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600 Board Feet of Pecan Lumber!

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Project by PGreene posted 1938 days ago 11392 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had two large pecan trees in the back yard that needed to come down. One was pushing up the concrete in front of the shop and the other was dangerously hanging over the house in two directions. The wife gave me the go ahead to cut them down and mill them into lumber! Tim Moore from Tim’s Custom Saw in Wilson, NC came over with his portable saw mill and we spent the day cutting pecan. I got about 600 board feet of 4/4 lumber at 6” wide. I also had some 12” boards cut for door pannels. I got some 12/4 beams for table legs. The prize of the day was a large crotch piece that took about half of out time but was well worth it. I got some bowl pieces from it, but most was cut into 6/4 slabs for table tops. The crotch is GORGEOUS!!! Not counting the crotch slabs, I figure 600 board feet of lumber at 2.25 a ft would cost over $1300. This cost me just $300 to have sawn! Now I just have to wait for it to season and you will all be seeing a lot of pecan projects up here!

-- Patrick





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Mountain

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#1 posted 1938 days ago

Be sure to paint or wax the ends of the boards. this should keep them from checking. keep them out of the direct sun. Dry then slowly. Good luck

-- Sevitski

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 1938 days ago

I am drooling…alot!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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PGreene

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#3 posted 1938 days ago

Yeah I went through a lot of waxed-shellac sealing the ends. This pile is actually beside an equal pile of southern yellow pine I had cut 2 years ago. It is covered by a tin-roofed leanto and off the ground by about 12-14 inches.

-- Patrick

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croquetman

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#4 posted 1938 days ago

Man, that looks great. My experience with the pecan I milled from my daughter’s hurricane Isabel tree has been fantastic. Wow grain, and buttery texture. However, it is HARD! And it’s narley. But worth every bit of the trouble. Enjoy.

-- Whatever

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1938 days ago

Ditto on the drooling want to send some up to Mass. :>

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Napaman

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#6 posted 1938 days ago

nice…so do you think this service is available—-where would I look in the phone book???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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PGreene

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#7 posted 1938 days ago

Matt –
Judging from your signature line, I’m guessing that you live in CA. Since I live in NC, I’m guessing my guy wouldn’t make the trip! I found my guy through a friend that had some logs sawn. Chances are if you ask around in your area you will find several. I’ve heard you have to be careful about pricing or someone who will offer to cut lumber in exchange for half your lumber. Before you do this READ UP. There is a lot of info out there on stacking, stickering, and drying lumber.

-- Patrick

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Paul

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#8 posted 1938 days ago

Matt,
Craigs List in my area has several people who will run sawmills for you. Do a Craigslist search on
“Sawmill’ or “rough cut lumber”
Good luck, I had some Alder cut up and was very satisfied with the result.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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Paul

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#9 posted 1938 days ago

Matt,
Craigs List in my area has several people who will run sawmills for you. Do a Craigslist search on
“Sawmill’ or “rough cut lumber”
Good luck, I had some Alder cut up and was very satisfied with the result.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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scrappy

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#10 posted 1938 days ago

Great score on the lumber. Small investment to get rid of a problem tree and still get to keep it! haha

Looking forward to seeing what projects come of it.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 1938 days ago

Patrick, this is a wonderful save. Congrats on the lumber. I really enjoy seeing posts like this. Several years ago I had to take out two ash and a cherry tree. The cherry was about 3 feet in diameter and would have yielded a ton of lumber. I tried and simply could not find anyone willing to mill it. Needless to say I stayed at work rather than see it cut down and hauled off for firewood.

I am looking forward to seeing the projects from this.

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

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rustfever

621 posts in 1943 days


#12 posted 1938 days ago

Patrick,
You have learned a valuable lesson. Urban Forest Lumber is a double win! I have a number of species of wood in the ‘Drying Rick’ for future projects. You, as I, will some time in the future, find a use for this and other lumber you will save from the landfill or the fireplace. Go For It!
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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rustfever

621 posts in 1943 days


#13 posted 1938 days ago

Patrick,
You have learned a valuable lesson. Urban Forest Lumber is a double win! I have a number of species of wood in the ‘Drying Rick’ for future projects. You, as I, will some time in the future, find a use for this and other lumber you will save from the landfill or the fireplace. Go For It!
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Napaman

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#14 posted 1938 days ago

thanks everyone for the idea to look on craig’s list…i will check now…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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blackcherry

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#15 posted 1938 days ago

I love the phase” DROOL DROOL DROOL” this is such a treasure chest of some not so often used wood. I once had a console TV made out of Pecan and the grain was special. Take the advise of Mountain and seal the ends, again this is a special lot enjoy and thanks for posting …Blkcherry

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