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06-05-2008 04:47 AM

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HI, everybody my nickname is cutfoot, i’m located in Central Iowa and I acquired a 1600 Timber King in March (2008). I’m new to the whole experience of milling logs etc but have been cutting wood for fuel and occasional wood working projects for over 40 years. I’ve sawn 10 or so logs, mostly Locust and Black Cherry, just trying to figure out how to run the saw (which I’m in love with) without damaging it or me!

I’m wanting to learn all aspects of milling and starting out I’m wanting to know when it’s ok to saw logs into lumber, beams or timbers? I’ve accumulated a umber of Black Walnut logs along with White Oak, Cherry, Hickory and Ash. I have no idea about how soon after cutting each species to mill. I had a gentlemen who has been a sawyer for 50 years tell me not to cut Walnut until the bark flakes natrually, which is generally 18-30 months here. He say’s that “Tanin” in the walnut will keep the lumber from darkening properly if it’s cut too soon. I’ve cut some small walnut logs and have seen what he is talking about and after a couple of months the boards or timbers do not look as good as they should.

Long story short, I need educated in all saw milling principles, techniques and operations. I’m eager to learn and am always ready to fire up the mill !!!!

-- eager to learn

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 05:19 AM

Welcome to the site. There are a number of folks who mill lumber and will be able to offer advise. Hopefully they will pick up on the post.

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 12:11 PM

Logs should never lay any longer than absolutely necessary, the sooner they are milled after felling the better. (unless you are trying to achieve spalting) Any other advice is just wife’s tale. Not that some species will degrade fast enough to hurt them much, especially the hardwoods you mentioned like walnut/cherry they are pretty decay resistant…but the bugs like them when they are wet and laying. Seal the ends of the logs with a product like to save yourself problems with end check. Once saw out what seem like small cracks can run several inches up each end of the board as they dry.

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