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I have been dissatisfied with the quality of the lumber I have milled with the chainsaw mill I have been using for over a year now, so in May I decided to pull the trigger on a better piece of equipment. Last week it finally arrived, 3 weeks early! From now on , the tool will not be the weak link, One of my good friends needed some lumber to build a new cider press. he needed 6 4x4, 1 4x6 and some 2x4. We used maple since I had a tree that needed to come down anyhow. We also got 10 1 inch by assorted width (12 to 16 inches ) boards. That was out of ONE 6 foot log!
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And if you gave me two identical pieces of that wood and put an identical mark on those two pieces and told me to cut on the line.

You would get 4 pieces of wood that are about a half inch different in lengths. It is one of my super powers.
 
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That is a serious lumber mill you’re setting up there, T0G. (y)
 

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And if you gave me two identical pieces of that wood and put an identical mark on those two pieces and told me to cut on the line.

You would get 4 pieces of wood that are about a half inch different in lengths. It is one of my super powers.
yeah, I am technical, maintenance and grunt labor, my wife points to the index mark and that is where I set the saw and cut. I am dumb labor. (that way mistakes are not my fault)
 

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I heard about the skyrocketing lumber price. Maybe this can be a side business (if not already) for good supplemental income...
 

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I heard about the skyrocketing lumber price. Maybe this can be a side business (if not already) for good supplemental income...
I have a log on the ground now, I actually had to have someone come in and take it down, parts had hit my house twice already. The log is 24 inches in diameter at the bas, and 23 feet long. The branches have been split and stacked for firewood already and they were ALL curly maple, The hinge cut at the stump end is too, so I assume everything in-between is as well. If so, that tree is worth more than the mill cost me, I can't wait to get into it BUT I have to wait until the ground is frozen to get it out of where it is.
 
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Wood you let us know if you find any ingrained curious creatures? To not do so wood be plane rude.
 

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Nice setup. Does the wood have to be below a certain moisture content before you build with it?
 

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Wood you let us know if you find any ingrained curious creatures? To not do so wood be plane rude.
you know I wheel!
 

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Nice setup. Does the wood have to be below a certain moisture content before you build with it?
it depends what you are doing with it, The pioneers did not have the luxury of waiting until the wood dried.... post and beam, green logs and dry pegs...the wood shrinks around the fasteners, makes a strong joint. All green, it just ends up smaller?
 
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it depends what you are doing with it, The pioneers did not have the luxury of waiting until the wood dried.... post and beam, green logs and dry pegs...the wood shrinks around the fasteners, makes a strong joint. All green, it just ends up smaller?
Definitely have a point.
 

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Wow--that looks like fun!

I'd love to get my hands on a nice stack of maple--not that I have any immediate use for it.
 

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I have a log on the ground now, I actually had to have someone come in and take it down, BUT I have to wait until the ground is frozen to get it out of where it is.
That’s what, in a few weeks where you are?
 

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That’s what, in a few weeks where you are?
Wisconsin..... So maybe in a few weeks, ground has to be frozen pretty hard to support the bobcat with 1000 pounds of log
 

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Solar kiln might be a project for you in the future. Free drying in a couple of weeks.

My buddy is getting a mill in the near future. We were hauling logs to the Amish mill before.
 

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As it turns out, I do not have a good, sunny spot for the solar kiln, however, my good friend does. (the guy building the cider press)
 
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