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Wilhelm

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I am going to try milling for the first time on this cherry trunk.
How do I determine/set the first cut?
Equally from the center of the trunk?

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Wilhelm, do you have a ladder you could use? it works very well for a straight edge for the first cut.

Once I've removed the screws and ladder off that 1/4 round slab end, ill put it up on saw horses and I'll try to mill a one inch thick board off it. Or leave it one-sided and I'll save them for stair treads Or shelves. Don't get too caught up about how much material you remove on that first cut. It can be cut again or used for something decorative.
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Wilhelm, do you have a ladder you could use? it works very well for a straight edge for the first cut.

Once I've removed the screws and ladder off that 1/4 round slab end, ill put it up on saw horses and I'll try to mill a one inch thick board off it. Or leave it one-sided and I'll save them for stair treads Or shelves. Don't get too caught up about how much material you remove on that first cut. It can be cut again or used for something decorative.
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Yes, I have a long aluminum ladder similar to Yours! :thumbsup:

Though is my assumption regarding setting the first cut correct? :thinking:
 

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Hmm, looks like I could make boards that are not smooth but quite functional with stuff I already have laying around, don't even need a mill.
 

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Yes, you try to set the ladder level, to the pith ( centre of the log)

Well from what I remember, that’s what will malloff says in his book

I think I still have copy of his book (from when it was free on the web, old & out of print). But now ( a while ago) it was taken down from those places 🤔. Did someone reprint it ?…

Edit. It works for most logs “pith to pith” but there has been a few (very few) it would have ment a lot of wasted wood so I just milled it to the apparent centre where the pith was way off to the side
 

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Get it soon if you want it . 38mb chainsaw lumbermaking by will. I got it in 2016 (yes 8yrs ago) time flys 🙄

 

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Wilhelm, It's up to you where your first cut goes. I've never cared too much, that my cuts were exactly parallel to the center of the log. The logs I cut have very little taper, so I'm not dealing with any grain-runout.
 
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