Milling Lumber from Arizona Residental Trees #5: Moving logs and new destinations on what I am milling. Opps No Russian Olive.

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Blog entry by azwoodworker posted 04-02-2021 03:11 PM 311 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So my friend who’s a rigger stopped by to give me advice today on moving the logs around and it was simple. I need to use my winch set up that used to be on my trailer and cut out the dolly idea and just pull the log over to the 1-ton winch and I will also get another at Harbor Freight. (I know harbor freight but for 49 dollars it is worth it. I would never rig anything with any importance with it like Truss or anyone over something live. The one-ton is actually a 1/2 ton per the rigger. I guess he tested it or something.) We worked out how to set up the winch onto the chain that will be attached to a Mesquite tree I have just outside the backyard. Never would have thought of that. I just need to get a battery, (I gave the old battery, a pretty high-end industrial one to my friend with the bobcat for his trailer winch along with some other stuff for his help loading the 4 trailers of logs.) I am on a shoestring on this project with both my industries being closed and only now opening. Rather than going to make solar panels in china, I decided to increase my wood stock, for furniture.

I never installed the winch on my new 17 ft trailer. I did not put in on as wanted a Roman Crane type arch on the Trailer like a number of Slab millers on Youtube. I think it is the best way to pick up logs with as little damage as possible. Just pulling the slabs and doing one lift with at least cut 40 minutes out of getting each log up onto the Truss with only one lift from ground to Truss mill.

Well. My Russian Olive was not Mesquite as I thought. I reviewed the documentation the city required to cut down trees in Phoenix (10 thousand dollar submittal?) So what I thought was Indian Rosewood was actually African Sumac, and what I thought was Russian Olive from the Bark and Leaves was Indian Rosewood.

Was told by the architect that the tree was Russian Olive, and with the bark and leaves being similar I convinced myself yet once I cut the log open realized that is not what it was. Looking at the tree identification, the 4 of the largest trees I had that I thought was Olive is actually Indian Rosewood. That is especially good news. Still think I have some short Russian Olive, but not sure if this is what this piece is. It was also identified by the A as Russian Olive.
It is a very really yellow wood. It was suggested to Quartersawn Russian olive but except for changes in grain, there was very little difference or improvement. It also could be another tree on the 90 tree list. Any ideas? There was also a Persian line and purple leal cherry plum where the tree was pulled from, but not familiar with either.

Wanted to update that as I am growing through the learning curve. I hope I am not off on the use of the blogs, but since I forced myself off politics and commenting, and getting lost in probably arguing with Bots I decided to replace the time with blog. Why the time has to be replaced and just not canceled is another story.

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#1 posted 04-02-2021 11:47 PM

Wow ! – you have acquired some fine lumber

-- derek / oregon

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