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Advice on milling trees taken down on my ptoperty ?-

I am considering haveing trees from propety of mine milledup by a moble saw mill. It would be milled to any size i want, any advice on rough sizes for future projects that would include furniture , flooring and framing. The wood being milled would include Maple , oak, pine.
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I would go with 8/4 or even 10/4 I'd yoy want to user it as thick take top slabs.
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I have done this also

If you build furniture, then 4/4 or 1" thick.
If you will build slab table tops then 8/4.
If you need posts for support beams, then 6" X 8"
If you need table legs then 4" x 4".

It depends on your projects. Flooring is tricky because or warping when drying and different room humidities. Rough sawn Pine makes some beautiful floor boards.:smile3:

Keep in mind that flat sawing a log will result in several types of cuts. The best grain direction for furniture and the least warping will come right at the center of the log, a few boards up and down.



It's a lot more work to quarter saw a log on a band mill, but the results are worth it. However, there will be more waste also. This log was milled on a swing blade mill:

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If you are building furniture I'd suggest doing a mix of 4/4, 5/4, and 8/4. I had a few logs milled a few years ago, had it sawn mostly into 4/4 and I'm always kicking myself that I didn't get more 5/4 boards.
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A flitch-sawn log will give you every type of cut you need for furniture.

"When I have your wounded." -- Major Charles L. Kelley, callsign "Dustoff", refusing to recognize that an LZ was too hot, moments before before being killed by a single shot, July 1, 1964.
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For what it's worth, I ended up with dozens of drought killed oak trees on the ranch we owned. I ended up with 75% 4/4, 20% 8/4 and the rest as posts at 4x4 or 4x6, etc. At least for me, it fit my typical purchasing habits.
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