Alder Lumber from the mill

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This is now dry for a year and about ready to use, last August I took a few smaller Red Alder trees from my property to a guy with a sawmill, for about $140 he cut it up. Will be used for a variety of projects as it is a nice looking wood when finished. Kind of in between hardwood and softwood.

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

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#1 posted 08-08-2009 04:54 PM

Nice pile / drooling…Blkcherry

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#2 posted 08-08-2009 05:12 PM

Wow, lucky you!!! Alder is a great wood to work with. Back in my high school woodshop days I went through a lot of alder. I’m looking foward to seeing what you make.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 06:19 PM

That is a really nice looking stash of wood that you have. And coming from your own property makes this even better.

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

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 06:23 PM

Thats the way to get wood. When I go to the sawmill I buy that pile/ that pile or that pile.

Too much wood and too litle time. I’m going to have to use 1000 bd ft a year to get rid of all of mine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 06:32 PM

Karson, I would gladly help you work through that 1000 bd ft a year LOL! We have five…no four trees on our yard. I think they’d be missed if I had them planked :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 07:56 PM

Nice haul!

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#7 posted 08-08-2009 08:08 PM

I love working with alder…it has a very nice grain pattern. It works like fir…but holds up like oak….

It is also very nice for turning….

I sure envy you for that nice stack….droooling like blackcherry…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 08-08-2009 08:58 PM

Nice stack of wood there. We use a lot of Alder in building cabinets at work. Both clear alder and rustic alder. Beautiful cabinets whether stained or finished natural.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 08-09-2009 03:11 AM

Alder makes great solid body guitars.. . fender used to use alder for their strats. Older strats sound unreal… I like to think it is the wood…..they may still use it for American made, but who knows about china and mexican made…

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#10 posted 08-09-2009 03:35 AM

stacks up as something very cool

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-12-2010 07:43 PM

Cutting your own wood is nice. Air dried wood is great to work with.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#12 posted 06-13-2010 08:29 AM

great idea, my father inlaw, signed his house over to my wife one day when we have use of it next 1-2 years, l may do this with his forest 3 acers of oak, ash, maple, other nice tall straight tree’s past 24 years he used just dead tree’s for fire wood.
My friend across from me his family has had local saw mill for past 50 plus years they do this type work just never thought of it for now .
Should wood cut from forest dry for a min of 12 months and inside or out/
Curious so when l do above l do it right

-- jim

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 06:50 PM

That’s a nice pile of wood.

I’ve an Elm tree I’ve had my eye on since I moved into the house. It’s at least 2-3 metres in diameter and is ridiculously tall. It’s in a park though, and there’s been a couple complaints about it looking like its falling; perhaps I’ll work something out with the tree removers.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 07:19 PM

The original post is nearly two years old. I hope it is something more than a pile of wood by now.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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