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Sawmill day!

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So, the tree is down.

 

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And I saved some saw logs.

 

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So today was sawmill day:

 

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I got a bunch of 1” thick boards, a few 2” thick boards, a couple ‘more than 2’ for a bench or something, and a 6x6. The 1” boards are carried around back and stacked for drying.

 

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The 2” and 6x6 will have to wait a day or two.

 

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Tomorrow I’m meeting my son at a gun shop 1/2 way between us and we’re going to do some horse-trading (a couple Safe Queens traded for a rifle for my daughter-in-law and possibly one for my son). Then back to lumber handling and home renovation on Monday.

 

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SWEET !

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Check out epoxy river tables,bar tops, or benches.

I have made 2 coffee tables so far and its amazing what you can do with the stuff. Also the colors you van get and patterns are outstanding. 

I'm a novice wood worker and it wasnt too hard to figure out.

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Nice!  I have about that many fir logs sitting out by my driveway.  Had a 160 ft tree cut down that was leaning towards the house.  I have been cutting into rounds and firewood... boards would be nice.  So educate me... if you want to cut into boards, do you cut while the wood is wet or let it dry first?  I am thinking about warpage.  I have a bunch of huge maple logs too sitting on the side of another hill but easily accessible.  Are those chain saw "mills" worthwhile?  I have enouth firewood for the next 3 years... running out of space to put any more.  Boards would be nice.  I would probably want to cut at least 2 inch to 3 inch thick boards, maybe 12 to 24 inch wide.  Advice?

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I found a guy with a portable saw mill. He come to town, loaded the logs on my flatbed with his tractor, took them to his portable mill, and did all the cutting. He didn’t want to bring the mill here, although he could’ve, because all the sawdust wasn’t a problem in his pasture and would have been in my driveway. As long as I worked with him, he said he’d do it for $150. I thought that was a gift! He could’ve asked twice as much.

We found a portable mill owner near St Louis for some logs my cousin had by contacting some mill manufacturers. They gave us some names, and one of the first guys we called said, “Sure! I’ll cut your logs!” It was also very affordable.

If you cut them green, you have to stack them for drying so that they won’t twist. I’ll leave those boards stacked for several months covered by clear plastic.

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17 hours ago, Derk_digler24 said:

Check out epoxy river tables,bar tops, or benches.

I have made 2 coffee tables so far and its amazing what you can do with the stuff. Also the colors you van get and patterns are outstanding. 

I'm a novice wood worker and it wasnt too hard to figure out.


is that a brand of epoxy, or type of work? Or maybe Epoxy River is where there’s two boards joined by a ‘river’ of epoxy? I’ve never done epoxy. Suggest a brand or a learning source (just YouTube?)

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Very cool, had no idea portable/mobile sawmills were a thing, last sawmill I was at was outside Tama IA & would pick up slabs from them & split em for use in the pot belly stove....

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1 hour ago, srjdsmith said:


is that a brand of epoxy, or type of work? Or maybe Epoxy River is where there’s two boards joined by a ‘river’ of epoxy? I’ve never done epoxy. Suggest a brand or a learning source (just YouTube?)

Eco poxy is what I have used and had success with. I also use thier top coat too. 

The "River" is the epoxy in between the boards. Usually you use 1 board with live edges and split it, then turn the live edges towards the inside making the river in the middle and the the squared cut side on the outside. 

I have learned alot from YouTube, Instagram and messaging local guys in PA. 

I want to try a black walnut dining room table but need to find room. Should be good to go by winter though.  Also i use stone coat countertops for color but everyone uses different stuff. 

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Also for color testing or a small project to start with charcuterie boards 

A Google search will lead you down the rabbit hole.

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