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Forum topic by Thistle posted 06-12-2013 07:49 AM 1043 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2013 07:49 AM

Our local utility is currently taking down a shumard oak in my backyard because it’s over a sewer line break. I just found out that the people removing it are going to incinerate it. It’s not even going to be firewood. This is a beautiful tree with a long straight section. I would love to see it used for something! The tree is 95 inches around at about 5.5 feet up. If anyone can take any of it or can point me to someone who can, I would sure appreciate it! I hate for it to go to waste. Time is of the essence however, as it’s coming down as I type. Picture is available and I’ll try to post here in a sec.

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 11:02 AM

At 30 inches in diameter, that’s a great tree. If it has a 20’ useable trunk it would have about 850 board feet of lumber. If I were ANYWAY close enough I would be there with a trailer for it. Hope you find a taker. You should be able to tell them to leave the logs for you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 12:51 PM

If they’ll drop the trunk and leave it, there should be some local people that you could find via the Wood-Mizer website, who could come mill it for you.

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 02:13 PM

yes there are lots of portable sawmills around thet will come to your place a saw your wood for you just start lookin and you will find them

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

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 06:13 PM

Shumard oak? Never heard of it. Will do a search. Hope someone gets it before it becomes ashes.


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#5 posted 06-12-2013 08:21 PM

Shumard oak is one of the finest Southern bottomland oaks. I have one that I am sawing on my sawmill now. The tree yielded 6 logs that were 8’6” long each. The butt was 28” in diameter. The two best southern red oaks for sawing lumber are Shumard oak and Cherrybark oak. Shumard oak is very similar to Northern Red oak, but the leaves are a little bit different. Us Southern people have many red oaks to choose from. The Northern folks are limited to just a very few red oaks, and usually no grits. Must be a taxing place to live.

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

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 12:57 AM

I was able to find someone with a portable sawmill and he’ll be coming next week! I went and picked up some anchorseal tonight and will be painting that on when the last of the logs come down tomorrow (they didn’t finish yesterday and did very little tonight). So, a lot of small stuff was wasted but the bulk of it will be saved – hooray!

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:17 AM

Nice! That’s what we like to hear. Now just learn to sticker and cover it if you don’t already know. The guy with the portable mill may be able to direct you to someone local with a kiln that can do that for you too if you want.

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 11:48 AM

I have a garage which is open on one side, with a dirt floor (this is an old Victorian house, I assume this was either for a carriage or very early car, as it’s too small for modern vehicles). I was planning to dry it there. It gets pretty warm but there is air flow and it’s totally dry. Not sure where to get stickers cheaply and still learning about the stacking process. It’s all a bit overwhelming!

I am hoping to save some wide pieces for a natural edge dining room table, and then some wide boards for various counter projects around the house (an art studio, over the washing machine and dryer, and a new computer area). I’d also love to have him mill some 4×4s and 2×4s that are true to measure versus modern boards so we can use them as needed as we restore the house. Trying to fudge the differences between modern lumber and the stuff used on the construction of my house is a pain in the neck.

I’m not sure what else I should do or need. I’m clearly way way way out of my league and I know it! I really appreciate the kind welcome I’ve received here and am sure I will learn a lot. I’ve always wanted to learn more about woodworking and I guess now is the time!

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