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12-13-2013 03:39 AM

I had a Cherry tree fall on my property and am wondering if it would be worth the effort (and money) to have someone mill it into lumber. There is about 20’ of straight trunk before branching out, it ranges from about 16” diameter at the roots to about 12” diameter before branching. I think it would be cool to make furniture from wood that came from my property. I could probably cut it into 6 or 7 foot lengths and get it into the back of my truck and haul to a mill. What do you think?

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 04:06 AM

I’m thinking no. By the time you found someone to mill it, hauled it to them, paid them, hauled it home then dried the wood…’ll probably have expended more time and effort than it was worth. And my understanding is that mills hate working with “yard trees” since the risk of hitting nails/debris is greater.
But I’m definitely not an authority on the subject.

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 04:49 AM

Put it on Craig’s list and see if some one like me lives close buy and is willing to come by with a chainsaw mill and help you out. I am willing to mill in exchange for a little cash and some of the wood.

If you go that route just make sure you feel comfortable with who ever your dealing with cause you don’t want them to show up and change the numbers on you. Make an agreement on what will happen if they hit any nails or junk that might ruin the chain.

Coat the ends with something to prevent checking ASAP after cutting to length.

Good luck and hope you can get some good boards from it.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 05:39 AM

If it holds of any sentimental value to you I would definitely not throw it away. I have cherry branches that are off of our property taht has been in the family for the last 60 years, planted by us and cut down by us.

And I am making them into parts of our furniture and cutting board inlays to give out as christmas presents to our faimly because of the sentimental value. I actually milled them by hand initially with a chainsaw, it can be done but you waste more wood.

But if you hold no connection to the wood, then probably it would be cheapest to just get rid of them.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 05:49 AM

I think Its a great idea to make furniture from your property their are various kind of wooden items that you can easily make from them with some affords. Because making wooden items is an art so keep it up.

-- Omega Home Automation and Electrical Contractor Toronto:

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 12:14 PM

The tree is big enough to saw. However, 6’ is too short for most mills unless it is a chainsaw mills. I would cut the logs either 8.5’, 9.5’ or 10.5’, whichever multiple uses up the most of the sawable portion of the log.

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

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#6 posted 12-13-2013 12:53 PM

I do this quite often when I learn of a fallen tree nearby. I’m in Amhish Country so the cost is minimal but WDHLT15 is correct. 6 feet is too short. The Saw Mill I go to will accept nothing less than 7 feet and they prefer it 8 feet or longer. The only reason they will do 7 feet for me is because I know them so well. They charge me 15 cents/board foot. I just did this with 3 Rock Maple trees. My friend and fellow woodworker and me sawed up as many logs as we could from the trees and split the cost to have them milled. We each ended up with 250 bd/ft of Rock Maple. So for $37.50, a year from now I’ll have some real nice wood to work with. Although you have to sticker it and wait for it to dry, it’s still a lot cheaper than buying kiln dried rough cut and where I live in Western NY I can buy rough cut at very reasonable prices.

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 01:51 PM

My mill is small enough to saw 6’, but I agree most commercial mills wouldn’t like it. It might be worth asking around and finding the mill first. Its certainly big enough to mill, and if you can find somebody with a flat bed trailer and a cant hook, you can roll it right on without equipment. I’ve done it with much bigger logs than that.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 02:05 PM

The Amish sure saw cheap. The going rate for a portable bandsawmill is more like $.35/BF.

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

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks for all the info and advice. I’ll probably look into contacting a local sawmill, there is one about 5 miles away and might be run by amish. This tree is in a forested area that I own, not a residential area. Its in Northeast PA.

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#10 posted 12-14-2013 04:14 AM

I would advocate using the wood
Your own time and effort with the fact it came from the yard are not really costs if you are having fun doing it

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 12-14-2013 04:26 AM

Why let it rot or use it for firewood? Absolutely get it milled and make something with Cherry! :-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 12-14-2013 12:57 PM

If a tree falls in the yard and nobody saws it up, is it still full of boards?

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#13 posted 12-14-2013 01:07 PM

How about milling it yourself? If you have or borrow a chainsaw one of those granberg chainsaw mills would do the job. Don’t know if that helps but it could be an avenue for you. But Christmas is around the corner…..

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 12-14-2013 01:37 PM

Hey jdon88, where in NE PA? I spent about 20 years of my life in the Clarks Summit area, before moving out. My one boy still lives in Olyphant.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#15 posted 12-14-2013 01:44 PM

Picklehead…...... that comment is hilarious!

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