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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 10-09-2014 01:14 AM 1914 views 0 times favorited 82 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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10-09-2014 01:14 AM

I know this is one of those questions you probably get on here quite often but being a newbie, maybe you’ll have some mercy on me! I’ve been walking around quite a bit on my land lately scouting out some trees. This walnut is about 34” diameter, and as you can see pretty thick all the way up. Is this as valuable a tree as I think it is? Assuming of course that the insides are good.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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#1 posted 10-09-2014 01:57 AM

Typically this sort of thing is of value if you have it cut and milled on site for your own use. Little value if you are wanting someone to give you x dollars to come and get it for their use.

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 02:02 AM

Oh no I would have it milled at my place for sure. Just wondering if this is the kind of tree you could maybe get some really nice live edge type slabs or what would be the best way to mill it concerning band for your buck?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 02:09 AM

Could be worth it to you, but removal and hauling to a mill would likely be a wash at best. The more work you can do yourself the more likely it’ll be worth it. If you do fell the tree yourself, try to keep it clean, less mud to clean off means getting it on the mill faster.

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 02:17 AM

It’s clearly something I’ll wait on for a bit. Just wanting know know what you see in terms if cuts and product when you look at that tree…?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 02:26 AM

That tree will be worth more to you being a woodworker than it will be to sell. You may sell it for a couple hundred dollars and then if you want to use some walnut in a project you’ll spend twice that buying walnut. I would say wait til you’re ready to have it cut and have somewhere to dry it. There will be great grain figure where the crotches and limbs are and there will be some great regular lumber in the large trunk. As has been said, do you have a way to get it out of the woods and onto a trailer. How many walnut trees do you have on your land.

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

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 02:29 AM

I do have a way…tractors and atvs. I have at least 30 that I’ve counted but I know there’s many more. Need to do some more lookin’. A lot of them are like 12-16 inches diameter. Those would still be good for some nice lumber right?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 02:37 AM

Absolutely. I’m using walnut right now that came from a 12” tree that went down in a storm 10 years ago by my mailbox. I’ve been making cutting boards and trays with it.

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

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#8 posted 10-09-2014 02:39 AM

Wow I really like that tray on the top image. Man I love the look of walnut.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 02:40 AM

Did that tree have many branches?

I guess that’s more of an issue when considering veneer right?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#10 posted 10-09-2014 02:56 AM

Yes, for veneer they need straight long trunks, because knots end up as holes in the veneer. Limbs for lumber, especially with walnut, make awesome figure. Makes great pieces for things like trays and boxes that don’t need long pieces. I have only recently began working with walnut, but I love it. I love the smell and the look. I think it looks like chocolate and I love chocolate. It had a few branches and it was not straight.

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

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 07:27 AM

Up here in the PNW, walnut is not native. We would crawl a mile on our old arthritic knees for a tree like that.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#12 posted 10-09-2014 10:44 AM

Haha runs! I wish I could trade you one of mine for a couple nice pines or firs!

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#13 posted 10-09-2014 11:25 AM

That tree have many branches.for veneer they need straight long trunks

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#14 posted 10-09-2014 11:53 AM

That tree will have some very interesting and valuable slabs. I would saw the slabs 2 3/8” thick. I get a lot of calls for thick walnut.

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

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#15 posted 10-09-2014 12:15 PM

That’s what I was thinking about slabs. Just a matter of getting someone to saw It up properly. You referring to live edge slabs?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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