Biting off more than you can chew

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Project by FordMike posted 03-24-2010 07:58 AM 4216 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This job started off with a phone call while I was 40 feet up topping a backyard walnut tree, the call was froma local arborist that had a large Sycamore she had fell in a back yard and the property owner wanted the tree utilized instead of cut for firewood. I aid I would stop by that evening and look at it but my schedule was full and I was going on vacation the next weekend. Stopped and saw the tree, typical backyard monster 48” by 9 feet to the crotch with 30” limbs 20’ long. Bad access and, no time, needed to be done asap. Of course I said yes, the wood was gorgeous and I could re-schedule my other two trees. First two pics are the tree as left by the tree company, second two are the tree after I trimmed to 24” wide for my mill, and the last two are the slabs after milling being stacked at my storage property. In the last pics the black specks are from some walnut slabs that also went to the storage area. The tree netted over 700bf of 3” slabs all cut as close to quarter sawn as possible.

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 12:35 PM

Good looking wood, would have been a shame to see it in the fire place.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 01:12 PM


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#3 posted 03-24-2010 02:07 PM

Very nice lumber…. If only I had access to stuff like that…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 02:27 PM

Drooool !


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#5 posted 03-24-2010 02:57 PM

Cool Score !!!

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 10:42 PM

Sadly, the awesome pink will fade almost as quickly as you cut it. still, if you quartered it, the rays in Sycamore can be pretty special, especially at that scale!

-- Steven

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 12:11 AM

wish i could get a bite like that. killer score.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 01:49 AM

OK I am confused. I thought that the only good wood to saw for wood projects was the main trunk and not any limbs, no matter how big they are. I was told those limbs were called “wild wood” and no matter how they were dried they were unstable and would warp and twist years down the road. Any how you got some great looking wood there.


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#10 posted 03-25-2010 08:00 AM

In this case the limbs as i referred to them are twin trunks each around 32” diameter, my bad. I’v had bad luck previously with limb wood and avoid it altogether except to cut it for stickers and other non-essential stuff, pallets material etc..

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 12:45 PM

lets see some pics of your mill. looks real good.

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 02:39 AM

I’m in awe. I wish I could find some wood like that here.

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 03:05 AM

Great find and good save

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#14 posted 03-20-2011 06:58 AM

I’m in awe of the manpower involved. Nice cache.

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