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Forum topic by JoshNZ posted 09-28-2015 08:44 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2015 08:44 AM

My neighbour has an old chestnut tree he’s taken down. Told me this evening he has a guy coming at noon tomorrow to chainsaw it into bits, so he can throw it over his bank.

Looking around, it looks to be quite a useful timber. I have no means of milling it just yet, though I’ve been looking into a chainsaw mill. I wondered if it is worth the effort. Not exactly sure of the species but whatever chestnut type it was, if it had no rot, would you?
The piece in question is about 16ft long and 4ft wide. Probably weighs in at 2-3 ton. I haven’t got anything that would dead lift it but I have a 1.5ton forklift. Tandem axle trailer, a few tractors… Maybe enough to get it out of there with some creative thinking :S


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 09:27 AM

Chestnut isn’t very common these days, so it tends to be pretty expensive. It can be beautiful depending on the particulars. I’d look into salvaging it.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 10:28 AM

Yes I would mill it. Look on the Woodmizer site to find some local to your area and contact them to see what they would charge.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 10:29 AM

back home and back in the time chestnut was commonly used as a “base” wood to build cabinets that will later be veneered. I bought several of these cabinets for very little money because the veneer was damaged. I completely removed the veneer and I refinished the cabinets, they are beautiful.The wood can be very figured a little bit like ash-wood or even oak.( I believe)
So to answer your question: it is well worth milling. If I remember well, this wood tends to splinter quite a bit but it is very usable and beautiful. This is semi hard wood, like poplar or similar.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 11:41 AM

It is almost surely chinese chestnut which us resistant to the blight. Not the same wood that the old stuff was made from. It will not command a premium price. Lumber value will be about what red oak lumber sells for.

Look at the leaves. If they are fuzzy or hairy on the underside, it is chinese chestnut. American chestnut will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom on the underside of the leaf.

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 02:45 PM

Chestnut trees are as rare as Sunday dinners. You might take some time and read up on the great Chestnut Blight. Old wormy Chesnut from old barns brings pretty good money if you can find it .

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 02:47 PM

Yup, figure out what kind of chestnut it is. If it is somehow the old stuff, you have a really valuable tree. If it is not, then you got some workable wood.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 09-28-2015 04:32 PM

If the leaves are slick on the bottom it’s old growth and if it’s fuzzy underneath it’s a hybrid

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 05:10 PM

If you can find a way to get it milled to usable lumber and not cost you a ton of money I would do it , Free Wood is Free Wood. Of course it is going to take a while for it to dry enough to use it so you will need a place to store it until then.

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 05:14 PM

” you will need a place to store it until then.”
just leave it out side and cover it. It will dry just fine

-- Bert

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 05:21 PM

b2rtch, every time I see your screen name, I think it’s another word . . . and then I realize it is your screen name.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 09-28-2015 05:47 PM

” I think it’s another word”
which would be?????
Should I ask
??

-- Bert

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 06:39 PM

maybe not.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#13 posted 09-28-2015 08:57 PM

I went over this morning and checked it out. Not really what I had hoped for. Pretty much impossible to do anything with. Can’t lift it, can’t roll it haha. I ended up taking some of the limbs and crotches for wood turning projects later but beyond that. Not sure what else you’d do. Can’t find any leaves on it so I’m not sure what it even is. I found a couple of the spikey burrs if anyone might be able to identify it from that.

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#14 posted 09-28-2015 09:31 PM

Looks like a very knotty nightmare

-- Bert

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#15 posted 09-28-2015 10:10 PM

Yeah I agree even if I could get it out I don’t know that I would. Still. I’ll get a dozen big wood blanks out of what I got. Will shape them with the bandsaw and put them on the rack this evening. Heavy as hell and nice clean looking wood. Not a complete lost cause!

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