Saving money by urban logging #1: Felled black walnut trees for the taking

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Blog entry by Julian posted 11-03-2008 11:48 PM 1730 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 11-04-2008 12:21 AM

Julian, what you are doing is wonderful. The service that you are providing is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Now that you have a kiln maybe you can turn the wood around quicker. But it sounds as if you need to expand your storage facility.

Have fun.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 11-04-2008 12:43 AM

Just remember, some people pay extra for air dried lumber. I think the kiln gives you more dark colored lumber, but it supposedly removes depth of color from the heartwood. I haven’t seen enough to give a completely informed opinion, but my limited experience seems to show some credence to that. Good luck and have fun. Keep us posted on how it goes. This is an adventure I wish I could get into, but its not in the cards for me at the moment.

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#3 posted 11-04-2008 02:39 AM

I am so jealous ;}....and I share your addiction…want to trade for some Pecan.?.hehe…Anyway good score my friend, I keep hoping I will run across a stray Walnut tree in these Texas Pecan Orchards…..I am getting geared up to mill my Pecan logs from the last big storm since the weather is perfect now….on my list is to build a portable solar kiln and eventually a whole bank of them, Cause I need a faster turn around time on slabs, took me about a year to air dry what I am crunching into furniture now….

Anyway, good score, and keep up the “green” good work…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#4 posted 11-04-2008 02:45 AM

There will be more than enough lumber to go around when I get it all milled up. I’d love to trade/sell some of it, since I probably won’t use all of it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Daren Nelson

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#5 posted 11-04-2008 02:55 AM

Ah oh…someone else has been bit by the urban logging bug. Good for you Julian ! Spread the word brother. I got a couple walnut logs myself today ;)
(and 2-24”x11’ logs are 550 bft…still a steal for $100)

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#6 posted 11-05-2008 03:18 AM

treecycle,right on.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#7 posted 11-05-2008 03:22 AM

what a score and a save!... Is there a black walnut epidemic right now?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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