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  1. Some farm grown trees available in Sth Gippsland

    Some people don't like native forest harvesting, some don't like large scale plantation but growing and harvesting timber trees on farms seems to meet with wide approval.

    I'm on the committee of...
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    That does seem a very low price/tonne for good...

    That does seem a very low price/tonne for good sized logs of nice timber species. I was at a farm in Sth Gippsland the other day where the landowner is milling a load of cypress from senescent...
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    Making a small side table from a log round

    This is kinda micro-milling and sorta woodwork so apologies if I'm asking this question in the wrong forum.

    From the last section of the deodar I've been carving up over the last few months I...
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    Are rough cut spindle and bowl blanks OK

    I'm chainsaw milling some Cedrus deodar (AKA Himalayan cedar) logs in Melbourne. I was wondering if roughcut spindle and bowl blanks are OK or if turners prefer the blanks dressed. I can arrange for...
  5. Thread: Newbie CSM advice

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    Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated. I guess while...

    Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated.

    I guess while doing both crosscuts and rips are conceptually simple there's a range of approaches on how do it in practice depending on factors like budget, operator...
  6. Thread: Newbie CSM advice

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    I was thinking about handheld. I found some...

    I was thinking about handheld. I found some handhelds that can do cuts 100mm+ deep on the weekend. Although what sort of accuracy they can achieve with an inexperienced user - like me - ripping along...
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    Do you know someone in Melbourne who can do this...

    Do you know someone in Melbourne who can do this work, Bob? For doing wider boards I'm considering whether to extend my current Logosol setup to the Logosol slabbing arrangement or buying an Alaskan...
  8. Thread: Newbie CSM advice

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    How do you think ripping with a CSM compares with...

    How do you think ripping with a CSM compares with ripping with a reasonable size circular saw, Bob?

    I was pondering how best to do this over the weekend with some of the deodar slabs.
  9. That was probably it. I filled up the chain oil...

    That was probably it. I filled up the chain oil tank at the end of that cut. It did look a bit dry ...
  10. Glad you noticed that, Bob. I was going to ask...

    Glad you noticed that, Bob. I was going to ask if you had any suggestions. I noticed smoke being produced right at the end of the cut. No visible smoke before then. At the end of the cut is where...
  11. Some milling shots of the deodar

    The property owner took a load of photos.

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  12. Using the waste from deodar

    We went up to the deodar site yesterday afternoon to do some milling. First priority was to cut some slabs that the block owners have commissioned a cabinet maker to make some table legs from....
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    You could have a chat with the folks at Radial...

    You could have a chat with the folks at Radial Timbers in Melbourne. http://radialtimbers.com.au/ They supply several durable timbers. They might be able to help with what's suitable in native...
  14. Some nice timber there, Scott. What do woodies in...

    Some nice timber there, Scott. What do woodies in the US use it for? The heartwood colour and contrast with sapwood is so dramatic that you'd think it would make for some nice pieces.

    Re the...
  15. How high can I stack a relatively soft timber like deodar with stickers

    I don't think the deodar I'm hoping to mill this weekend (if it's not raining; don't want to be slipping around a wet bit of the Dandies with a big Stihl and I suspect this conifer might get that...
  16. Nice shots of the cedar. Bigger log than we had....

    Nice shots of the cedar. Bigger log than we had. Do you know how the boards were used?

    The saw is fitted with the low kerf ripping chain so it doesn't waste as much as a normal chain - and the...
  17. Cut some boards from what I think is Juniperus virginiana or Eastern Red Cedar

    An arborist I know saved a few logs of this tree that would otherwise have been turned into mulch or firewood.

    Extraordinary purple colour in the heartwood contrasting nicely with the creamy...
  18. Thanks, Bob. I wonder if there would be interest...

    Thanks, Bob. I wonder if there would be interest in boards/slabs/posts straight off the mill for making a rustic looking chest? Not sure how large the deodar rustic chest market is in Melbourne but...
  19. So I guess I could check common bowl blank sizes...

    So I guess I could check common bowl blank sizes and cut some accordingly.

    How about spindles? Can a spindle be turned off a piece that has knots?
  20. Chainsaw milling some Cedrus deodar or Himalayan cedar

    I have a Cedrus deodar or Himalayan cedar log to mill in the Dandies. I cut a few lengths the other day. It looks mostly sound apart from some radial cracks of a few cm length. The tree was standing...
  21. Thanks again, Bob. I've had the problem with...

    Thanks again, Bob.

    I've had the problem with both a short rail (~1m) and the standard 2.8m rail. I don't think they're skewed but I'll run a square over them. Maybe I should do some more milling...
  22. Thanks for the comments, Bob. The saw was...

    Thanks for the comments, Bob.

    The saw was bought new for the CSM (Stihl had a great offer last year and the shop threw in a bunch of stuff) and only used for about 10 hours so the bar should be OK...
  23. Board gets wider at the end of a cut with the CSM

    I've been cutting some boards with a logosol big mill chain saw mill. Saw is a Stihl 660 with a Logosol narrow kerf ripping chain. The big mill has a rail that you fix to the log and slide the saw...
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    Do you know whether they were being grown for...

    Do you know whether they were being grown for pulp or sawlogs? And what species? This should be in the contract.

    A big expense in forestry is initial establishment. That has already been done on...
  25. Thanks for that. Another one went over in the...

