The Craigslist Tree #3: Day 3 - Reunited

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Blog entry by SawMueller posted 06-27-2017 08:19 PM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I show up to the tree location about 20 minutes early, as I wanted to get set up a bit before the poster showed. (I’ve only been using a chainsaw for a few months and am not really all that confident, so I like to take my time to get in the swing of things each time.)

My intent was to use my portable sawmill to cut whatever the remainder was into slabs. When I arrived however, I found the remaining piece standing upright. At about 5’ tall and 9’ around, wet oak is tough to budge. So I started to rethink how to tackle this.

The remaining piece was the section of the trunk where several large limbs had once grown. I decided to cut a couple cookies at the limb locations, to bring the sides in a bit closer to the trunk, as my bar still couldn’t quite reach all the way through when cutting from both sides. No real issues with this prep work and got a couple small, but nice cookies.

Now that things were trimmed back a bit, I started a vertical cut about 2” into the trunk, hoping to end up with a thick piece I could slab back at home. About halfway down, I realized that I probably should cut the horizontal bottom cut first, as my bar would get pinched if I cut the full vertical cut and the tried to cut the horizontal. My bar was long enough to cut from both sides and remove two pieces like this, since I was near the outer edge of the tree and not the widest point.

Unfortunately, the poster had made 4 or 5 different random cuts into the section the day before, so instead of everything coming out as solid slabs, most pieces ended up coming off as randomly sized chunks.

About 3 hours later I had filled my truck as full as possible and was headed home.

I really wish the guy hadn’t cut into the tree randomly, as most pieces ended up with slices in them, but I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to salvage a good bit of usable material once these dry out.

Here are some pictures of the rest of the spoils.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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