Olive Tree Root Ball - getting it slabbed

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Forum topic by BarefootWoodwrkr posted 12-08-2015 10:42 PM 812 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2015 10:42 PM

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I have a HUGE California grown Jerusalem Olive Tree ROOT BALL
5 feet in diameter and it was 3000lbs at delivery before 5 years of drying time IN my shop.

Thinking we’re ready to slab it out. . but best solution we’ve found so far is buying a 5’ chainsaw.
A little cost prohibitive.

Would love to figure out how to either connect with someone who wants that root ball and has the ability to get out of the shop. . or someone who has a chainsaw so it can get slabbed out. Maybe a trade of the root ball in trade for the chainsaw… or some combination / variation of this.
Suggestions on where to post?

But also looking for input on any other viable plan / alternative option.

I’m in So Cal and it’s taking up a large portion of the shop at this point…


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#1 posted 12-08-2015 11:03 PM

There is a place called Arroyo hardwoods in Pasadena who work with a lot of sawmills that cut urban lumber.
When I went there, they were working on a pretty wide slab so they may know someone who has a mill that can handle it.

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 11:04 PM

Being a rootball, there will probably be dirt within the various areas of the ball, making any kind of bandsaw operation a tough call, even if they could get it through the throat of a portable mill. Those blades are expensive and once they hit dirt, they are mostly scrap metal.

I cannot imagine it is 60” all around. There must be a way to get say, a 20” chainsaw bar in there to start cutting out portions to be slabbed. Hopefully…

Good luck!

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