|What Type Of Logs Should Be Sawn?||What We Do Not Do|
We prefer the logs to be between 8 and 16 feet in length and approximately 8" and greater in diameter on the small end The maximum length we can cut is 16'. The large end of the log cannot exceed more than 30" in diameter.
It may take several days or several weeks to complete your job depending on how back logged we are, how well the weather cooperates, how many logs you may have, and any type of breakdowns we may have. We are not a full time operation and only able to saw when we have time available.
Its highly recommended
logs cut from yards, a majority of the time someone has put nails or screws in
the tree during its lifetime.
Below are a few ideas on what you can do in advance:
What Type Of Logs Should Be Sawn?
|This log has more than 50% split out with dry rot.||This log is to crooked and cannot be cut.|
|This log is to crooked and has to much stress.||These logs contains metal in them.|
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We do not purchase any type of logs or trees.
We do not remove trees from your yard or property. Please refer to tree removal services if this is needed.
We do not resaw lumber that has previously been sawn. Since lumber may warp or twist while drying its very difficult to resaw lumber with a uniform thickness when this occurs.
We do not saw root balls, these contain to much dirt and will cause the blades to dull very quickly.
We do not saw cookies from logs.
All lumber needs to be picked up within 30 days, any lumber not picked up within 30 days becomes property of the sawyer and maybe sold to recover the cost of cutting.
Air Drying Your Lumber
Typically, air drying lumber can take three months to one year per inch of thickness depending on the type of wood before the wood is dry enough to use. In the Mid-Atlantic region, wood will air dry to approximately 12-14% if properly stacked and sticked. Lumber over 2” thick is difficult to dry, and may develop specific drying defects.
It is best to have the lumber stack as level and flat as possible. Variations in the stack will translate to the lumber in the pile, if the stack is not flat, the wood in the pile will dry warped. Stickers should be aligned on top of each other in the stack and be placed 18-24 inches apart. The stack should be well supported with blocks to combat the beams sagging from the weight of the lumber. The bottom of the lumber stack should also be elevated 12-16" off of the ground, to keep weeds and animal impacts to the pile at a minimum. The platform should be constructed as long as the longest lumber is, and stack width is best when 4 to 6 feet wide.
The pile should be weighted down and the top covered. Covering the sides of the stack with a tarp will result in moldy lumber. Air must be able to move through the stack. Lumber should be stacked and sticked within 24 hours of being sawn to avoid mold problems. Mold develops quickly during Spring and Summer on pine wood. A light mixture of bleach sprayed on the wood stack helps inhibit mold growth, but mold may still develop if it is warm out.
Wood stacks should be left in an open, but shaded where airflow is not inhibited. Direct Sunlight may cause drying defects.
Lumber losses due to material degradation (warp, check, stain, etc.) can be expected while drying.
Additional information can be obtained from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report FPL-GTR-117
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