Milling Lumber (grudgingly) #8: When mistakes are made...

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 01-23-2012 04:34 AM 1967 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There was one mistake made. The miller was pushing a little too hard (milling too fast) and the blade was getting dull. When you do that, the blade will tend to wander resulting in a wavy cut. Unfortunately he was right in the middle of quarter sawing a beautiful piece of wood and the ruined boards would have been the best from that particular log. So recently, (the wood is still pretty wet) I thought I would see if I could get any useful wood from the two way boards. Take a look:

Starting with 8 foot boards, I cut them down a bit hoping shorter lengths would increase the odds of getting a few good pieces.

As you can see these are some really nice quarter sawn pieces

How would you like a few boards like this?

I was able to plane these down to 3/4” thick with a minimal number of raw spots. If I get a project that can use 1/2” thickness and also calls for nice ray flecking I’ll use these. Meanwhile, they go to the attic to dry a little faster.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 04:42 AM

A bit of creativity meets ingenuity and a dash of creativity and you have yourself a project! I would love every piece of it because I’ve seen some amazing projects that have came from major oops’. I’ll follow you on this one to see where it goes. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 05:07 AM

Man….those were some wavy cuts…..hope your sawyer gave you a discount!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 05:24 AM

@MOJOE – if you read the earlier posts in this blog you’ll see the enormity of the job. With just two boards like this I was not too concerned – too bad it was THESE two boards. I think the sawyer was actually embarrassed because he immediately shut down the mill and started a blade change. No need to say anything. He knew.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 05:26 AM

Glad you got some good from it. 1/2” stock will be useful. They are some nice looking boards now.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 06:14 AM

Ouch, but good recovery

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 09:22 PM

I’m not a crybaby but that makes me want to cry and it’s not even mine!


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