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Project by ldl posted 03-24-2013 12:25 PM 1124 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cedar tree split several years ago and one side just this big fell on my house. There was no real damage except for a small hole pushed up in one shingle which was easily replaced. I was really lucky there. I have finally decided to start planning for a new shop and it will go just to the right of this tree. Since it had already split I decided it would probably be a good idea to remove the other half as it was pretty much rotting down low in the larger part of the stump. Didn’t want it falling on my shop in the future. I will come back later and saw the stump down lower and maybe salvage some more of it. Might put a table top on it later don’t know yet.

My son and I cut it down this weekend. It was 70’ +- tall. I cut it in 9’ sections with the plans of maybe having the larger sections sawed up for boards and turning the smaller end and branches. I will finish trimming the limbs out and keep down to a couple of inches in dia for turning. This should last a while.

The last picture shows limbs on a slab left from the removal of an old apartment I had removed last year. If the walls hadn’t been cracking bad I thought about just adding on to it but the roof was really bad and sides bout to fall so just removed it except for the slab. This is where my shop will sit.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -





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GENET

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 12:38 PM

DEWAYNE BE SURE YOU PAINT THE ENDS OF THE PIECES YOU ARE INTENDING TO TURN. I CUT ONE DOWN AT MY CHURCH AND DID NOT SEAL THE ENDS AND IT SPLIT 7 WAYS FROM SUNDAY. NOW THE MOST OF IT IS USELESS FOR TURNING OR ANYTHING EXCEPT FIRE WOOD.

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hunter71

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 12:42 PM

Nice tree, lots of red in that one.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Wdwerker

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 01:07 PM

Either use thick coats of paint or wax on the end grain to slow the drying and prevent cracks. If you cut blanks for the lathe or chainsaw some planks weigh them and note the weigh and date on each piece. When the weight has stabilized you are close to useable wood.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Wdwerker

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 01:13 PM

Either use thick coats of paint or wax on the end grain to slow the drying and prevent cracks. If you cut blanks for the lathe or chainsaw some planks weigh them and note the weigh and date on each piece. When the weight has stabilized you are close to useable wood.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 03:14 PM

This will be fun…Good for you and good luck. I look fwd to seeing some work you produce out of the tree.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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ldl

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 06:54 PM

Thanks for the comments.

It rained all the rest of yesterday so couldn’t get out to paint but will do it Monday. I had company today so couldn’t get to it. I used some latex paint on the last blanks I cut and it werked pretty good so I will get them painted early tomorrow morning. Maybe the sun hasn’t done much damage today.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Bigrock

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 08:50 PM

Hi:
That is some real read Cedar. I hope you don’t take you so long to get the stump up. By the way you have a great location for your shop.
Have Fun

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 01:11 PM

Dewayne,
That tree should keep you busy making projects for a while. Looks good!
Sorry I’m late to the party. My ATT email has been so messed up the last few weeks. I lost a bunch of email’s.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ldl

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#9 posted 04-11-2013 07:42 PM

Thanks for the comment. I haven’t been up to much lately tending to other things. Hope to get busy soon.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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