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Good Days And Bad Ones Anyone?

I've only been at this for a couple weeks now.  I got a pretty good stack of lumber and a good stack of firewood. I'm learning that some logs are just junk and that's ok. I've learned that pine cuts square, hackberry is Swiss cheese and oak is pretty but it takes two people to pick up a board. 

Does anyone else have good days where every board cuts square and smooth, all your stacks end up with just the right number of boards, and the last board of each log is exactly the right thickness? 

And then, for some reason, the very next day, everything has a wave, the blade leaves saw marks on every board, the last board is a 2 1/2 x 6 3/4, and my last layer of boards on the pile only has 2 boards?

You never know. But I'm getting more good than bad and having fun even on the bad days. 

Post Oakie
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I know what you mean.  I tell people that even a "bad" day at the sawmill is better than a "good" day behind a desk!  I do hate to see it getting dark at the end of the day on the mill.  I've even awakened in the middle of the night with the solution to some issue with the mill.  In the early days of milling, I noticed what you describe, but there is always a reason... something different about the mill, the logs, or the sawyer.  I push a little harder early in the day when I'm fresh, and so anxious to make lumber that I let small things slide.  With experience, you'll quickly figure out any issues and correct most of them (usually with a fresh blade) before they are noticeable to anyone else.

Sounds like you're learning quickly, but be ready for surprises (though oak will always be heavy).  You'll eventually cut some amazing hackberry.  Keep enjoying, and let us know how its going!

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I have had those type of days fore sure. I have only been logging for 3yrs but figure that when I am cutting for rough lumber to frame and build a building waves don't bother me as long as dimensions are the same. If its for furniture etc. well I will plane it any way so for me there is no sense in letting it bother me.

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