|Forum topic by EightOhMike||posted 04-23-2014 07:58 PM||1599 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
04-23-2014 07:58 PM
A few minutes searching didn’t yield specific results, so I thought I’d ask for suggestions. I have an old maple tree in a front yard in Richmond, VA, that must come down. The term the arborist used is “declining”. I thought and he confirmed that it’s a sugar maple, and claims that his company just grinds the stuff up after felling. For a couple of reasons, I can’t bear the thought of that and would rather turn it into lumber for my own projects and to sell to recoup some of the cost of its removal.
The main trunk diameter is about 48”, maybe a bit less, and exceeds the maximum of 30” that a guy with a portable sawmill in the area can handle. The main branches that extend from the trunk are within that, though, and I figure I can have them plain-sawn to about 5/4 and get some useful stuff, if in fact the wood is in useful shape. I might have a few slabs cut thicker for potential butcher block/countertop use.
My questions for you folks are are:
I have no plans for turning legs or any other thick work that I’m aware of, but instead would just use the wood for cabinetry-like projects.
Thanks for any input, guys.