Cutting And Drying Logs Into Boards
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'I have some red-oak, hickory, cherry, red elm, and spalted maple that I want to cut into boards.I have a band saw mill.Should I cut the boards into 5/4, 11/8, or 1' material? I also want some 4″ mantel material.
Should I let it air dry or have it kiln dried? Should I quarter-saw all the material?' Submitted by: harmann family WWGOA Editor Response: There are many 'it depends' you'll need to think about before cutting your logs.
Regarding thickness, what material do you use the most? If you primarily use 3/4″ material, saw your planks to 4/4.It's nice to have some 8/4 on hand, as well (it can be milled to 1-1/2″ to 1-7/8″) for leg material for furniture projects.
If you'd like bowl blanks from any of your logs, cut them even thicker, 12/4 or 16/4.It's great to have some quarter sawn, but it's also a lot more labor intensive to cut.If your logs are small, it may not be worth quarter sawing them, as the resulting boards will be very narrow.
I usually cut a mix of quarter and plain sawn, using the larger logs for quarter sawn.Remember that even from your plain sawn logs the...