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09-06-2013 06:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hickory selling lumber

We are clearing a 1 acre lot for construction. One of the trees that has to be removed is a hickory tree. We are already paying someone to cut it down. Can we sell the tree for its value as a hickory tree. I have heard that hickory trees are valuable

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 11:45 AM

Very limited market for hickory here in Georgia. Most sawmills do not want it. The tree will only be valuable if sawn up, lumbr dried, and sold to local woodworkers. Even then, you will have a lot of drying loss. I won’t cut it on my sawmill. Sorry for the bad news.

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

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 12:01 PM

It’s one of the cheaper woods around me, may have some value for any nearby bar b q restaurant (when I lived in Kansas, you’d see it piled up for the food they fixed….really miss that). You might also consider having someone with a band mill (Wood Mizer, Timberking, portable lumber milling machine) come to you property and slab it up for you; of course, then you’d have to figure out how to dry it.

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 01:11 PM

Makes great firewood. Sells for around $75 for a pickup load around here (middle Tennessee).

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 01:56 PM

Danny, Why is it you won’t cut Hickory on your mill?
I wanted to use Hickory flooring when building my cabin but it was significantly more expensive than what I was able to spend. Ended up going with Hickory cabinets. I love the color variations and rustic look.

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 02:29 PM

If it’s resawn in sizes larger that 4/4… you’d fetch alot of it, only size lumber I can get in hickory

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 05:45 PM

We are in NJ.. is the market better here?

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 06:26 PM

Is this tree from in town or near buildings, people? If so you might not find anyone that will cut it, because of metal in the tree from nails, hooks, whatever. If that is the case its most likely firewood.

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 06:34 PM

it is on a 1 acre wooded lot that has an 100 year old house.. only building ever on the property.. only 1 owner… no kids ever lived there.. not likely to have nails, hooks etc

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 06:39 PM

Lauralynn I live in New Jersey and if you go on woodmizer sawmills website you can find a listing of owners. I am not sure where you live in New Jersey but you can contact the nearest to you and see if they are interested. Don’t know if this would help or not for you.

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 06:52 PM

Hickory trees around here are worth 16 cents a board foot. The tree you have is probably worth only 20-25 dollars to a sawyer. Trees are not worth much money at all unless you have many acres of them.

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#11 posted 09-08-2013 02:17 AM

All this hickory hating makes me sad…its my favorite wood. And I’m not that far from Jersey, but have no way to cut up and store a bunch of wood and have no current use for it.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#12 posted 09-08-2013 03:38 AM

The reasons I don’t cut it…....

1). Tension in the logs. The boards curl up off the end of the cant by the time you get to the other end on many logs. Then, the boards are already crooked when you start drying the lumber.

2). Very difficult to dry flat and straight and tends to crack, check and split a lot. Lots of drying loss.

3). Super hard wood. Hard to saw without the band wandering and making waves. Very hard to machine. Dulls your woodworking tools and planer/jointer knives quickly. When planing at night, I can actuall see sparks fly.

4). I have seen it used in cabinets, but outside of tool handles, I don’t see it used much in woodworking. Not a good seller compared to most all other species. I still have some lumber from the very first hickory tree that I cut many years ago.

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

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#13 posted 09-09-2013 03:27 PM

Makes good bows and walking sticks in addition to tool handles.

By the way, there used to be a Stanley Tools handle factory, here, in my home town.
We always had hickory shorts available for fire wood around here and reject “splits” for kindling.
The blanks for hammer handles (splits) were never sawed, they were riven by hand.

They moved this production to China along with virtually everything else they make.

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#14 posted 09-09-2013 08:14 PM

I have 6 really nice Pignut Hickory book matched slabs that have dried fairly straight. There is some checking but I’m just going to include them in the design. There’s a really nice contrast between the heart and sapwood.

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#15 posted 09-09-2013 08:46 PM

I agree with all the reasons Danny gave for not cutting it, but I’ve cut it. Its hard wood and hard to dry. There was a time (probably in the 90’s) when it was fairly big for production cabinetry, but I believe that was because it was cheaper. If you get it milled and dried, and keep your tools sharp, it makes nice wood.

So can you sell it. Probably. Valuable? Not compared to other species, but if you find somebody that wants it, it’s better than taking it to the dump. You didn’t say how big it was, but I’d buy it if it was local. But like mentioned, I wouldn’t pay a lot.

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