Milling Progress

Learning how to mill is going quite well. This red cedar is my largest piece that started out 6 feet long and 21″ in diameter. It is close to the maximum diameter the mill can handle although I can cut 10 foot long trees. The poor old tractor wasn’t too happy lugging this chunk around. I milled it down to 13.5″ x 13.5″ and then took off 2″ layers.




The larger 2″ x 13.5″ pieces are on the left. They can be ripped into 2″ x 4″, 2″ x 6″, 2″ x 8″ etc. as needed. Some beautiful patterns coming out.


The ‘before’ picture!


      • We thought of you yesterday during a walk in a county park – a quite wild one, in the Cascade foothills. A cedar had fallen across the path and been cut and moved just enough to clear the way. It was about 70 years old, counting the rings, so a nice piece of wood….it will be enjoyed by many creatures and plants, but one can’t resist thinking about the beautiful wood that would come off the saw from that one!

      • Nice to be thought of! Yes, I look at trees in a new way when walking in the forest now. We don’t plan to do any logging as we have quite a few windfalls throughout the property. It is wonderful to put them to use. I got a surprising amount of lumber from the red cedar that fell across our power lines in the Fall. In past time it would have been firewood or just wasted.

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