I got 3 pine trees cut down, should I save some of the wood?

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01-20-2010 02:53 AM

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I wanted to ask you guys out there. I got 3 pine trees cut down in my back yard today, and was wondering if i should save some big chunks of them. As a beginner wood worker. i just got the basic tools. Table saw Chop saw, routers, and power tools. What is the best way to cut it up for me to use the wood? thanks guys

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 03:30 AM

As pine trees differ from area to area, so does the level of pitch they contain. Therefore, it is hard to say whether or not you should save any of the wood. You need to find out the type of tree first to see if it is worthwhile to save the lumber. Some pine is so full of turps, that they never dry out to be usable lumber.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 03:42 AM

My thoughs would be, it’s Pine, so what’s your time worth? You can buy 10’ 2X4s for about $5. If you want to mill some wood for pratice, go ahead, otherwise it just Pine.


-- Eric, NorCal

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 03:49 AM


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#4 posted 01-20-2010 03:56 AM

if i had the money n the trees were big enough, see if theres a portable saw mill in your area that can slice em up for ya. If no then don’t bother with it…firewood

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 04:13 AM

ok cool thanks for the info guys. i really appreaciate it

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 04:29 AM

No don’t save some of the wood, save all of it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 04:41 AM

On my property in the Upper Peninsula I have had several red and white pine trees fall in storms, and a few that we cut down for construction of our home. I have a friend who has a WoodMizer bandsaw sawmill and he has cut the 8’ logs into boards of various thickness. I have about 1500 board feet in the loft of my “Workshop in the Woods” and 375 board feet stacked and drying outside.

It’s a good idea to have the logs cut and drying as soon as possible, otherwise the wood will be invaded by insects as soon as the weather gets warmer.


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#8 posted 01-20-2010 03:36 PM

I have a similar issue. The city is fixing to cut down a few of my pines so they can do some work on the road. I’ve thought about seeing if there is a local with a portable sawmill that can turn them into boards.

The problem is that pine is pretty common in Georgia. I’m not sure about it just yet. I’m leaning towards firewood.

-- Sometimes... At night... My router tells me to do things to wood. Bad Things.

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 09:59 PM

Is it old growth pine? If you don’t want the expense of having it cut, you could split it. Just saw it into reasonable lengths, sat 5 to 8 ft. and then butt them up against a planted rock or something else solid. Use an axe to start a split at the other end and then drive in a wedge at the end until it begins to split on the top, the start driving wedges in the top from the end and add more as the split travels to the other end. After the first split repeat with the other halves and so on. I’ve done this quite a few times and it’s surprisingly quick. When you are done you have to smooth the boards. A hand held planer would work ok or even a router with the right set-up. Good idea to stand over the log with your back towards the other end and with a wide stride when using the axe so you don’t cut your leg off. Pine can be useful for woodworking projects. I wouldn’t bother unless it’s very good and tight grained pine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-22-2010 10:40 PM

I consider pine as a construction wood….in projects I might use it for some framing or such (were extra strength and visability are not that imperative) It also makes a good practice wood….If I am contemplating a new method of doing a joint or such…I will cut it out in pine first…(saves alot of expensive wood)...Other then that…its firewood – and not a very good one in that it burns too fast…maybe good to get a fire started…but then you have to contend with cleaning the fireplace alot more due to the pitch.

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 01:51 AM

thinks for the advice

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