Making Lumber

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Slabbing the Robbinsdale Maple
I picked up this silver maple log from a backyard in Robbinsdale, MN. This log has two crotches and from the outside looks to have a lot of figure within it. There is plenty of undulation visible on the outside and the large crotches looks to have produced a lot of compression figure. The log is 4’ wide at the butt and the crotch splays to 5’ wide. Overall length is just over 6’.
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How I Air Dry Lumber Outdoors
I needed to set up the foundation for the slabs that will be sawn from the silver maple log that I picked up in my urban logging video and I've received many questions on drying outdoors and setting up the stack bases. So I'm answering questions on my outdoor stacks while demonstrating how I set up the foundations for the stacks.
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Slabbing the Bigger Maple Crotch (Big Logs #5)
Last spring, I saw a firewood posting on craigslist for some really large logs. The trees were removed as part of a street widening project. I was able to get 5 of them starting from the smallest. The biggest logs I was unable to get due to their size. This crotch section was just one part of a much larger silver maple tree. This was the last log that I picked up and is now the last log from the group to go onto the mill.
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Slabbing with a Chainsaw and Bandsaw Mill
Last fall, Donavan had an elm tree removed from his yard that had died. The trunk was too heavy to be lifted out of his backyard with the crane that was used to remove the rest of the tree. We planned to mill the trunk in place with the chainsaw mill and after making a few cuts with the chainsaw mill, we removed enough weight so the log could be moved with a bobcat. We loaded it onto my trailer and cut the rest of the log on my homemade bandsaw mill.
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Lumber Stack Levelers
Setting up a flat base for stacking lumber to dry is and essential part of the drying process.  It can be a tedious process and if the base changes or the stack needs to move, you have to level the area again.  I decided to make some base levelers for my lumber stacks so I can quickly, easily, and accurately ensure a flat base for drying my lumber.
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Slabbing the Smaller Maple Crotch (Big Logs #1)
Last spring, I saw a firewood posting on craigslist for some really large logs.  The trees were removed as part of a street widening project.  I was able to get 5 of them starting from the smallest.  The biggest logs I was unable to get due to their size.  The crotch section was just one part of a much larger tree.
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Fixing the Guides & Side by Side Milling
When I added the guides to the mill, they ended up in not quite the right position so up until now, the blade was guiding itself through the cut.  The placement of the guides also prevented me from tracking the blade back far enough onto the wheels.  I modify the mounting posts (1:15), track the blade (8:28), set the guides (12:13), and test the set up by milling a pair of logs (spruce and elm)(16:24).
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Working Through My Small Log Pile
Just having some fun, enjoying the outdoors, and getting some exercise. Still plenty of things to add to the mill but for now, it's just nice to get some use out of it. I'm working through my small log pile to free up space in my driveway. In this video I'm cutting elm, spruce, and box elder.