500+ brd ft of FAS and Select Cherry

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Project by James Lango posted 08-26-2011 06:39 AM 3323 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took 3- 10, and 11’ pieces of meat to the mill. 28 to 33” in diameter. Over 80% of every board was clear Cherry. Very nice find! Cant wait to start building with this. Gotta air dry for a while, then throw in kiln. About 12 boards are 16”widex 11’ long. All 4/4” For anyone who doesnt know- a Woodmizer’s cut is the smoothest ive seen. You could get away with just extra sanding instead of planning.(thats how smooth it is)

James Lango

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 07:33 AM

Wow. Looks like no waste at all. Best of luck with it.

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 09:40 AM

Can’t wait to see what becomes of this stash, well done man

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 10:05 AM

Nice looking stack of lumber! I like harvesting logs, sawing lumber, building wood projects, etc… The only part I really don’t like is waiting for the wood to dry enough to use it. When are you upgrading your chainsaw mill to a bandsaw? It’s not a hobby it’s an addiction.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 12:05 PM

This looks like a real find! I don’t blame you for being excited about milling up this wood. James, I am sure you are going to have fun with this batch of wood.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 08-26-2011 12:49 PM

I am so jealous!
I’ve learned a few things from milling my own… Even if I can get 12-14” wide boards it might not be practical to use them since my jointer is only 6” wide, and my planer 12”. Anything wider I end up ripping anyway. So my most recent milling started with 6” cants. That also allows me to get a good number of boards that are nearly quarter-sawn. Also, I keep the length to 7-8 feet – the primary limitation being the jointer but it also keeps the weight reasonable. Come to think of it, why didn’t I spend more for a really large capacity jointer?

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

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 12:59 PM

That’s a great stack of cherry. Looks like you’ll be building for a while. What kind of kiln drying facility do you have?

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 01:14 PM

Very nice looking lumber – way to go.

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#9 posted 08-26-2011 01:28 PM

Do you have your own kiln?

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#10 posted 08-26-2011 01:47 PM

James, those will some sweet boards when they’re ready. It looks like you have a well protected set up so you can cut in all kinds of weather. Cherry like that is prime wood! It is nice that you can cut your own and then make wood products with it.
I know what you mean about the Woodmizer. I have a friend, Louie, who has a Woodmizer and cut the oak and walnut for me and that is a real slick set up. He has a seat on his and rides along on each cut to the end of the board and his wife is the material handler and stacks all the pieces on pallets. They are both 75 yrs old!!

Thanks for the posting!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-26-2011 06:17 PM

DOUBLE DROOL ENVY! ....Blkcherry

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#12 posted 08-26-2011 06:33 PM

So Nice !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 08-26-2011 06:46 PM

This is awesome. I wasn’t aware that the smallest Woodmizer is around $3000. It goes up fast from there but at 24” capacity, I might have to have a re-look.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 08-26-2011 08:47 PM

I am jealous….

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#15 posted 08-26-2011 09:00 PM

There is 1000 times more satisfaction in a completed project when you saw your own lumber. Nice looking cherry. For tips on drying, do you have access to a tobacco curing barn? I had a load of walnut like this and after it air dried for a while, I put it in my Father in laws tobacco curring barn and fired up the burners. In 3 days the wood when from 20% moisture to 6%. There was some checking from the rapid dry but the stock was cut about a foot longer than I wanted and the end grains sealed with paint. Wasnt scientific but it worked and haven’t had any problems with the wood so far.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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