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Posted on Milling Large Honeylocust and Oak Logs

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 02:28 PM

As far as the multiple crotches on the end of your honeylocust, if you are trying to get regular lumber out of it you might cut that part off and work with the straight part of the log and do something different with the branch union. I have seen a number of large branch unions cut through the pith that show alot of charactor in the grain, best to cut thick slabs (2”) where the piths meet in the union you will see alot of curling grain. for a small area with five major branches, you will have a tough time making a decision on where to make the first cut. The current trend is book-matching highly figured wood, I would choose to cut as close to as many piths in the log as possible, start on the branch union side and work to the base of the log. The wood will be hardest near the branch unions as that is where the tree was adding tissue to compensate for loads on the branches. I don’t have much comment for the blades, but the best one I have used so far is a lenox bi-metal blade, there are also carbide tipped blades that can be found, but cost $$$. Good Luck!

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