don't quite matter it its a little messed up
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2017, 12:22:55 am »
I voted for the sassafras on account of because it's the one I'd most like to see and smell. No such tree in these parts. No oak, pin or otherwise here either.
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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2017, 09:37:18 am »
Thanks for the comments/suggestions everyone.

If the wood is usable, here are my initial thoughts

elm - workbench tabletop
locust - raised garden bed
sassafras - outdoor chair/table
oak - ?

Darrel - we have a bunch of sassafras around us, we use the saplings to make root beer. Still working on the recipe but pretty good stuff  smiley_beertoast

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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2017, 10:37:06 am »
Bought my mill a couple years ago. I used a couple boards that came off my mill this weekend that were some of the first boards I sawed. ;D

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Re: new sawmill incoming, what to saw first (poll)
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2017, 10:27:56 am »
Black locust - you need something to put down on the ground to stack your other lumber on.
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