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Forum topic by skatefriday posted 06-03-2014 01:54 AM 853 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2014 01:54 AM

I have a six year old sycamore in my front yard that has
never really thrived and I’m planning on cutting it down.

The trunk I’d estimate is about 8” to 10” in diameter. Is this
something worth trying to get milled into boards? I don’t have
a bandsaw so don’t have the capability myself, but am in Los Angeles
and if it’s worthwhile would be willing to trade boards for milling.

Otherwise it becomes firewood.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 02:00 AM

I would not think that would be worth milling.
Also, most millers will not take logs that come from a yard due to nails and such.
The ones that do, will require you to replace a blade if they hid metal.

Sycamore also makes pretty poor fire wood. Better than nothing, but not by much.
Use a good screen because it pops a lot if you ever get it to burn.

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 02:05 AM

My thoughts are the same as cranks. I would maybe chop up for lathe blanks, but probably not much there for dimensional lumber. If you’re not a turner, you could probably put the logs up on Craigslist and get it drug away for free or make a couple bucks.

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 02:12 AM

You cannot quartersaw a log that small. Sycamore has to be quartersawn to dry straight. That lumber from that small a sycamore log will warp worse than an airplane propeller.

Here is a stack of sycamore sawn last Saturday (9 days ago). The sycamore was quartersawn, but even with quartersawing, you have to flat saw some boards to get a cant. Check out the pic. The board on the far left on top was flat sawn. All the top boards to the right were quartersawn. Amazing difference. Just for the record,
I am measuring the amount of warp in the flat sawn board. As of this evening, it has warped up 2.75” off the sticker on the near end. It is also twisting.

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

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 02:20 AM

Thanks all. That was quick! I’ll try mixing it with my
regular stock of firewood.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 02:39 AM

That’s impressive Danny…good timing for this thread too.

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