Milling boards from White Oak logs

March 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final product, clear quarter sawn white oak in sizes not easy to come by.  This particular piece will become the Tirrik's chunky mast step.

 

 

 

 

A homemade chainsaw mill is used to cut the logs into slabs

 After some work a few good slabs were produced. 

 More boards will be cut from these logs.  It will take several months to dry outdoors before the wood is ready to use.  Slow air-drying produces the most stable lumber.

 

 

 Natural bends like these are harvested for their curved grain.  This utilizes their extreme strength for specific boat parts.

 

 

 

 

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