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Milling Big Maple Slabs

by AlexMcA
posted 07-25-2017 04:31 PM


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Aj2

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#1 posted 07-25-2017 08:18 PM

I’m going to be honest not trying to be mean.
The first pic showing the trunk with the twist is usually a sign of wood that will misbehave.Hopefully you can get some of the slabs dry and still have something to work with.
The cross grain cuts or cookies are a waste of time they will almost certainly crack and warp.Nothing can stop that from happening.
I pass on trees from yards I’ve learned my lessons the hard way.
Good luck

-- Aj

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AlexMcA

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 11:44 AM

No offence taken AJ. My immediate plan is to stack and sticker them under cover then wait. I will sell enough to cover my out of pocket costs, then see what survives the drying process.

I now have a better appreciation for the high cost of large thick boards and slabs at the local lumber store!

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Matt Rogers

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 01:03 AM

I disagree about the cookies being worthless. I have several maple cookies that are 42” diameter and yes they have one large crack in them, but they make great coffee tables. You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces. My cookies were cut about 3”-4” and they end up 2.5”-3” after drying and flattening.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2POqq-EI1f1RFdJVmtma0FIWWs/view?usp=sharing

-- Matt Rogers, http://www.cleanairwoodworks.com and http://www.cleanairyurts.com

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fuigb

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 04:14 PM



You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces.

That’s a damn good idea. Thanks for sharing it!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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AlexMcA

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 04:43 PM


You can take a saw and make a cut right now from the edge to the center right now while they are green and the cookie will only open up that one cut as opposed to cracking in several pieces.

I really like that idea, as I was planning on using some keys/butterflies where it cracked anyways. I think I will do that to at least 2 that I am keeping. Right now they are all stacked and stickered in the backyard to dry out.

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