Mill a cypress tree?

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Forum topic by adrianpglover posted 04-29-2014 06:03 PM 928 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2014 06:03 PM

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So I’ve been toying with the idea of cutting down a bald cypress tree that’s been over-pruned by a previous owner and my neighbor. It’s very straight for the first 20 feet and is about 19” diameter around 2 feet off the ground. There shouldn’t be very many knots in the tree with how it’s been pruned. The tree will need to come down sometime soon as it doesn’t have enough upper foliage to support it’s trunk.

So here’s the real question: Is it worth it for me to have someone mill the tree into boards?

If so, any suggestions as to what I should build from the lumber?

If I go through with it, I plan on having the tree felled and milled to 1” thickness boards around November of this year, painting the ends of the boards, and stacking them in my attic with separation strapping boards and some bricks on top as weights.

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 11:55 PM

In these parts, cypress for paneling goes for about $2.75 to $3.00 per BF.

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

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 12:55 AM

I have milled some big cypress and really like it. The upside is it dries very quickly and can have some nice color/figure. It is also very rot and bug resistant. The down side is a lot of it is very plain and “pine looking.”

I’d love to have it as cypress is not very common here.

Danny, Is that price for rough sawn or planed and straight edged?

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 01:32 AM

Like Andy said it’s rot resistant. I built my adirondack chairs from it. Holding up very well. I built my head board for my bed from it. It’s nice to work with. It’s suitable for lots of other projects and in my opinion worth having it milled.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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