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Les, about sawing a log
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Capp    Posted 01-31-2003 at 20:27:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Since you have sawn over a million board feet of lumber, I think that makes you an officalnado of the sawmill. What's the best way to saw my logs. I need 8-2x12, 20 feet long. The logs are yellow popular 21 feet long and 22inches around. I have 3 that long and the rest I told the man to saw up into 2x4's and lumber. Don't want to get cheated. Need some advice. Thanks.

Les...Hey Capp, another thought    Posted 02-01-2003 at 05:27:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take a ruler and a crayon and go to the small end of your logs and scribe out as many 2x12s as you can. Use a crayon and not a pencil to allow for the kerf of the saw.
You better hope your logs are straight because any sweep at all is going to cut down on the usable lumber you get out of a log dramatically. Those are awful long logs. I'm not familiar with yellow poplar but I'm guessing there's going to be some sweep (curvature), especially being over 20' long.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-01-2003 at 05:22:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you only need 8 2x12s you won't have much problem getting them out of the logs as you describe them. It almost sounds like you can get them out of 2 of those logs. If you only need 8, you better ask for 10 or 12. 2x12s can always be made into 2x4s but it's hard to do it the other way.
BTW, most of what I sawed was grade hardwood, not dimension stuff, although we did saw quite a bit of pine. My job on the resaw was to get the maximum grade out of the cants that came to me from the headsaw.
It has been 20 years since I did that kind of work.

Capp    Posted 02-01-2003 at 13:04:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My logs are pretty well straight and hardly any difference at the butt as at the 21 foot mark. Here in Ky. they grow that way. Thanks for your thoughts.

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