I’m going to be sawing birch for the first time here soon. The last time the mill cut birch was twenty years ago and we don’t have any sawyers that have been there that long. Any advice on the characteristics of the wood that will give me an idea of what to expect would be appreciated.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
The outside of a log can provide a great deal of white lumber, so flatsawing is the best choice with 180 degree rotation from the opening face to the next face. The best results will be obtained with 4/4, unless your experience with the first few logs shows that the wood is good throughout the log with little or no brown heart. If good, then thicker is ok. The brown heart is next to worthless, so perhaps cants that box the heart would be best.