|Forum topic by IVIattEndureFort||posted 06-26-2012 09:33 PM||1825 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-26-2012 09:33 PM
This is my first time posting, I am an amateur woodworker in Southwestern Ontario. I just bought a house with a massive Black Walnut overshadowing the house. Some idiot has girdled the tree and it is starting to die. Instead of trying to keep the tree alive I figured the best option was is to take it down. The neighbor’s car has a bunch of unsightly dents in the hood and the roof would be better off as well.
As you can see from the pictures this tree would produce a log of about 30’ with an avaerave diameter of 30”. Thats a lot of bdft of lumber; I am looking forward to using at least some of it to refinish the kitchen etc. I know a big problem is going to be metal in the tree, but I work for ECHO Power Equipment and could easily fit a chainsaw mill for the worst areas. There is a mill nice and close, but what I am worried about is drying the lumber.
I know that air drying walnut does a good job of bringing out that rich purple colour we all love but I want to know where I should store it; inside or outside. How should I cut it and stack it so I get the least amount of checking and warp. Is it best to saw the log into 4”x8” pcs until it is dry or to the approximate sizes you want beforehand?
Any help you can provide would be great.