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#1 posted 04-05-2012 03:44 PM

Whether it’s enough usable lumber is up for you to decide. It really depend on what you make. If you’re a pen turner, then that’s a lot of wood. If you’re a table maker, probably enough for 1 table or so.

Whether you can get it processed or not is going to vary from mill to mill if that’s your route, but one of my local mills is 12” small end minimum and 12’ length minimum (void of limbs or bends). If you bring that in, you have to have an entire truckload before they’ll do it.

If you’re cutting it yourself, you can be the judge on what’s usable. Remember that it’s going to take around a year for that stuff to air dry if you cut it to 3/4” stock. These should be small enough to bring to a kiln though.

Do you plan on cutting this yourself and, if so, what are you cutting it with?

I cut my own lumber, but I have small 30” diameter logs and larger 50”+ diameter logs. Anything smaller than that is usually not worth my time (my chainsaw mill turns a lot of the smaller sizes into wasted sawdust). It is a major effort to cut, transport, and finish each piece.

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