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don't do that, just give it to me, so i can upgrade my logosol F2+ lol.
it will take him 10 years before he gets the shed built
his wife said she needed to get help when they was having kids because he was so slow
 

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i haven’t had time to mill anything. my wife got a travel trailer from her parents that has some water damage that is now on the top of her honey dew list.
it was a project just getting it into the shop.
 

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i haven’t had time to mill anything. my wife got a travel trailer from her parents that has some water damage that is now on the top of her honey dew list.
it was a project just getting it into the shop.

Just leave it in the shop. The rain won't be a problem there. :)
 

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i cut some oak for my grandfather in law. his hobby is wood working and makes each one of my kids a bedroom set and dressers. he made
my wife’s when she was a kid too.

i will have have four sets when he finishes my youngests lol.

i and looking forward to being able to contribute at least some wood

oaks seems to want to split more along the whole pcs then just the end like other woods…. but then again i think i had it drying in direct heat.
 

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this log has less rot around it then other oak logs i have milled. is that because it might be more heart wood or just a specific species of oak?
 
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Been doing other stuff......anybody else sawing lumber or building anything of late?
 

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I'm just about sworn off of chainsaw milling. In the future if I run across projects like this I'm going to talk to my buddy with a bandsaw mill and see if I can steal it for a bit. It took me and a neighbor 2.5 full days to mill 15 11' x 14" x 5" beams with a 660 and an alaskan mill. I've still got sawdust in my boots and can hear the 660 roaring at wot. Not all the beams are in the pic, and I still need to trim the 3 front guys. I milled them then was reminded that squaring 3 sides of a log is easier than edging 3 slabs.
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What do I need those beams for, you ask? Planter boxes, powers that be requested 4x8 (3' long end boards and 8' long side boards) made out of 4-6" wide slabs 14-18" tall. The log sizes dictated the actual dimensions, at 18" wide I'd get 1 beam per log. As it was I averaged 3 beams per log, although a beast that was a good 1000lb+ yielded 4 and almost was good for 5. Things got hairy trying to move it with peaveys, it was off centered and even with two guys fighting it and 3 sides squared off it still took us along for the ride when it started moving.
 

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What do I need those beams for, you ask? Planter boxes, powers that be requested 4x8 (3' long end boards and 8' long side boards) made out of 4-6" wide slabs 14-18" tall. The log sizes dictated the actual dimensions, at 18" wide I'd get 1 beam per log. As it was I averaged 3 beams per log, although a beast that was a good 1000lb+ yielded 4 and almost was good for 5. Things got hairy trying to move it with peaveys, it was off centered and even with two guys fighting it and 3 sides squared off it still took us along for the ride when it started moving.
i think if you left those slabs alone with the live edge they would be some nice
looking heavy duty planter boxes lol
 
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does oak dry different?
it seems to split in the middle of the whole pcs of wood.
soft wood i milled just seems to split at the ends.
leave the ok ends unpainted maybe?
 
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oaks seems to want to split more along the whole pcs then just the end like other woods…. but then again i think i had it drying in direct heat.
What kind of oak is it? Those are fairly wide boards (at least they look like it compared to their width), so they may have some quartersawn segments in them. If so, that will greatly increase the risk of cracking.
 

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does oak dry different?
it seems to split in the middle of the whole pcs of wood.
soft wood i milled just seems to split at the ends.
leave the ok ends unpainted maybe?
Hardwood is much more difficult to get dry without lots of degradation as opposed to softwood.....especially wider slabs, and more so as you get closer to the center of the log.....sometimes slabs cut near the heart will split completely in two.
 
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that makes sense i think these slabs are mostly heart wood
 
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What kind of oak is it? Those are fairly wide boards (at least they look like it compared to their width), so they may have some quartersawn segments in them. If so, that will greatly increase the risk of cracking.
i think they are in the white oak family. not 100% sure. but they lack the red hue when wet and the smoother bark of a red oak.
 

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I'm just about sworn off of chainsaw milling. In the future if I run across projects like this I'm going to talk to my buddy with a bandsaw mill and see if I can steal it for a bit. It took me and a neighbor 2.5 full days to mill 15 11' x 14" x 5" beams with a 660 and an alaskan mill. I've still got sawdust in my boots and can hear the 660 roaring at wot. Not all the beams are in the pic, and I still need to trim the 3 front guys. I milled them then was reminded that squaring 3 sides of a log is easier than edging 3 slabs.
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They turned out nice. I been there too....compared to a bandsaw mill an Alaskan mill is excruciatingly slow.
 
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My dad got an Alaskan mill when I was about 7 and used it on part of one oak log before he gave up. We now have a bandmill (Norwood HD36v2) that we are very happy with. Absolute night and day difference in performance (and price too, unfortunately).
 
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