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    milling a sugar maple

    We cut this sugar maple up today and got around 300 bd/ft. The log was 9 ft. long with a 32 - 34 inch diameter. The tree was around 150 years old. A lady I work with gave me the log this summer. I'll make her something when the wood is dry. This is the butt log from the crotch I cut earlier.
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    thats gonna be some nice wide boards.
    I never knew its called sugar maple, I have quite alot of it.
    It has a variety of colors in it, greys, browns, reds.
    I dont have any boards that width. Nice stuff.
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    Looks like you're having a lot of fun with the new mill, and getting some great lumber out of it, too. Those 24" wide maple boards are like an instant tabletop.
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    With what I'm paying for Maple here in Japan, if I had the space (again expensive!) I'd get a mill and start bugging the arborists for logs!

    Nice looking wood, is the pith all punky?

    Should make some nice boards!
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    Sure is some nice looking maple John
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    John i might have to make a midnight run and steal me some of that great looking wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Looks like you're having a lot of fun with the new mill, and getting some great lumber out of it, too. Those 24" wide maple boards are like an instant tabletop.
    I am having a great time. It's a lot of work, but that's fine and I enjoy it! It's great mental health work too!

    Every log is like a Christmas present.

    To quote Forrest Gump, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    With what I'm paying for Maple here in Japan, if I had the space (again expensive!) I'd get a mill and start bugging the arborists for logs!

    Nice looking wood, is the pith all punky?

    Should make some nice boards!
    With the hollow in the bottom of the log I tried to cut around it. The last few I cut were 8/4 by 9" wide. The last one did get some punky stuff in about the last couple of feet that I'll use the chainsaw to cut off.

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    What a beast of a log and what a blast of a way to get your material. You are a lucky (although hardworking) man. I enjoy the mill posts a lot.
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    john, do you have enough room to store all the lumber youre milling for 2 or more years?(indoor storage)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    What a beast of a log and what a blast of a way to get your material. You are a lucky (although hardworking) man. I enjoy the mill posts a lot.
    Thanks Glenn, I was hoping I wasn't boring everyone with my attempts at being a sawyer.


    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    john, do you have enough room to store all the lumber youre milling for 2 or more years?(indoor storage)
    I plan on air drying the majority of the lumber outside covered. The best I can do around here air drying is around 12% moisture content. All the softwood that I've air dried has gotten down to that in about 6 months or a little less. The last Oak that I dried got to 12% in a little less than a year, this is all 4/4 stuff. I've been using some of the Oak, I'll take it into the shop and in a couple of weeks it'll get down to around 8%. Of course the 8/4 will take longer, I've got some that will be on stickers for 2 years this December. I need to see what the M/C is on that.

    If I needed to store some of it inside, I have an unfinished, conditioned basement that would work for storing if need be. I've thought about maybe converting one corner into a dehumidification kiln. I'd air dry first and then move my lumber inside and try to cut the drying time.

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