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    Default Crows ash log to mill or slab - ideas wanted

    I have a crows ash log i salvaged from an urban tree removal. it's about 12 months old now 500 at small end and 2900 long but the small end was a fork so 2500 without the fork. I have a 8" lucas with both slabber and swing blade. Have worked with crows ash as the signs in nat parks were routed in crows ash in the late 80's. Maybe floorboards aren't my angle or skill level. Looking for ideas from the forum.

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    Only ever milled one Crows Ash tree but it was a reasonable size
    By memory around 1000mm plus d.b.h and like yours urban salvaged
    I highly suggest that you quarter saw the log in its entirety as back sawn boards tend to surface check and twist a tad too.
    Much more stable on the quarter I.M.O
    Also keep an eye on pin hole borers during seasoning as they do enjoy visiting Crow's Ash somewhat
    Here's some pics of said log and the delightful timber that it yielded...good fortune milling...MM
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    I agree with MM, easier to dry quarter sawn material. That being said, it becomes obvious that swing blade would be the better option than through and through cutting with the slabber. When cutting Crows Ash I have always kept the timber boat market in mind as this timber is popular with boat builders. If you are not in a great hurry to dry I would suggest cutting to 8x2 full. This allows for recut after drying to 8x1 or 4x1 or 4x2 or 6x2 and 2x2. These are all popular sizes in the boat trade and are all readily obtained from an oversized 8X2.
    If your log was longer, I would have suggested some larger sections for keel timber. You may still wish to cut some 8x8 for prow posts but it will be a long time drying.

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    Thanks for the info and suggestions rustynail and MM. quarter sawn 8x2 will suit me fine. Have an old work colleague who spent a year on sabbatical Tassie doing a wooden boat building course, time to give him a call I reckon. cheers

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