I just took down a black walnut with a friend of mine to get milled
up. The last time I milled a black walnut, we just through and
through milled it. However, I was wondering if perhaps I should
quarter saw it or plain mill it instead. The logs are from about 12"
to 18" diameter. Any suggestions?
Personally, I prefer flatsawn walnut - QS just doesn't do much for me
in this species. You ask how you SHOULD mill it - that depends on how
it will be used! Is it for your own use? If so, how do you like it?
If you're selling it, most opinions I've heard seem to be for
plainsawn over quartersawn. Or ask some of your customers! One thing
I'd suggest would be to do some of it in 8/4 - I was looking for some
of that recently, and my local dealer didn't have any at all, saying
walnut has been in high demand and hard to get recently.
Just my opinions - hope they help!
Plain mill or mill straight through. With the amount of waste from
quartersawing, you won't get boards of enough width to make them as
useful as the flat sawn material is. If you want any 2x material, take
it from the thickest logs.
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