This week in urban logging #14: Plenty of urban logging, just not much blogging

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 05-04-2010 04:11 PM 8090 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I decided to fix that with a few pictures of what I have been up to.

Last weeks load. The pines I am cutting for the guy who dropped off the hardwood in exchange. I saw his logs into framing for his deer cabin and I keep the walnut (many)-catalpa-birch-elm…for myself.

One of the catalpa is, well, LARGE. 50” x 8’

I picked the “ugliest” catalpa out first. I love ugly logs. I sawed out some live edge slabs for benches. 2” thick ~24” wide and ~6’ long.

I got this interesting log from another guy. I had been watching it standing on a lot I knew they were going to develop for over a year.

Do you see what I see ?

Yep, curly maple.

I shot a scrap through the planer fresh sawn…not bad.

Decent stack in a boule to bookmatch later.

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 05:06 PM

Looks fun..

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 05:13 PM

Oh I do love curly maple, I don’t get much maple around here. I did cut up one the other day but it was nothing to brag about well except for the two nails but I didn’t brag about them!!!

That maple will make great stock for some future product.

Great Job

I have cut some catalpa for woodcarvers it has a real strange smell but is great to carve second only to Butternut for western figures.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 05:16 PM

...oh I got a nail too…

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 05:18 PM

quite amazing, these are beautiful slabs. wish I lived any closer lol.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 05:44 PM

Nice looking Maple.I found something in a log the I bet you guys have not hit with your mills. I was sawing up one of my Walnut logs and about 3” below the bark I hit something. At first I throught it was a large nail but when I chiseled around it, it was cement about 5 ’ from the bottom of the log. and the bad thing about it is I also hit it on one other side also. It looks like it might be filling a void in the log. So now I am trying to figure out how to get the most from the log and work around the cement. I think I will cut boards from the two sides that I have slabs off down to where it is then turn the log and do the same thing on the other side. Then block off the end with the cement in and then finish cutting. The boards will be only 5’ long but it is Walnut.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 06:03 PM

If you’re trying to make us all jealous, you’ve suceeded! LOL! Nice score! Soorry about the nail….

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 06:12 PM

Daren, nice work. I love going out cutting up an old nasty looking tree and finding treasures like this inside.

-- Rogue

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 10:14 PM

Nice spotting and nice find. Oh to have some maple…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 10:34 PM

Wow Daren you are one lucky guy. I just love the sound of happily sawing along and then you hear that all to familiar sound ZZZIIINNNG and then the blade dives. You just gotta love sawin although I could live with the blade costs if I was sawing that log.

79 I have never hit cement but I do not think it is that uncommon to find it in logs. I cut up a real big walnut log a while back and it was loaded with nails. The guy that had the log paid but the lumber was probably well worth it.

Walnut is pretty common here so I cut a fair amount. It has magical magnetic properties as it will draw metal from all over the county to it.

You find all kinds of stuff in a city tree it is always an adventure.

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 11:04 PM

Autumn, no I finished milling that log (hit it about 1/2 way done) and even milled another before I decided to change it. It was a small/soft nail…while no nail is good, it could have been worse.

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 02:25 AM

Man you always have the nicest wood. I would love some.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 05:44 AM

Love it when that figured lumber shows up.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 05:45 AM

Great wood

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 08:27 AM

Great tiger maple. Would like to see you cut the widest clear section of the giant catalpa, I was just reading about how hand carved 36 inch solid mahogany tea tables were all the rage of victorian nobility, I bet you could get just as impressive of one from that log!

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#15 posted 07-27-2010 07:38 PM

My dad dragged one of the smaller catalpa slabs home…this is what he did with it…

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