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post #1 of 7 Old 09-12-2019, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Short board lengths?

I have some access to some logs to get milled into lumber. They have to be 6’ length or less though. What length should I have them cut? Is 4’ long enough for cabinets? Or should I go 5’. I want to maximize what I can get. Any suggestions for length and size is welcome
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I'm building cabinets for my kitchen at the moment and have rarely needed to go beyond 5'. That said, why not get the full 6' lengths?
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They are still the whole tree and not cut yet, 5 pieces at 5’ instead of 6 give me an extra log lol. I’ll probably do various lengths on the stuff I don’t plan on using for cabinets
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I'm confused. Why would you not want the largest boards possible, other than transportation issues? Cutting the tree into the largest, longest boards gives you increased choices about which end (or middle) of a board to use, and you can always use the cutoffs to make boxes, test pieces, featherboards, pen blanks, push sticks, or whatever.

I get the feeling that you must choose between more shorter boards or fewer longer boards, but that's what's confusing to me.

If you're deciding between 3x five foot boards or 2x six foot boards, I might choose the former to get more useable boards, but the exact choices are not clear to me.
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I'm not a proffesional but I think the pros factor in about a 20% waste loss. You will probally find a few knots or checking on the ends of your boards. I'm a serious hobbyist who understands the cost of lumber so I save my cut-offs and use them...

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I'm confused. Why would you not want the largest boards possible, other than transportation issues? Cutting the tree into the largest, longest boards gives you increased choices about which end (or middle) of a board to use, and you can always use the cutoffs to make boxes, test pieces, featherboards, pen blanks, push sticks, or whatever.

I get the feeling that you must choose between more shorter boards or fewer longer boards, but that's what's confusing to me.

If you're deciding between 3x five foot boards or 2x six foot boards, I might choose the former to get more useable boards, but the exact choices are not clear to me.
Yes that’s what I was trying to say. What’s the use of cutting 6’ length logs if I only need say 4’ plus 6-8” for checking and splits. I’m sure I’ll use that 1’ piece somewhere but if I can get one extra log 5’ long then it be ideal to go that route. I just wasn’t sure what length was ideal for say cabinets. Plus I was curious as to what others use short boards for. My logs for cabinets I’ll probably cut 5’. The others I’ll mix it up to get best yield.
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I'm not a proffesional but I think the pros factor in about a 20% waste loss. You will probally find a few knots or checking on the ends of your boards. I'm a serious hobbyist who understands the cost of lumber so I save my cut-offs and use them...
I save a lot of my cut offs also as I hate throwing them away but honestly after a year I have a huge pile and most get tossed if it’s under 12-14”
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