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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1891 days


1867 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: milling waste yellow wood rescue

Well, I got a pleasant call from my wife this morning.

Actually, it didn’t start pleasantly, it started with a wail of “I wish we had some spare money” and she meant US $ 1100. :eek: Do you have that much lying around? I don’t.

Anyway, she was offered 7 cubic metres (about 247 cubic feet) of freshly felled Yellow Wood for $1100. Now I’m not sure of the conversion factor, but I think 247 cu ft is about 2500 board foot. Is that correct?

That would make this about US $ 0.45 per bf. That’s a STEAL. But, it was the whole lot or none. So we missed that one.
:-(

However,

The LOML grabbed our nephew and took a drive out to the municipal dumps, and found a monster pile of Yellow Wood tree “refuse”. Stuff too small to sell.
The Pile

Guess what? It’s not too small for us. :-)

So they picked up 2 Pickup loads of branch pieces thicker than my biceps.
Partial Load!

A few of them were significantly bigger.
Chunk

So I guess late this year or early next year, there will be some Yellow Wood boxes that could have been termite food if my wife hadn’t been thinking.

She tells me that I owe her some big brownie points.
I Agree.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.


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CharlieM1958

15547 posts in 2721 days


#1 posted 1867 days ago

Nice score.

Actually, 1 cubic foot = 12 board feet, so that would make the haul nearly 3,000 board feet!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Karson

34797 posts in 2903 days


#2 posted 1867 days ago

A great catch. Was the wood offered already cut or just the logs.

Usually logs are a log cheaper that the actual boards.

Is the yellow wood a prize speciality or just a local tree?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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PurpLev

8473 posts in 2151 days


#3 posted 1867 days ago

whammo – nice find. I wonder how the branch lumber would work out though – since it has more internal stresses in it then the trunk (gravity, smaller branches off of it, and leaves and all).

definitely brownie point worthy though!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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HardWoodHead

34 posts in 1867 days


#4 posted 1867 days ago

Glad to see I am not the only one out there picking up the cuttings!

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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DannyBoy

521 posts in 2368 days


#5 posted 1867 days ago

I keep hoping for another tornado just so I can reclaim some wood in my area. I’ve already told my boss I’m taking the day off after the next storm to do just this!

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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SCOTSMAN

5035 posts in 2088 days


#6 posted 1867 days ago

lucky begger LOL wish it wus old Alistair regards Old Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1891 days


#7 posted 1866 days ago

Charlie - Thanks for the bf info. I think we scored about 2 cu metres, so that’s over 800 bf FREE. I guess I’ll end up with about 400-500 usable bf after planking and milling.

Karson - The logs were sold intact. Yes, Yellow Wood is local, but I would hardly say “just a local tree”. It is highly prized, and has a lot of history in South Africa. A lot of the old stately historic homes have Yellow Wood Floors, doors etc. The developer who needed these trees removed a few days ago, had to get clearance from the government to fell them – They are a protected species. Believe me, our environmental departments are generally very strict on new developments.

Lev - I have worked with branch material before, and it does move a lot when it it is first planked. Two things I do to help ensure success are:
1. Slab the log (branch) perpendicular to what was the ground plane while it was growing. That way, when the stresses relax the now flat-ish boards tend to bend sideways, instead of bowing along their length.
2. Cut the boards over-thick. After drying, remove all restraints and weights, and give them a couple of weeks to relax further. You should then be able to mill to final required thickness with a reasonable recovery.

Dan - My wife did (jokingly) berate me for encouraging my nephew to go dumpster diving. :-)

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Matt

181 posts in 1875 days


#8 posted 1857 days ago

Here in the midwest when the weatherman says a “good’un” is coming, I go out to the shop and fire up the chainsaw, double check my chains, mix, all of it. Seriously. Free wood waits for no man. A good chainsaw is a must have for us. :)

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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Karson

34797 posts in 2903 days


#9 posted 1857 days ago

Free wood waits for no man. That’s right Matt. He who get’s there first to help the troubled homeowner get’s first pick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dirtclod

169 posts in 2363 days


#10 posted 1857 days ago

Free wood is good. A (lazy) determined person can pick up train loads of it around here after the killer storm we had.

I stumbled onto South African yellowwood on ebay a couple months back. I have been looking to set a price on our local yellowwood. I didn’t know that there were other trees know as yellowwood in other areas. The only yellowwood for sale (I’ve been watching for months) has been from South Africa. The info on it was almost exactly as PG_Zac describes.

Our local yellowwood is very rare. The old timers used to use it for gun stocks. I remember seeing gunstocks made with it. It was very distinctive. But you can’t find the local yellowwood for sale or any yellowwood gunstocks. It just so happens I have one small log and stump that I’m going to put on the mill. I still can’t figure out a price – there’s simply nothing to compare it to. The wood has a phospherescent (sp) quality to it that is just hard to describe or capture on camera.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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David Freed

97 posts in 2170 days


#11 posted 1855 days ago

Here is website that may be of interest when you need to try to convert almost anything.
http://www.onlineconversion.com/
This is the result it gave for converting cubic meters to bf; 7 cubic meter = 2 966.4320046 board foot

On a completely different note, this is what I saw before I scrolled down to see the wood.
?
Does anyone see something other than a tree limb?

-- David, Southern Indiana

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papadan

1103 posts in 1871 days


#12 posted 1855 days ago

David, I noticed that lady looking at me too! LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1891 days


#13 posted 1854 days ago

That is just too cool.

Good eyes, David & Dan – I wish I had seen it first.

:-)

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Gary Fixler

1000 posts in 1884 days


#14 posted 1854 days ago

Excellent work! I just filled my hatchback today with a tree that fell over in LA. The city had cut it up, but hadn’t come back for it yet, so I loaded all the big logs in the car, then cut all the branches into smaller chunks between 1’ and 6’ and pushed them in on top of those. Filled the cargo area to the ceiling, and then went back for the big stump on trip #2 and found a bunch more pieces, as some guy who lived there must have had a bunch of the tree in his yard, and I didn’t notice on the first trip. He was dragging it all out when I got back. I asked “You don’t want this big stump?” He laughed and said “no” like I was crazy for suggesting it. The people in LA by and large don’t do woodworking.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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sikrap

968 posts in 1862 days


#15 posted 1838 days ago

I live in upstate NY and there are frequent storms that blow over trees such as maple and oak. I often can grab some pretty good size logs (with help of course), but what kind of equipment would I need to cut them into boards? Would it be worthwhile to grab the logs and offer to share the wood with a mill tat could saw them into boards?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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