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    Cutting Oak On-site video

    Here's one sent to my email box from Wood and Shop. I hope Scott Smith sees this and sends along a photo of his adventures with giant oak logs.

    I post this address for members considering cutting a tree to boards. Its hard work for the sawyer and he needs some help most of the time. Get your gloves on and find you stack of tomato stakes.

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    Oh by the way .. wet oak does have a smell that's a little sour. Get used to it

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Where's the video link Dan?

    White oak doesn't have too much smell but red oak smells like old cat urine! It's not overwhelming just a little eau de cologne!

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    While waiting for the video, you can make your own stickers from either the first cuts off the log using a circular saw, or if you straight-edge the slabs, from the drop produced in that process. In the picture, the drop in the background on the trailer is what I used to sticker the stacks for drying (this was pine, not oak, but the process is the same). I have done it both ways for cherry, oak, pine, black walnut and sweet gum.



    After the wood is dried, I save the stickers for the next time I need them. The track and jig I am using here are home-made, and utilizes the saw attachment section off my Granberg Alaskan Chain saw mill, but edge cutting jigs are commercially available.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Where's the video link Dan?

    White oak doesn't have too much smell but red oak smells like old cat urine! It's not overwhelming just a little eau de cologne!

    https://woodandshop.com/tableanatomy...oet_latestpost

    here's the home address for the wood and shop. Its a good site overall to explore but now I can not find the video I wanted to show here. If I can find it I will post the address here.

    Sorry for the confusion.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE View Post
    That's the one I was trying to find. Thank you Mark. Hopefully I haven't confused too many folks with this thread.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Good video demonstration of the "logs to lumber" process. Several years ago I helped Jeff Mills QS a bunch of red oak on his Woodmizer and I got to be the grunt (read off-loader and loader on the trailer) which he took to Scott for kiln drying. It was a bunch of work, not back-breaking, and as a woodworking newbie it was a fascinating introduction.

    Some sawyers have portable mills and they'll come to you for a travel fee and then $X/hour so it's better to have several tree trunks on the ground and ready to go.

    Here's the assortment of behemoth saws at Scott's place.

    http://www.wpsawmill.com/sawmill.php

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Quote Originally Posted by danmart77 View Post
    Here's one sent to my email box from Wood and Shop. I hope Scott Smith sees this and sends along a photo of his adventures with giant oak logs.
    Dan, ask and ye shall receive! LOL.

    That's a nice video by Eli.

    Below are some pix of some slabs that we recently milled for other sawmill operations, as well as some logs that we have awaiting milling.

    First up, some black walnut that we slabbed last week for another miller. To put things into perspective, in the first photo the stacks are over 6' tall. Collectively, once dried there is somewhere between 50K - 75K retail price of BW slabs in these photos.







    Here are some logs that we will be full width slabbing later this month. In the first photo it's 8' from the ground to the top of the log stack.






    Slabbing offsite a couple of years ago. All photo's are of the same log.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Scott the few muscles I have left start saying "watch out boy" when I see BW like that. I would guess George Nakashima would ask to see a few of those slabs in the stacks you have.

    Thanks for the photos.

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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Wow Scott. From the outside that last log looks like a bunch of trunks twisted together but from the inside it looks like a single slab. Very interesting pics.
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    Re: Cutting Oak On-site video

    Quote Originally Posted by KenOfCary View Post
    Wow Scott. From the outside that last log looks like a bunch of trunks twisted together but from the inside it looks like a single slab. Very interesting pics.
    I was worried about the slabs twisting as they dried but so far they have stayed pretty flat.

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