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Blog entry by JoshO posted 10-03-2009 01:39 AM 877 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just thought I would post my disbelief of what I just found on Craigslist. A big walnut tree that the owner is giving away claims good lumber or is going to become firewood – Can you believe that?

-- What do you mean it's square? How did that happen?

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#1 posted 10-03-2009 02:00 AM

Where?/ Where??? let’s go grab it before we see the smoke!!!!

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 10-03-2009 02:24 AM

How about posting the link to the Walnut along with your disbelief ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 02:37 AM

Go get that log if it kills ya :-)

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 03:08 AM

That’s how I get all my wood….so far linden, maple, apple, and American elm…and since you live in Iowa, you have much more access to hard woods than I have…good hunting. And it’s a good idea to get to be friends with tree surgeons. They often just grind them up for mulch. Scary, huh? But get yourself a good metal detector…a guy from around here in western South Dakota drove to Minnesota to get a 30 inch walnut tree…and when he brought it back to the Black Hills to have a sawyer slice it up….it was FULL of bullets. So a really good metal detector (mine’s handheld) will search out the problems before you put a lot of work into it. My handheld is an Atlas and can find metal in wood to a depth of about 7 inches. Not totally foolproof but better than nothing. A really big metal detector for searching out coins and such on beaches and underground would certainly be much more but will find problems deeper in the wood. Watch the want ads for metal detectors because guys are always upgrading. Mine set me back $250 new…but you might find a bigger one even cheaper.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 03:17 AM

jump on it man beg borrow or steal to get it home

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 10-03-2009 02:20 PM

The difference between a cow and steaks…

I’ve had dozens of opportunities to get “free” lumber in the form of trees (still standing) and logs (left by tree services). The devil is in the details…

As Barry has pointed out, the bigger and older a tree is, the more likely it has caught a bullet. Bullets saw relatively easily, but nails and old fence wire doesn’t. Most sawyers will cut for .25-.50/bf PLUS the cost of any blades they ruin hitting metal. Still works out to a good deal if you are cutting a lot of lumber.

If you’ve ever cut wet lumber, you know you need to stack and sticker it. Forget about where you get all of those stickers from for a second, and go lift a 30” slab of walnut that is 10’ long. Ok, now go lie down for a minute. It’s at least a 2 man job, and both of you better be big strong guys. Also, make sure you’ve got a lemon handy to get all of the tanin stains off of you afterwards.

If someone calls me with free wood, I bring my chainsaw for turning blocks. If I need flat stock, I pay the extra from the local sawyer for them to cut and dry it. Making a tree into lumber is a lot of sweat equity…

-- Steven

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