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Blog entry by SplinteredBoard posted 1736 days ago 1124 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, here’s the deal. A friend of ours had a Locust Wood tree (not sure if it’s black or honey) cut down recently. I don’t want the wood to go to waste, so I’m trying to get it milled into logs.

Real saw mills won’t talk to me since the logs are all 2 feet in diameter x 2 feet long. Logs that short are unstable and dangerous.

I found a guy in my area who will do it, but there are several variables that might not make this a reality.

1) I have not been there and seen the logs yet. I’m going this weekend. They may be trash, there may only be a few logs, or only worth it as firewood.
2) I may not be able to transport the logs. With a bad back and a minivan as my only resources…
3) The guy who may do this said he usually tries to get at least $200 for a milling job. It may be financially not worth it. And he has no use for free wood – I already asked.

So, if you could help me spread the word, I would like to know if anyone would like to share the cost and get some short locust wood?

I’m in the West suburbs of Chicago, so if you are in the area, let’s try to get some kind of deal going to share the cost and the wood!

Thanks,
Rick

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire



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RavinHeart

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#1 posted 1736 days ago

I am in mid-Wisconsin … I am going to be in the Chicago area in for a Training day with Microsoft on Dec 3rd … I could be interested in taking part … small projects and turning … How much wood are we talking about ? AAAhhh … ends up they moved the date and place on me now I just found out (from the guy that was going to be my ride down) ... but … I may still be interested … I have a small pickup, and know of one other person that may be able to help I may also be able to talk him into go in on it too ...

-- RavinHeart - Wisconsin

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SplinteredBoard

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#2 posted 1736 days ago

RavinHeart,
I’m not sure how many logs there are.
I’ll be going out there this Saturday to see. I’ll take pictures and post them.
I hope to have this all taken care of by the 3rd. But I can definitely save some logs for you if you want.
Remember, though, these are VERY green.

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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RavinHeart

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#3 posted 1736 days ago

turning green is ok … anything else can go in the shed with some other stuff i have drying … in a few years it’ll be good .. keep me udated …

-- RavinHeart - Wisconsin

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Julian

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#4 posted 1735 days ago

I’m in the south suburbs. I’ve got a 14” bandsaw that has a 12” resaw capacity. For a log that size I would probably split it in half, then I could run it through the bandsaw. Where are you located?

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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SplinteredBoard

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#5 posted 1735 days ago

Julian,
I’m in Naperville, and the logs are in a small neighborhood south of Niles.
Do you think you would be able to saw them?

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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SplinteredBoard

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#6 posted 1731 days ago

So, I went over to pick up some of the locust wood logs yesterday. I had to help the owner roll some of the logs (only 1-2 feet long) into the backyard as chairs/stools.

I only ended up taking one of the logs home. It was about 18”x18”x18”. I’m not sure what to do with it yet, but I’ll find something…

Anyway, does anyone know how to seal stumps like these so they don’t rot? The owner, like I said, wants to use them as stools/chairs in the back yard, but doesn’t want them to rot.

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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