Recently, I have put out the word to friends about my plans to use lumber that would otherwise be cut into firewood. Well it has paid off already. A good friend of mine has found 2-24”x11’ clear black walnut trees that have been cut down. The owner of them was going to cut them into firewood, till my buddy asked him if he’d be interested in parting with them for a small fee. To make a long story short, I will be picking the logs up for $100 for both! I figure that there’s just under 800bf of useable lumber, so figure 25 cents per foot for milling, and $60 for gas, and that adds up to $360 for 800 feet of beautiful black walnut lumber.
Now I need to build a nice storage shed to house all of this lumber that is coming my way. My garage woodshop can’t possible hold all of the wood I will soon have. I already have a few hundred feet of 4/4 white oak, a few hundred feet of 8/4 african mahogany, plus a bunch of cherry, and quartersawn sycamore, and soon will have 250 feet of red elm to add to it.
I’m really hooked on the idea of using locally harvested trees for lumber instead of them being wasted as firewood.
-- Julian, Park Forest, IL