planing walnut beam
One of the best features of this type of sawmill is that the cutting head moves across the lumber, leaving this oversized lumber stationary. Here, we've replaced the 60" wide blade with a small carbide planer head. After 1 to 5 years of drying these slabs can't help but move a bit. So, once the moisture content has dropped to appropriate levels, we plan them back off here. The pic to the left is of a really thick walnut slab. I'm hoping to complete one more piece (a heavy bench) to take with us to High Point next week.