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Neighbor chopped down a cedar tree about 3 years ago and offered me a big log from it to me. Its been drying since. I finally decided to process it. Ordered a small Alaskan chainsaw mill and I've started making lumber.

Lumber still has between 11-15 percent moisture content so still have to air dry a little bit longer but shouldn't be too long. First sections I was only able to get short pieces so cut at 8/4. This last slab I cut at 6/8 and probably the remainder of the log. It is about 7 feet long and about 12 inch wide. I should be able to get at least 4 more slabs out of it. But that will be another day.

It is super muggy is East Texas and I think I sweated a gallon. I need to re-hydrate with an adult beverage. No power tools after that.
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I bet that smelled good .Nice looking timber.
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looks like it came out pretty good. Those Alaska mills are work, not surprised you sweated out. I have 12 foot Madrona log that has been sitting for 3 years. Thought about using an AM on that but it's super hard wood.

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beautiful wood and well done..

but I gotta ask...
1st attempt.. eh...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Herb,

It really smells strongly of cedar in my garage right now. It is nice though. Better than my man sweat funk.

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I had not heard of Madrona lumber. Looked it up. Man I am jealous. That is going to be amazing lumber.

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First real attempt at using the mill. I played with it on a short little log to get a feel for it but this is my first real use of it on a real log. First few cuts looked like I took a hatchet to the log. There is a learning curve that I am still climbing. Still have a long ways to really know how to use it effectively. Probably should have used different words for the title.
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I bought one last year to cut up a few trees on my place, some lodgepole pine and D. fir. They will work your butt off but I got some nice boards too. Not nearly as colorful as yours. If I was going to do lots more I think I might set up some rails and bolt some pads on my bar to slide along and roll the logs into the middle. I think it might be easier to jack the log up and down that set up for the Alaska mills for each cut. Kind of like a Logosol. Like this but with a rail on either side. https://www.logosol.com/store/sawmills/chain-sawmills/ A buddy had one and his was about $2500 whereas mine was $100.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Wonderful looking wood you are getting from it. Too bad the Alaska Sawmill doesn't come to the Lower 48 complete with Alaska weather!
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Just one more step you can now do yourself. Good looking wood. Any idea what you'll build with it?
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