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Forum topic by PG_Zac posted 03-10-2009 05:32 PM 1774 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2009 05:32 PM

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.


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.

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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#1 posted 03-10-2009 05:38 PM

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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#2 posted 03-10-2009 06:09 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 06:12 PM

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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#4 posted 03-10-2009 06:57 PM

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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#5 posted 03-10-2009 11:43 PM

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...

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#6 posted 03-10-2009 11:47 PM

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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#7 posted 03-11-2009 07:11 AM

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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#8 posted 03-20-2009 09:59 PM

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 - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#9 posted 03-20-2009 10:10 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 03-21-2009 01:35 AM

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

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#11 posted 03-22-2009 05:40 PM

Here is website that may be of interest when you need to try to convert almost anything.
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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#12 posted 03-22-2009 10:57 PM

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

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#13 posted 03-23-2009 06:44 AM

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

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#14 posted 03-23-2009 09:00 AM

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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#15 posted 04-09-2009 01:34 AM

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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