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  • stupid question?? lol, gonna cut down a tree...

    ok, i have a couple of maples that i plan to cut down this summer. any suggestions how i can get some bodies out of this?
    is that appropriate?
    do i just take a log to a cutter and have it chopped into planks?
    what sizes would be reasonable for future handling/crafting?

    any suggestions are appreciated.
    i miss you, mark
    r.i.p. rudy

  • #2
    Cool idea. Be careful.
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    • #3
      A decent sawyer can look at the logs and optimize what cuts you can get from it. Just get it kiln dryed when cut to minimize warping and cracking.

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      • #4
        Make sure to take your time drying it. Drying wood properly is a whole art and science by itself. Here's a link and another one. Don't cut it up till it is completely dried, else the boards will warp. Once it's cut, use it within a month so humidity changes don't cause warping.

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        • #5
          Careful cdawg, even if you do it right, it's a lot of extra work.
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          • #6
            Doesn't have to be kiln dried, but the ends will need to be sealed and you'll need to sticker it for about a year per inch of thickness as a rule of thumb. I'd suggest hiring a service that can mill on the spot. Most of the usable lumber is going to be in the first 10-12 feet IIRC, I forget the specific term. The rest is pretty much going to be firewood.

            Sizes depend on what you want to do with it and what you've got to work with. If you're just doing solidbody guitars, than 8/4 and 4/4 should suffice.
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