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Backyard Alder Milling #1: Cut it down

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Blog entry by damnHippie posted 2404 days ago 835 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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December of 2006 brought, among other things like holiday cheer and a trip to the north east, a massive rain storm followed by record high winds to Seattle. The winds brought down many trees in the area, and our neighbors had 7 fall from the greenbelt in their back yard into their house and property. Our trees and yard survived without issue.

During the cleanup of their yard, a rather sketchy “tree service” indicated a couple cedars were threatening our house. I didn’t trust the guy, but I did trust the arborist that came out a week later and said the cedars were fine but that an old 80 foot alder was a real danger.

They came out a few months ago and cut down the majority of the tree. I had them cut the main trunk into 8-foot segments, with the idea that I’d be able to rent a mobile band saw mill and get some good furniture lumber from it.

I couldn’t find a mobile band saw mill, but I did find LumberJock Dorje! He is willing to help me get this stuff cut, with his chain saw and milling attachment. I will document the process with text and images (once I take some) here.

You guys have no idea how stoked I am that this site exists, and brings a community of woodworkers together.

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P



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Pete Santos

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#1 posted 2404 days ago

I get my logs cut down at NW Woods in Puyallup. They have mill service and kiln service too, but you have to bring it to them. I Dropped a truck load of Port Orford Cedar and picked it up 3 days later.

There is a guy on Craigslist that travels all over washington with his mill. He was in Hood Canal and the Kitsap area recently. I think he also offers tree falling services too.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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Dorje

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#2 posted 2404 days ago

Hippie – Looking forward to it! The wind and the rain bring (down) blessings in disguise.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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rikkor

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#3 posted 2404 days ago

Can’t wait to see the milling, then a project or two from this lumber.

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Russel

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#4 posted 2404 days ago

Ooooooo fresh cut lumber. The only problem being you now have to wait for it to dry and it will sit there and taunt you. Happy cutting.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2404 days ago

That is a wonderful re-use of materials. You could have easily cut up the tree for firewood and let it go at that. But generating your own lumber is a rewarding experience. Two years ago I tried the same route. I had two large ashes and a large cherry that had to be cut. I tried without success to find a sawyier to convert them to lumber but there wasn’t anyone willing to do this. I can say without a doubt seeing the cherry go for firewood really hurt.

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

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#6 posted 2404 days ago

way to go LumberJocks!! :)

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Karson

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#7 posted 2404 days ago

Gtreat that you are/were able to make contact. It’s a good thing to get some great wood for a reasonable price., and sweat equity.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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rpmurphy509

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#8 posted 2404 days ago

I’d be suspect about this ‘supposed’ tree until we all see some pictures ;)

Have any project in mind for the planks once they’re cut and dry?

-- Still learning everything

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damnHippie

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#9 posted 2404 days ago

I don’t have anything specific in mind. I want to see how much wood, what it looks like, etc, before I start thinking about projects for it. But I do have a lot of furniture ideas in general for my house, so it will probably be used there. And, I have a friend who makes electric guitars and is interested in some of the wood…

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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