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Old 01-28-2010, 10:33 PM   #526
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This is the last of the three big planks for the bridge. This one is a little narrower than the other two, as it will be used as the center support and does not need to be quite as wide.
As you can see, it is still a substantial chunk of lumber.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:38 PM   #527
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I was able to move those boards round to the side of the saw shed without help...although I suspect I may regret that when I wake up in the morning.

The second piece of that boomstick is now on the log deck. Note the crack at the end. I cut a 4 foot length off where it was broken (I thought it was shorter than that until I measured it) and still did not get all of the crack taken out.

Before cutting this one it will need to be turned so that the crack is either horizontal or vertical for the first cut. That will depend on what I decide to get from the log. If the crack is properly lined up, the waste from that crack will be minimal.
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coco,

do you quarter saw any of your wood to get some vertical grain pieces?
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Interesting that you should ask that particular question right now.

I took a slab off the most recent log, and I will be able to get 4 pieces of 2 by lumber out of the middle which will be edge grain. It might even be possible to get one extra piece out of each side of the remainder.

Bear in mind that even when one is cutting "through and through", which means you are simply slabbing the entire log, that a few of the middle pieces will be edge grain. You do need to eliminate the centre of the log, as that grain is usually much more coarse. It's the fine grain you are looking for if at all possible.

When the weather gets better (it's busy raining today) I'll show you some very tight grain wood coming up on the next log. Hopefully, I will be able to make a few doors from this one.
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In the mean time, from the really wide log, I took a couple of boards out of the middle to make some stair treads from. These will go on the circular stairs out front. They are 16" wide at the fat end, 5" at the narrow end. The boards were so wide I could almost get two side by side from each piece.
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What sort of ring count to the inch?

Spiral stair case? What width is the tread 12 inches from the narrow end?
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The ring count varies, due to the fact that each board is from the middle of the log. Starts at about 10 on the outside. The next log has some super fine rings.
12" in from the end? My magic tape measure reads 12 3/8". Consider that there will be a 1" overlap on the tread below, so you can consider the run to be 11 3/8" on the walking line. The rise will be 6.4166", give or take a few thousandths.
That multiplies out to about 73, a good number for outside stairs. This will be the fourth set of spirals here.
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Brought up the first of 4 sections from the very tight grain log, and unfortunately, I think it will be the last.

It turned out to be extremely difficult to cut, even with a sharp blade. I did manage a 6" thick slab, which is patiently sitting there waiting for me to flip it and make door wood from.

I tried to count the rings, but as it was starting to get quite dusky at the time, I wasn't able. However, I took a couple of pics to try and do a count on the 'puter.

The nails are 1" apart as a reference. Cannot quite count the very outside, but I get 27 on the next one and 25 after that.

Now here's the thing...I don't know what kind of wood this is.

When it was floating in the chuck, I thought it was fir, as it was a very high floater. My friend came down this afternoon and has had a similar log cut on his mill. He suggested Hemlock, but they are always 95%+ in the water. The other option hereabouts could be Sitka or Engelman spruce. I have had a nice Sitka before, but it cut easily, whereas this one did not.
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This is the fat end of the same log. That big black mark on the left is water stain from the hole which they bore through on the boom logs. I was only about 2" away from the hole when I chainsawed the end off.
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That multiplies out to about 73, a good number for outside stairs. This will be the fourth set of spirals here.
I thought I was the only guy that used that equation...

run times rise should aim for '75' if I recall... ie: 10 " run x 7.5 " rise
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You're almost exactly right.

The number should be between 75 and 80. However, when your legs get older like mine, a lower rise is easier to walk up and down. When I first worked the steps out, it could either be exactly a 7" rise, or the 6.4".

The 6.4 requires an extra step, but considering what my wood cost is, that wasn't really a factor. The spirals inside the house are also quite low, around 6 3/8", also with a nice deep tread.
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Amazing thread. What a gift for design and execution you have. The pics of your mill operating are fascinating as well. Along with many other pics.

Makes me think about home, I am from Oregon originally. I know all about rain squalls!
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What part of Oregon are you from? I have exquisite memories of that fantastic drive down the Oregon coast. Just stunning.
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Managed to get a fair portion of the wood cut to build the new woodshed just off the back deck. It's only going to be 10' by 12', but it's going to be somewhat up in the air on one side, as the ground slopes a fair bit. Therefore it will consume a fair amount of lumber.
About 2/3 of which is in these pics.
2 x 10's for the main beams, 2 x 8's for the floor joists, 6 x 6 support posts, 2 x 6's for the floor and then regular 2 x 4 wall construction from there.
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Here's a wheel barrow load of stair treads for the front spiral stairs.
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