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    Wood prices, in the retail market, are highly...

    Wood prices, in the retail market, are highly variable. At our local HD store, walnut boards are over $20 p/bf (a 1x6x8' is $83.27). Now, that is a really nicely packaged board; plastic-wrapped,...
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    The Doyle Scale penalizes smaller logs, and...

    The Doyle Scale penalizes smaller logs, and certainly is not accurate as to the yield when using a bandsaw. A dozen 10"x10' logs could yield 500 bf, but nothing near 1200. For bandsaws, if you can...
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    A couple of challenges just make it interesting. If he can get the dingo in to the back yard, he could lift the log and drop it over the fence, then go through the gate and pick it up again (it'll...
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    I buy a couple of extras in each size I need and...

    I buy a couple of extras in each size I need and sticker stack any pressure treated lumber I use. If you get the semi dry boards off the top of the stack at the box store, they'll never straighten...
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    Although I don't mill "on shares" because of the...

    Although I don't mill "on shares" because of the problems you mentioned, I do have a protocol for those who are looking for something similar. They bring their logs and I scale them, just as I would...
  6. Cody, several times in the past, I have finished...

    Cody, several times in the past, I have finished up jobs that were started with a chainsaw mill that killed the chainsaw, or the operator just gave up. 18" diameter logs are a piece of cake for...
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    William, the "3+' diameter" is sort of a break...

    William, the "3+' diameter" is sort of a break point for portable mills. If your logs are legitimately 36" and over, they will exceed the capacity of most band mills, and even those that might take...
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    Your photos didn't show up, just a link. If you...

    Your photos didn't show up, just a link. If you are going to seal them, use the "costly AnchorSeal". It's cost is relatively minimal considering the potential value it might add. Spalting is a...
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    I have milled a number of ash logs that were...

    I have milled a number of ash logs that were killed by EAB, none of them were sprayed after cutting, and the wood was fine. I do encourage clients to grade saw their ash logs, the slabs and outer...
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    Same thickness? Double the thickness and you...

    Same thickness? Double the thickness and you increase drying time 2.5 to 3 times.
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    I am comfortably retired (don't need the money)...

    I am comfortably retired (don't need the money) and operate a mobile sawmill business because I love the work. It is a profitable business, not a hobby. I mill for clients here at my home or at...
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    Although I agree that the cost of a blade may be...

    Although I agree that the cost of a blade may be insignificant to the value of the lumber you get out of a metal-infested log, sometimes the quantity of useable lumber drops due to the stains ruining...
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    A few comments from mobile sawyer. By all means,...

    A few comments from mobile sawyer. By all means, if you can haul the logs it will be cheaper to do so. Problem is, there are a lot of people who would like to obtain lumber from their log(s), yet...
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    I don't get my logs from loggers but from tree...

    I don't get my logs from loggers but from tree services. An average (for me, which is probably a blow down, killed by disease, or yard tree - character, not commodity) walnut log that size brings...
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    Metal in saw logs should not be a fear decision,...

    Metal in saw logs should not be a fear decision, it is an economic decision (when using a bandsaw mill). Based on my experience milling many logs that contained debris of various types, whether or...
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    Audie, I would recommend not putting any fans on...

    Audie, I would recommend not putting any fans on oak lumber. Oak is subject to surface checking if the surface dries too quickly. If stacking in your shop, I would leave the stack at least a foot...
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    John is correct in that logs do not get better...

    John is correct in that logs do not get better after they come down. I would cut to length and seal the ends, including any large branch stubs. If they are in the red oak family, they should be...
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    The previous comment is somewhat misleading. On...

    The previous comment is somewhat misleading. On the topic of insurance, unfortunately, not all sawyers have insurance - mobile or stationary (very risky both for them, and for you). Not all sawyers...
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    Had a mobile job where a black locust had gone...

    Had a mobile job where a black locust had gone down during a storm, finished off by a tree service. Total job was over 900 bf/ including 650 bf of black locust. The black locust logs had been down...
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    I've hit insulators, smoked the blade. Something...

    I've hit insulators, smoked the blade. Something else that'll do one in is an armor piercing bullet. And no, the log didn't come from a military firing range - it was from an old commercial apple...
  21. You can cut down on the waste if, when you bring...

    You can cut down on the waste if, when you bring PT wood home, you stack it just like you would freshly milled lumber, until you are ready to use it.
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    In my experience, the milling method for walnut...

    In my experience, the milling method for walnut is dependent on the intended use. If you have a need to maximize the structural/engineering properties, then quarter-sawing is appropriate. If the...
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    It is not uncommon to limit log diameters to 8"...

    It is not uncommon to limit log diameters to 8" or above, for efficiency purposes. An 8" diameter would yield a 5.5" square cant. For my mill, diameters below 10" are charged by the hour, rather...
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    The primary difference between a cant hook and a...

    The primary difference between a cant hook and a peavey is the tip on the bottom of the handle. On a cant hook there is a wide area with a lip (designed to catch the squared edge of a cant), whereas...
  25. Your logs will be fine. Walnut is very resistant...

    Your logs will be fine. Walnut is very resistant to loss through decay, especially over the short period you are mentioning. If it were a couple of months, you would want to get them up off the...
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