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Old 02-10-09   #1 (permalink)
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is ash good for milling?

Removing ash tree next week. Its a large straight piece.

Wondering if its any good for milling ?

Also is birch any good?
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Re: is ash good for milling?

It is wood so it will mill!
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Re: is ash good for milling?

it sure is, the problem is getting it on a trailer and taking it to suitable mill, lanarkshire hardwoods the only i know locally about 45 from Glasgow, with all the hassle sometimes cross cutting and firewooding seems easier
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Re: is ash good for milling?

Doh! Yeah sorry..got lazy while writing post.

I know it will mill! i am not planning to sell wood and its a nice piece so firewood would be a waste if its good for funiture making. Not planning to sell the millied timber ( will be cutting it on site ) just wondering if its any good for making tables etc. Is it good to for that?

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Re: is ash good for milling?

mill it, stack, air dry it and it'll make some really sturdy furniture like kitchen "farm" tables etc. Twill be durable and weather resistant if used for outdoor use as well. Make good use of it!

I had planked a Lebanese Cedar years ago, promising to get a large kitchen table made from it (although Leb Ced is soft) the year it was ready and I had a big enough house, some kind person set fire to the lot!
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Re: is ash good for milling?

Try this guy, though if you only have one stick you'll have to deliver it.

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Re: is ash good for milling?

Ash commands big bucks down ere for plankin
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mill it, stack, air dry it and it'll make some really sturdy furniture like kitchen "farm" tables etc. Twill be durable and weather resistant if used for outdoor use as well. Make good use of it!

I had planked a Lebanese Cedar years ago, promising to get a large kitchen table made from it (although Leb Ced is soft) the year it was ready and I had a big enough house, some kind person set fire to the lot!
Why they burn you timber! assholes

Its rare i come across good timber for milling..had took down a lovely ,large and straight cherry about year ago and didn't have alaskan mill then..wasn't happy cutting it into discs on site. This time i am going to make sure i got a mill.

First time doing this so will have to research more about drying timber etc.

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Re: is ash good for milling?

That's the ideal situation for planking it on site with an Alaskan mill!!

Ash is a great timber although more for indoors rather than out. Even better if it has turned a lovely brown colour on the inside (called olive ash) if there has been the right sort of decay going on....

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Re: is ash good for milling?

straight butts dont always get the premium prices, natural bends in certain timbers are sought after but knowing what and to whom seems the hardwood merchants secrets. there is a good site called scottish hardwoods worth a look at.
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