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Forum topic by KPW posted 12-28-2011 12:39 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KPW

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12-28-2011 12:39 AM

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OK guys, I have access to a large black walnut tree that was blown over in a micro burst 2 summers ago.Roots still in the ground. Its maybe 3ft. diameter at the base. Any advise on cutting this thing up?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.


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#1 posted 12-28-2011 01:57 AM

Depends what youd like to do with it .. greg from oregon burls may be able to point ou in the right direction. Im sure they will say cut planks to 5/4, some leg blanks 8/4, and maybe one 12/4 (because you can). Good luck with your lumber. Dont for get to paint the ends to avoid checking.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 06:40 AM

Frequently trees blown over in a wind storm are full of shake, especially if the trunks were sheared off and the root ball left in the ground.

If the entire tree uprooted, you may be ok.

If it were me, I would cut it into 9/4 planks, flat sawn, with the cathedral grain centered in the boards. Stack and sticker it on 16” centers for a year or so, and it should be ready to bring inside and dry the rest of the way.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 08:09 AM

Saw some thick stuff out of it like Scott says. You can also cut some standard 4/4 from the outside of the log to get it shaped up. The thick stock in walnut is hard to find around here, and it is valuable.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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KPW

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 04:27 PM

Thanks guys. Scott, part of therootisstill in the ground sothe tree is still alive. what is shake?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 06:03 AM

KPW, shake occurs when the tree is subject to severe forces that cause the wood cells to separate within the trunk. Basicall the cells shear between one another, and the lumber from these logs is useless.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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