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Forum topic by seuss79 posted 08-15-2018 01:44 AM 567 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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seuss79

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08-15-2018 01:44 AM

My neighbor offered me his walnut trees a while back. I would have cut them myself but they were too close to the house. The tree service came today while I was at work. Last night he stopped by to ask if I still wanted them and how long to leave them. I told him have them cut about 8 to 10 feet in length and I’ll pick them up after work. When I got home today, driving past his house all I saw was firewood lengths. He said that he told the crew in the morning what to leave long. When he returned home later in the day, they had most of it cut. He managed to save a few 12 inch round 10 foot long pieces.

So what can I do besides use this for firewood? The place near me won’t mill anything less than 4 feet in length.

I don’t own a lathe or turn stuff although I would like to try someday. Is it worth chainsawing into small boards? I would think they would warp. I suppose small boxes or bowls on a lathe.

Any other ideas? I was so excited yesterday and now I am just trying to salvage a great loss of lumber.

I do have a wood burning insert so it will not go to waste one way or another.
By the way, yes that’s walnut on the left all the way to the truck.


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PCDub

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#1 posted 08-15-2018 03:01 AM

ow ow ow….. oh the loss….

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Karda

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#2 posted 08-15-2018 03:06 AM

offer what you can’t use as turning blanks for wood turners, on craigs list or other, what you can’t sell or trade sell for fire wood offer to cut the size needed for blanks

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Ripper70

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#3 posted 08-15-2018 05:44 AM


I don’t own a lathe or turn stuff although I would like to try someday.

- seuss79

Your day has arrived. Prepare the blanks for proper drying and start saving up and searching for the lathe you want to own. That wood is a gift and an inspiration. You may regret missing the opportunity to utilize that wood but you’ll never regret broadening your woodworking horizons by adding the lathe to your shop.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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seuss79

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#4 posted 08-15-2018 09:49 AM

If I buy a lathe, it will be the harbor freight one. I don’t want to spend too much not knowing how much I’ll enjoy it. As far as prepping blanks, it sounds like using anchorseal on exposed cuts? Rip different size squares/rectangles for blanks? Leave the logs whole for bowls?

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msinc

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#5 posted 08-15-2018 10:44 AM

If I gave the order to cut WALNUT LOGS in 10-12 foot lengths and came home to a pile of firewood…...I know I would kill somebody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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seuss79

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#6 posted 08-15-2018 10:58 AM



If I gave the order to cut WALNUT LOGS in 10-12 foot lengths and came home to a pile of firewood…...I know I would kill somebody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- msinc

Fortunately for the tree guys, the homeowner just wanted them gone. I however am still shocked that they would do additional cuts making ADDITIONAL WORK!

It was free to me and now I must start looking for that harbor freight 20% off coupon

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OSU55

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 12:36 PM

For turning Just seal the cuts, dont start cutting into blanks. Cut blanks a log at a time. There is a learning curve to cutting a log into the best blanks, so learn as you go. BTW, the lathe is just the start of $. Cutting tools, chucks, other accessories add up quick. I have the HF 34706, good choice review here.. PSI tools has high value chisels, chucks, etc – good tools(not best) at low prices, dont have to spend a lot of $ to see if you like turning.

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Tony1212

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#8 posted 08-15-2018 01:34 PM

I guess it really depends on what you like to do. I’m not a turner, either, but I would do my best to make boards out of what I could.

It looks like they’d only be 1 to 1.5 feet in length, but that would be perfect for making decorative boxes, plaques, table top furniture like lamps, the short side aprons of sofa tables, bandsaw boxes, etc.

It would also give you practice on milling your own lumber.

And you could still have plenty left over for future turning projects if that itch ever needs scratching.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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joey502

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#9 posted 08-16-2018 12:22 AM

What part of the country are you? I can take some off your hands.

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