A Willow Oak, a new chainsaw and some abandoned wood

ptt49er

Phillip
Corporate Member
Earlier this spring my neighbor had an old Willow Oak fall during a thunderstorm.
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So we limbed it up and left the trunk. The tree was larger than any chainsaw either of us owned.
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I took this opportunity to convince SWMBO that I just had to have a Husqy 460 Rancher with a 24" bar to "help" my neighbor. And while the iron was hot, I picked up an Alaskan mill attachment off of Amazon.

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Finally got the trunk sectioned up and ready to take the saw mill.
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Quick question - is it worth sending the lower section to the mill? Would you let the rot keep you from having it milled up?

This past weekend I scooped up some logs that were left behind some power line right of way clearing.
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And started milling those into something that resembles lumber.
I know that this one is poplar.
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But what is this one?
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Tucked away for a long nap! Need to get these under cover, but that'll happen soon enough.
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Here's to more sawdust!
Phillip
 

sawman101

Bruce Swanson
Corporate Member
I have to agree with Steve, you've gone over the edge! Saw milling is addictive, I've had Belsaw mills (3) over the years, and 2 good friends that also has Belasaw mills. Every tree that was down, or needed our help was viewed as lumber. I quit saw milling when Amish began settling in our area and set up mills--hemlock lumber for $120 Kb,' (Kb'= 1000 board feet) was too tempting for me. I was paying $40 Kb' International scale stumpage, then cut, limb, skid, and pay someone to truck the logs to my mill. If my back could handle it, I'd have a mill right here now--back says no to that wild idea. It's very hard work, but I think you are hooked, so congratulations!
 

ptt49er

Phillip
Corporate Member
The boards are close to 8'. I'm excited to see what it all looks like after surfacing it!
 

Jeff

Jeff
Corporate Member
Dropped the oak off to the mill on Friday last week, he called Wednesday and it was done! Went by today to pick it up! Now to wait!


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Is that whole pile red or white oak? What happened to the black willow?
 

ptt49er

Phillip
Corporate Member
It was a willow oak, which is a member of the red oak family.

Didn't have any black willow.
 

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