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TheWoodenOyster

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08-24-2014 11:59 AM

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Hey everyone,

I’m planning on cutting down a small pecan tree this week and turning it into some lumber. I’m just sort of experimenting this round, but I’d still like it to end up usable. We plan on cutting it down with a chainsaw, and cutting to rough lengths with a chainsaw. Then, I plan to mill it using a jig on my big old bandsaw. I know that I need to:

1. mill it asap after it is cut down
2. sticker it in a way that will prevent warping and weigh or strap it down if possible
3. Paint the ends with some latex paint

Am I missing anything? An other tips I ought to know? I’ve never done this before, but I have read a lot of posts and such about it over the last few years, and I bought my bandsaw thinking that I might very well want to do some small-time milling on it at some point.

Thanks

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 01:08 PM

Paint the ends, yes

mill it ASAP, probably not. Pecan is going to twist and warp if you slab it green even if it is properly stacked and stickered. My recommendation would be to let the log sit for a couple years first.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Nubsnstubs

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 03:30 PM


. My recommendation would be to let the log sit for a couple years first.

- Monte Pittman

What about the pith, or the center? That should be removed to prevent some cracking. Then you might be able to let it sit for awhile with coated ends.. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 03:49 PM



Hey everyone,

I m planning on cutting down a small pecan tree this week and turning it into some lumber… I’ve never done this before, but I have read a lot of posts.

Thanks

- TheWoodenOyster

Spend a night at the Holiday Inn Express and you should be good to go! :-) Just kidding.
Good luck
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 04:13 PM

You did not mention where and how going to store these slabs. Definitely want to store your wood off the ground and out of the weather (no rain, sunlight, & strong winds).

-- Bill

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TheWoodenOyster

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 07:55 PM

I would be storing them in a garage, probably. Definitely out of the weather.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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TheWoodenOyster

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#6 posted 08-24-2014 08:09 PM

Also, this tree is probably only 8”-10” in diameter, would you say that is even worth the trouble? Remember, I am not trying to make a profit here, but if I can only get 3 2×4s worth of wood out of the deal, it would sort of be a bummer.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Wildwood

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 09:17 PM

Now the real answer to your dilemma is take up woodturning to maximize use of the tree. All those wood chips you generate make excellent mulch everything else makes great fire wood.

-- Bill

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Nubsnstubs

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#8 posted 08-24-2014 09:23 PM

You can smoke with it too, but it’s kinda hard to roll.
Buy a lathe, and start making bowls.. Pecan is beautiful when formed into something that doesn’t look like a piece of wood. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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TheWoodenOyster

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#9 posted 08-24-2014 11:26 PM

Oh no. The turners are attacking! I can’t fend them off much longer!!! The draw is so strong!!! Must…Not…Buy…Lathe…!!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Ub1chris

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#10 posted 08-24-2014 11:33 PM

I just picked up some logs from a neighbour who had a tree taken down. There’s 2 logs, each about 18” diameter by 5 ft long. It’s only red oak, and looks less than perfect, but the price was right. I too will be trying the whole log to lumber to woodworking thing for the first time. We’ll see how it goes…..

And I don’t own a lathe :)

Chris

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 08-25-2014 12:12 AM

Pecan is great for smokin or cooking over.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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TheWoodenOyster

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#12 posted 08-25-2014 12:19 AM

No worries. If I don’t end up milling the tree, it will still be put to good use in the pit.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 08-25-2014 12:37 AM

Latex paint is a poor end sealer.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Ub1chris

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#14 posted 08-25-2014 02:04 AM

I thought it had to be milled right away. Is it better if it dries in log firm for a while first?

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TheWoodenOyster

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#15 posted 08-25-2014 02:21 AM

WDHLT15: Seems like you are one of the gurus on this topic.

What is the best thing to seal the ends with? Should I just go ahead and get the anchorseal?

Also, How long is realistic to wait before milling? Turns out the log is about 12” in diameter. I know monte said a couple of years, but I may be dead from poor dust collection by then. Could I reasonably do it sooner than that?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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