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Posted on Free walnut logs, what now?

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#1 posted 04-07-2020 06:00 PM

First off, get them off the ground and paint the ends to prevent checking.

Since they’re so short, I recommend looking into a bandsaw mill sled and finding a larger bandsaw. I just the other day found a bunch of short walnut logs cut down by the city that I milled up. I first removed the bark with a drawknife. A large chisel or axe will work, too.

I knocked this simple one sled out in less than an hour with plywood and some decking screws. I used a long F clamp to push the end of the log against the screws that go through the back plate. It rides in the miter slot in my bandsaw.

The kerf waste from a chainsaw mill in a 8” x 18” log is pretty substantial.

The cheaper blood, sweat, tears route is a large frame saw, which will make you swole but keep more usable wood than a chainsaw and cost less than a bandsaw. Best of luck.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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