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04-27-2013 07:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood tree lumber milling

This is sitting across the street I don’t have any milling equipment, I do have a table saw and access to a medium sized Bandsaw

I’ve never milled wood for lumber what options to i have any thoughts or suggestions?

I would really like to make use of this pile before someone grabs it.

Also I think it is Cotton wood tree I’m in North Texas can anyone confirm the species?

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy


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#1 posted 04-27-2013 08:04 PM

I could guess what kind of wood, but closer pictures would be a lot better.

And Alaskan chainsaw mill is @ $200 and you could make a lot of slabs with that wood.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 08:07 PM

Cry and/or invest in a mill of some sort

-- Norman

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 09:01 PM

I found out it is a Hackberry Tree

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 09:17 PM

Hire a sawyer to come over to slab it up. Shouldn’t be that expensive. I would ask the homeowner first if it’s okay to grab it.

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 09:18 PM

Do you have a chainsaw? You can get it into rough square shapes with the chainsaw and then run it through the bandsaw.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 09:39 PM

Great idea Brandon W....

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 09:53 PM

You can also split it from the sides, in halves then in quarters.

Once it is quartered it won’t check so easily.

This is the old way of doing it, using a metal wedge to start
the split and big wooden wedges to open the logs up the
rest of the way.

Don’t chainsaw it without a full face shield. Fungus loves the
moisture and you may have an allergic reaction if it gets in
your mucus membranes.

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#8 posted 04-30-2013 10:00 PM

you could make some log furniture.

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#9 posted 04-30-2013 10:18 PM

I would take a few of the smaller logs, seal the ends, and put them aside until you find a way to mill or split them. I often split logs down the center and use each half to make bowls on the lathe.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 04-30-2013 11:35 PM

I would get it to your house and then you would have time to figure out what you want to do with it, other wise some one else will get it before you.
Chuck

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#11 posted 05-01-2013 06:16 PM

I think Loren has the best idea. I have done this myself a lot and it is a lot easier than many think. The problem with sawing urban trees is that they are likely to have nails in them from kids messing around. This will ruin blades. If you split them, you will likely find any imbedded foreign objects prior to sawing. Also as Loren says, getting quartered gives you some really great stable wood to work with. Just remember that you will have to slab it, sticker it and let it dry for about 1 year per inch of thickness. I would cut it thick enough to allow for planing later.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 05-01-2013 06:40 PM

you can use a chainsaw and some heavy sawhorses and a strong back and slab that up let it dry then mill it with a good band saw try to make the slabs 2 3/4 inches so you can run them in thr tablesaw thats what i done to a bunch of walnut take the sawhorses make a good heavy table and saw them or haul them out to a guy with a woodmizer shouldn’t cost to much to slab it or just saw it up

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#13 posted 05-02-2013 03:03 AM

For the love of God, I hope you IMMEDIATELY grabbed the biggest chunks right away and put them in your shop/garage, so you could figure out everything later.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#14 posted 05-02-2013 04:00 AM

I would only take trunk pieces as I’ve never had good luck with limbs. Seal the ends and split or resaw them within a week or they’ll check like crazy.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#15 posted 05-02-2013 04:19 AM

Hackberry is a pretty sappy wood.
Expect it will check a lot.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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