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12-31-2017 11:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red oak mill slab

My neighbor had a Red Oak tree fall on Christmas Day so I slabbed up the last 14’ of it. I’ve done some chainsaw milling before but with 16” hickory and maple, a 30” oak tree is a whole different animal though. I ended up with 11 7’ long slabs total, a couple are over 3.5” thick, the rest are a little over 8/4
It’s a ton of work, especially when it’s 20 degrees! I used a chainsaw mill with a makita saw with a 30” bar and a ripping chain
Here’s a couple of pics:
Sorry about the sideways pics!


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#1 posted 01-01-2018 12:20 AM

Looks like you did a good job. I can vouch for it being a heck of a lot of work. I also know it takes a lot of patience to do that with a chainsaw. Good work.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 01:04 AM

Looks great. I’m sure that was a ton of work, and I know our mid-south weather recently didn’t make it any more fun. Let me know if you decide to sell any of your slabs. I might be able to take one off your hands.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#3 posted 01-01-2018 01:22 AM

Really nice work with your setup, and You’ve got yourself some very nice slabs, I’d love to have them, and I’m sure they will be put to good use.

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Alex Lane

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#4 posted 01-01-2018 02:12 AM

I’ll be by in the morning to take those off your hands! ;-P lol

Might be a good thing to treat those with something like Tim-Bor or other product to inhibit those happy little worms from chewing trails in those gorgeous slabs. Enjoy!

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#5 posted 01-01-2018 02:31 AM

Those look great, nice work. Did you use a guide or anything for your chainsaw?

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#6 posted 01-01-2018 03:20 AM

I started on a chainsaw mill. That’s a lot of work. Keep it up though. It leads to bigger and better things.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-01-2018 11:18 AM

I used the small Alaskan chainsaw mill, I’ve got a vertical chainsaw mill that will do logs up to 16” and 5’ long. The problem with it is that you have to be able to move the logs and stand them on end. Once they are set up all you have to do is pull the trigger on the saw and let gravity to all the work
I’ve got the slabs in a ventilated, unheated storage room attached to my shop, in a month I’ll start running a dehumidifier and a fan to move the air around to cut the drying time down a little
I have a kitchen table, two Maloof style chairs, a bench and a couple of coffee tables planned so far, so I might have a couple of slabs left over. It’s a lot of wood!

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#8 posted 01-01-2018 03:22 PM

You have way more patience and endurance than I do!

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#9 posted 01-01-2018 04:23 PM

If the logs were stored outside, I wonder if they were more difficult than the hickory and maple because they were at least partially frozen?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 01-01-2018 07:45 PM

I can’t believe you would spend that much time on a non alder species.

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