    Thanks for that. Another one went over in the winds earlier in the week. Don't think that one was quite as big but I think it was in better shape.
  26. Is it likely there will be anything in the...

    Is it likely there will be anything in the rootball of interest to woodturners? The tree has put a lot of hard work into growing all that biomass over probably the last 50 years or so. It would be...
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    Some homeowners are OK with you turning up with a...

    Some homeowners are OK with you turning up with a mill but others aren't. I've discussed this with our local councillor who said that any extended milling session would probably attract some...
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    Thanks for the links. Looks like it's feasible to...

    Thanks for the links. Looks like it's feasible to use a trailer winch. WRT a sack trolley, did you have that in mind for moving logs from a trailer to the processing site? And moving logs to the...
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    Using a trailer winch for small logs

    In Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs there's an astonishing amount of potential logs from arborists. Caution required for nails where the kids' swing has been attached or similar but some great...
  30. Log arch used in small scale harvesting

    For anyone interested in seeing a log arch used in small scale harvesting this document has some good photos. Not sure about using an ATV as against a tractor, however. Tractors can be dangerous but...
  31. Thanks for the comments, Paul. And to everyone...

    Thanks for the comments, Paul. And to everyone else as well. There's a load of great experience and knowledge in this group. To answer Paul's question, on our block in Gippsland we have a good sized...
  32. Ahhh, that explains the confusion. I said lift up...

    Ahhh, that explains the confusion. I said lift up to 1.8m meaning height. Anyway, with the provisos mentioned it sounds like an engine crane would be feasible.
  33. CSM in a small timber milling forum definitely...

    CSM in a small timber milling forum definitely Chain saw mill :) But I like the idea of plonking down a big lump of green eucalypt and going straight to a big bevel using a compound mitre saw! You...
  34. How would an engine crane be for moving logs on and off a sawtable

    If I can snig smallish logs (say 500kg to 1000kg) to a processing centre using a log arch pulled by a tractor ideally I would then like to put the logs on a table for processing by the CSM. Engine...
  35. Thread: Milling Sugargum

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    It's a great timber. Class 1 durability reported...

    It's a great timber. Class 1 durability reported in the attached reference.

    It has a number of uses:

    Sugar gum profile - Department of Environment and Primary Industries

    I would like to grow...
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    Found this reference which essentially says use a...

    Found this reference which essentially says use a snap line and plumb/level with a square
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    Marking up a small log for handsawing boards

    I have some shortish lengths of recently cut red oak and I think spruce. Diameters around 40-50cm and lengths 40-80cm. I thought it would be interesting to have a crack at handsawing them into short...
  38. Advice on milling a log from a mostly dead blackwood

    This blackwood fell over on our block recently. 75cm DBH which is a reasonable sized log. But the tree was mostly dead.

    I've just bought a Logosol chainsaw mill to use with a Stihl 660. Given the...
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    Blackwood

    This thread has had discussed blackwoods a bit. This one recently fell over on our block. 75cm DBH which is a reasonable size. I don't know how much usable timber will come out of it as it was mostly...
  40. Thread: A day at the dump

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    I think they tend to rip or cross-cut the logs...

    I think they tend to rip or cross-cut the logs here into smaller pieces and feed them through the chipper. I happened to drive past (well, I heard the chainsaw and thought I'd go see what might be...
  41. Thread: A day at the dump

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    This is great stuff, Allan. How are the logs...

    This is great stuff, Allan. How are the logs ending up at the tip? The arborists I've spoken to tend to chip their work. It costs them too much to move the logs around with a crane truck. I looked...
  42. Useful reference on building with green oak

    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Greenoakinconstruction.pdf/$file/Greenoakinconstruction.pdf

    Given I'll have some oak I thought I might have a crack at some vernacular architecture (AKA bush...
  43. Thanks for that, Paul.

    Thanks for that, Paul.
  44. Useful file on stacking green timber for seasoning

    I'm about to start creating artisan timber (or very expensive firewood) using a chainsaw rig I bought from Sven at Logosol in Springvale. I have a 50cm DBH red oak log that fell over on a friend's...
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    We have some in a street close by. Even with...

    We have some in a street close by. Even with limited silviculture they do have good form. But the growth rates in Melbourne don't impress. I'm guessing they were planted when this area was developed...
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    Radiata, markets and multiple species plantings

    No argument that you will struggle to compete at wholesale prices with local and overseas suppliers of commoditised construction timber. But I still intend to plant some radiata. I know I can get...
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    Thanks, Stu. Replies to above. a/ The current...

    Thanks, Stu. Replies to above.

    a/ The current planning overlays in Victoria treat agroforestry (substantive agricultural activities mixed with trees for purposes such as timber production,...
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    Thanks for the suggestions. YS, maculata,...

    Thanks for the suggestions. YS, maculata, globulus are all on the list. Interesting suggestion about Cupressus ovensii. There's some material at:
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    Well, fastigata wasn't one I was thinking of. The...

    Well, fastigata wasn't one I was thinking of. The NSW DPI Private Forestry are also complimentary about this tree:
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    Hi Stu, I'd like to run a few things by you to...

    Hi Stu,

    I'd like to run a few things by you to see what you think. With trees I can obviously plant in haste and regret at my leisure so this sort of interchange is very useful before seedling...
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