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joshtank

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827 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: sawmill black walnut

Saw on Craigslist this morning someone taking down 5 black walnut trees and offering them as firewood for whoever wants to pick them up. All about 20-22 inches across and an easy 10 feet of trunk. I found a sawmill 10 miles from the lot being cleared.

We figured a fair price for him to drop them off at the sawmill, and the mill said they’d do $75 a log.

It’s a bit south of me, and another 40 minutes south from that is my parents property where there is space to stick and stack the boards.

I guess when it’s all said and done, we’ll see how it goes. I’m a great mix of excited and nervous all at once.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com


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Bertha

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#1 posted 827 days ago

^I’m jealous. I’m in a similar situation but without the sawmill part:(.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 827 days ago

He had red oak too, but I’ve only got so much money to put towards this. I feel like getting the walnut is the better bet here.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 827 days ago

If the tree are yard trees, they ALWAYS have metal in them. Make sure you understand what the sawmill will charge you if they hit metal and ruin their blades. It is customary that if a sawyer hits metal, the customer pays for a new replacement blade. That could get expensive if the trees end up having a lot of metal in them. Not to scare you off, just to let you know what to look out for.

I went to look at a walnut tree that a guy had to cut down, walked up to it, and wire was sticking out at about 4 feet up the butt log. I got back in the jeep and went back home.

Black walnut trees from a yard are not equivalent to forest grown walnut for a number of reasons. Commercial sawmills will not buy yard trees. Small sawyers like me will under some circumstances, but you have to evaluate the risks.

Good luck with your project. It would be cool to have a nice stack of walnut lumber drying. I currently have about 7500 BF that has been air dried. I love walnut. It is the King of Wood in my opinion.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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joshtank

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#4 posted 823 days ago

Hmm. Got cutting and mostly white all the way though. Tiny bit of heartwood. Lookin at around $80 for a 20” by 8 foot log into boards. Worth it? It looks nice, just not a brown walnut I was thinking.

Advice would be nice. I have 12 more logs.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 823 days ago

You’ll come out on top of this deal for sure. I just hope the trunk sections aren’t hollow.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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joshtank

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#6 posted 823 days ago

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-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 823 days ago

I traded some labor at a friends sawmill for cutting up a 20 inch 8 ft long black walnut trunk from my yard (that did not have metal in it, thank you). There was sadly very little heartwood in it, enough to maybe make a small hanging cupboard. That said, I’m still looking forward to checking on the stack come fall. A lot depends on the sawyer – if they just plain saw it to go quickly they waste a lot of heart wood.

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#8 posted 823 days ago

Are you sure it isn’t Butternut ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 823 days ago

$75 per log! That is a great deal.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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joshtank

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#10 posted 823 days ago

Posted a pic of leaves too. I’ll have to look up butternut. Book looked like walnut the closest.

If it is butternut… Did I just get a whole lot of firewood?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 823 days ago

I’m in Florida…

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 823 days ago

count how many leaves are on the stem….look for “hair” on the leaves …look at the edges of the leaves for serrations.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/fruits/blackwalnut5.htm

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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joshtank

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#13 posted 823 days ago

http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-280-W.pdf

Hmm butternut not found in Florida. I mean, anything is possible. Sawmill guy mentioned a few times how it was hard wood though, butternut is pretty soft.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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joshtank

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#14 posted 823 days ago

Oh I just saw your link. Def black walnut. I was just expecting more heartwood. Wonder what factors make more or less..?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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#15 posted 823 days ago

Looking at the pic of the log it should have a lot more heartwood for that size black walnut. I took down some in maine n the 3” dia. stuff showed some heartwood. Just my HO.

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

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