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#1 posted 08-14-2017 05:18 PM

welocme to LJ and good to read the passion.
think about how much that limb weighs- its been growing with all that weight and getting heavier as its grown. its been sagging and growing bigger and bigger, getting a lot of stresses built up in it.
on that oak- and any other tree, limbs dont make very good lumber. as they grow, they get stresses growing into the wood. sometimes while cutting up limbs that size with my chainsaw the stresses were released and my CS bound up.
if something like that makes it to the mill, those internal stresses can be released during milling and wreak havoc.
if the wood makes it through the mill and is stacked to dry, the stresses can come out as the moisture leaves the wood. i have milled some limb wood before and had it stacked in my shop. a month or so into the drying, i was out there and a pretty loud CRACK scared the crap out of me coming from the pile. one of the boards had split end to end and then had 2 banana boards.
IF limb wood makes it through the drying process, the internal stresses can come out when machining. im sure theres more than me here that has been riping lumber and had it close up and pinch the blade or even start opening up drastically, only to have ripped some high priced kindling. ive also had limb wood that ive ran across the jointer to flatten and planed to width, only to find it warped,buckled, cupped and all that fun stuff the next day.
IF it makes it through ALL of the processes and ends up in a piece of furniture, its possible for those stresses to show up down the road.

not tryin to be a downer here, but i found it a waste of time to try and mill limb wood.

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