Cutting down oak tree for future furniture

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Blog entry by RJS posted 02-23-2013 05:20 AM 3514 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to tie a set of rope blocks to the top of the tree and anchor the other end to a live tree and pull with a truck, and push with the tractor to make the tree finally fall. The tree is about 30ft. tall and 34in. in diameter at the base. This tree died by a lightning strike in 2008. I recently purchased a granberg 36in. Alaskan mill and plan to purchase a Stihl 660 chainsaw with a 36in. Bar. A few jocks have given me some great advise to get started. Please enjoy the video, if anybody has any suggestions about milling, what length, thickness, maximizing my cuts for the most amount of lumber. I would welcome and appreciate the advise.


-- RJ

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 02:33 PM

Having cut a good amount of lumber with a chainsaw and hauling logs to band saw mill, I would recommend finding a way to load the logs and haul. The 660 is too small. 36”, you need the biggest saw available. Lot of work modifying chains, gathering and making all the appliances you need for chain milling. Logging is also extremely taxing work, Good luck and keep us posted on how it turns out.

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 12:31 PM

Sounds like fun…...FYI – You can save yourself a whole BUNCH of money (and still have lots of fun) by hiring out a local with a portable bandsaw (e.g. Woodmizer) that will come to the site and customer cut your boards right there on the spot.

Still today here in NE Ohio, it only costs .25/bd-ft to have someone come to the site and custom cut trees into lumber. I’ve done this many times with cherry’s, ash, maple trees that needed to come down – 1000’s of bd-ft.

Key for me was to get it done, handle the boards as few times as possible, get the boards out fast so they didn’t get rained on, then paint the ends and sticker ASAP. Worked out really well for me.

Be safe and have fun – take photos….Buckeyedudes.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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