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post #1 of 6 Old 03-03-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cutting a Magnolia this week

I am getting ready to cut down a magnolia this week and I wonder if anyone has a preference as to size of turning blocks? I plan to start big and leave room to down size what I cut. Not sure I can even lift some of it. About 30 inches at the base.

The wife and I both prefer blocks larger than are normally available but wondered how others feel about it.

Any input, good or not so good is appreciated.
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I generally like blocks as big as I can get, which is usually 9" x 9" x 3 to be sure I can get in on the lathe. 6" diameter seems to be just about right too.

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I got some magnolia from 2 locations last year. It's going to spalt quickly. Also what I didn't mill soon is now stained sort of a light grey. Maybe from the bark - I don't really know. Also the anchorseal I used penetrated about 1 1/2" and stained to a light brown.
The stuff I milled is air drying and kept most of its whitish color.

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Hi I usually cut the logs up in the following way 1. if diameter is 12'' cut 16-17' long seal with anchor seal and if u can get some anti sap stain apply before sealing. The grey / blue color is sap stain and not caused by bark. The anti sap stain is used by lumber millers on light colored wood. Hope this helps Regards Tambotie
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I usually cut blacks as big as I can get out of the log or try to get the nicest pieces out of the log and sometimes I try to get as many as I can
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I really appreciate the input. We plan to keep some of the tree and sell some. It is about 30 feet tall and between two houses. Better to get it down now before hurricane season decides to help remove it.

Having an idea what others prefer will guide us on sizes as we go.
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