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post #1 of 21 Old 01-14-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Another woodworker from IL

You know how they say things happen in two's as I saw another post from Illinois this morning. Just joined woodworkingtalk this morning but have read some posts occasionally during this past year while researching various woodworking related information. I'm currently working on my "weekend warrior" garage shop. This past year I bought a Granberg chain saw mill and have begun milling my own lumber. If I have any questions about anything woodworking I figure this is probably a good place to start. I currently live in East Peoria.
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Welcome from Illinois. We like pictures, got any milling pictures ?
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Welcome from Texas! Glad to have ya.

Did you say tool sale?
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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Ok, keep in mind that I've just started chain saw milling (or milling period) this past summer. We live on a wooded lot so we have trees die occasionally or fall over in a storm.

My first job was an 18" red oak that had been slowly dying over a period of 4 or 5 years (due to the contractor for our home piling up dirt and smothering the base). The bark had started falling off in the past year or two but I thought, hey why not test out the new mill and see what happens. I did and even though the sap wood was rotten the heartwood, with the exception of being a little wormy in spots, was in perfect shape. I ended up cutting four 8-foot sections out of it and sliced up 1 by, 2 by and 6 by material. The 6x6s I ended up using as the base for my wood stack with 1x1x18" strips used as stickers (the wood had about 6 months of air drying in my garage before using it). I still have several 2 bys (resawn to 1 by material due to not thinking ahead of time) in my garage that I'm using to build a plant table for my wife.

A guy at work, tired of it dropping crap in his yard, wanted his black walnut taken down. It ended up being a pretty young tree with quite a bit of light sapwood. However, if you think about it what do you think of when you think of walnut? Dark heartwood. The light/dark mix is a unique look and it should look unique when I use it for trim for my workbench.

The sugar maple was right in my front yard. With the exception of a small stand of silver maples, most of our maples are sugar maples and we have an overpopulation of them that are shading out a lot of other hardwood seedlings. I figured we wouldn't miss one 14" tree. I had to break out the lights but it took one weekend to mill (estimated) $800 worth of lumber (based on local wood shop cost of $5.75/BF) for my bench top.

My wood drying hut isn't finished yet. I will enclose it on the ends with some ventilation at both ends and a fan to circulate air. The 3 cattle panels are arched between 2x6s at the base and a 20 mil clear pvc tarp covers it. I put down 4 mil vapor barrier under the 3-4 inches of pea gravel. It should heat up pretty well on sunny spring and summer days.

I know there are faster more efficient ways to mill lumber but for about $200 (plus a few extra chains to rotate thru) for a hobby woodworker like myself the Granberg mill works really well.

If anyone has any tips on cutting/drying lumber let me know.
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Photos from a co-workers black walnut in Galesburg, IL.
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A sugar maple in our front woods.
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If anyone has any tips on cutting/drying lumber let me know.
We talk about it here Forestry & Milling Several guys here mill lumber with all kinds of mills, chainsaw mills/bandmills/circle mills/swing mills...it's fair to say we have a pretty experienced bunch willing to share. Cool pictures BTW. Yea that walnut did have a lot of sap...but that sugar maple looks great, just a tiny bit of dark heart-the rest nice and white.

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Welcome from Illinois. I'm relatively new here too (see above) and I would also like to know about your chainsaw mill and its operation. Please post in the "Milling" section.
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Welcome from Illinois. Although I do not own a mill, my father, brother and I once milled a black walnut tree from a friend's house. Got a ton of wood as the base was about 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Found a few Square nails in it.

Currently we have an old oak tree (probably with a ton of nails in it, as it was taken from within the city limits) and a black cherry tree to mill.

I never realized how interesting it would be to mill trees to make our own boards, but it is really cool. If I can get some pictures put together, I will post a few pics of a table that I built as a wedding gift for the LOML, from the black walnut.
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Hi, I'm new to this so I'm not sure how things here work. Can anyone tell me where I can get plans (free or pay) for a computer desk with an attatched hutch? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
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Welcome to the forum, I'm just down the road (rt 29) from you.

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Hi, John. Yeah, I'm not too far from 29. I can see I-474 from my home office computer window as I type this message. Perhaps you get the award for the closest living forum user? ha ha
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Hi, John. Yeah, I'm not too far from 29. I can see I-474 from my home office computer window as I type this message. Perhaps you get the award for the closest living forum user? ha ha
Nope....that'd be ME. Welcome from Bartonville! Man, the chain-saw milling pictures are awesome! I'm completely envious of having a truck full of planks waiting to sacrifice themselves to some grand project.

We might have to have a little rotating woodworker's rountable here in the heartland, huh? A few stories, a couple ice-cold cans of Bud Light, maybe trade a tip or trick? Who's in? I'll host the first one!!

Hmm...I might just have to start a new thread...

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We might have to have a little rotating woodworker's rountable here in the heartland, huh? A few stories, a couple ice-cold cans of Bud Light, maybe trade a tip or trick? Who's in? I'll host the first one!!
I could say the same for the members here in Ohio! Who's up for a Saturday at BlackWater?

Great pics, mtnjak - great to have you aboard!
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Chainsaw milling

This is in response to DJG. You wanted to know more about chainsaw milling? I just put together a guide in PDF format. The only problem is it is about 3 mb in filesize, way more than the upload limit of this forum. So, if you or anyone else is interested, send me a private message with your email address and I can email it to you.
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You know how they say things happen in two's as I saw another post from Illinois this morning. Just joined woodworkingtalk this morning but have read some posts occasionally during this past year while researching various woodworking related information. I'm currently working on my "weekend warrior" garage shop. This past year I bought a Granberg chain saw mill and have begun milling my own lumber. If I have any questions about anything woodworking I figure this is probably a good place to start. I currently live in East Peoria.
been in east peoria 100's of time have kin that live their . I was born and raised in abingdon and galesburg area. I miss getting wood and going to the wood's and cutting down tree's. I live in florida now 32ys. Lumber down here is higher price. Sure miss the wood's. Good luck on the saw mill. del
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if you or anyone else is interested, send me a private message with your email address and I can email it to you.

Private messaging has recently been changed because of spammers.

Not sure weather you need 25 or 50 posts to enable it.

I would be interested in viewing it tho.

If you can send it to me at my website, that would be great!

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