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Posted on Free walnut logs, what now?

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#1 posted 04-08-2020 03:54 AM

It seems like an Alaskan chainsaw mill would be difficult to use on only 18-24” long logs. I think that I would try something like the John Heisz vertical chainsaw mill. Simple to make and looks like he got pretty good results.

A good way to reduce the amount of cracking you get from short logs like this without completely milling them into slabs or boards now, is to cut about a 2” slab lengthwise out of the middle to remove the pith from the log. I do this with green bowl blanks that I find. By removing the middle rings from the log, cracking is usually significantly less, especially if you also coat the end grain of the remaining half logs. BTW, while you are at it, go ahead and remove the pith from that center slab and you will be left 2 nice 2” quarter sawn boards that will be pretty stable as they dry.

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