Had a few pieces of furniture to make, so went by the sawmill and
bought 70 bdft of cherry. Saw mill (also a friend) gives me two
prices, $1.50 if I take it as it comes off the stack, and he'll decide
later if I pick and choose. So I take it as it comes off the stack,
knowing my yield will be about 50-60%
Why do I always do that?
So I spend two days cutting to rough length, edge jointing, ripping to
get most of the cup out, face jointing, planing, then rejointing to
square it up, then ripping it true getting ready to glue up my panels,
working around knots, splits, sapwood, and thin spots where my buddy
got a little off with his portable sawmill.
I end up with my good wood, two five gallon buckets of fireplace
kindling, a bucket full of smoker chunks, a pile of shorts that will
be mixed with other species to become multi-color cutting boards, and
about a hundred gallons of chips from the machines, most of it planer
shavings, which make the most volume.
So what do you do with your chips?