Milling Red Elm

Milling a very hard but beautiful Red Elm tree (Ulmus rubra), also called Slippery Elm, on Sunday.

Milling Ash With a New Set-up

A carpenter ant infested green ash crotch being milled using a piece of heavy aluminum C-channel on sawhorses as a guide for the first cut.  Also the standard 20 inch bar on the Stihl 039 has been replaced with a 24 inch bar and a rip-cut milled chain.  The extra four inches and a new bar make a big difference in getting good true and flat cuts.

new set up

It would have been better had it not been filled with a colony of carpenter ants, but still nice wood.

Ash crotch 1

A little better towards the edge, just not as interesting.

Ash crotch 2

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