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04-08-2014 12:34 PM

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I have a cypress tree in my front yard that is fairly straight and of decent size at it’s base. It’s probably only about 25 years old, so it’s not huge. We bought the house from an investor a few years ago, who had heavily trimmed the tree back so that the lowest 2/3 of the tree was free from branches. The tree borders my neighbor’s property. Last year my neighbor hacked up the tree right at the property line. I would have been ok with it if he had just informed me that it was going to happen instead of coming home to a mess on the ground. He cleaned it all up. The result is a tall, straight trunk, with three puny branches at the top to sustain it. It either needs to come down soon or be left to eventually die.

Personally, if I’m going to pay someone to come take it down, I’d like to get some lumber out of it. I know it won’t be the best lumber in the world, but it should be interesting none the less. My problem is that I live in a suburb west of Houston known for rice farming. The closest logging operations that I know of are about 60-80 miles from here. I’ve done some searching around, but haven’t been able to find a tree service that can also mill and kiln dry the boards for me. I’m not really interested in getting an Alaskan saw mill and gas powered chain saw (my current one is a small electric for light duty use) to mill it myself.

Does anyone here know of a tree service that I could use for this, or know how to go about finding one?

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 01:42 PM

Not to sound smartallecky, but I would search Google. Are you anywhere near Nagadoches? I was going to suggest calling Log Master Mills, but apparantly they went belly up on Dec 24th… In any case, call the different manufacturers of Portable Mills, they usually have a registry of sawyers in your area that will travel to your location.

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 02:02 PM

Around here mill operators advertise on craigslist from time to time and frequent the meetings of woodworking clubs, so you might find some leads through one of those avenues.

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 02:33 PM

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 03:12 PM

Craigslist seems to be the go to place in my neck of the woods.

Even if they don’t say it in their ad, anybody selling sizable quantities of rough lumber is operating a mill. (Look in the materials section.)

Be forewarned that they may not be interested in drying it for you. (Personal experience.) I suspect that this is because they don’t want to be on the hook for ruining your lumber in the event that it comes out of the kiln honeycombed or twisted to a point of near uselessness.

-- Jesse Felling -

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 05:26 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. I have been searching for a local sawmill for a few months now (since my neighbor cut the tree last fall). Previously I couldn’t find anything. I just ran across a guy that is local who has a sawmill. I doubt he will fell the tree for me, do any kind of shipping of the material, or drying, but I think it may work for my needs. I’ll have to kick the wife’s minivan out of the garage so that I can dry the wood (no where outside to dry it at), and a buddy will have to help me haul the lumber back and forth to the mill, but it shouldn’t be too bad. I’ll check into this service and maybe get the tree milled later this year when we have a little more cash to spend.

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 06:33 PM

Not sure if you have a Rockler or Woodcraft by you, but each of them by me have a “business bulletin board” up that have contact info for a few different sawyers.

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 12:28 AM

WoodMizer will put you in touch with mill owners in your area.

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