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04-27-2015 03:27 AM

So I had a tree I wanted to save for lumber and we talked about having it cut down in the future. It was a Black Cherry tree. The base is about 26 inches it runs straight for about 23 feet and is 20 inches in diameter there. well she had it cut down.

What do I do? I live in central Pennsylvania and my budget is tight right now.


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#1 posted 04-27-2015 03:40 AM

You can paint the ends and cover it with a tarp and wait til you can afford to have it milled.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 03:47 AM

The sooner you get it milled the better. At least try to get it off the ground.

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 04:20 AM

This woman whom you’re going to marry and had agreed to take the tree down sometime in the future went ahead and had it cut down without first telling you so you had time to figure out the logistics?

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#4 posted 04-27-2015 04:37 AM

I would beat that woman…

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#5 posted 04-27-2015 04:38 AM

Is she a blonde, by any chance?

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 04:41 AM

Not blone just excited. What do I paint the ends with?

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#7 posted 04-27-2015 04:44 AM

Regular old Latex paint is fine. I think pink is the works the best….

Just kidding color doesn’t matter. Don’t beat your wife. Yet.

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 12:24 PM

I’m betting she was trying to help you by surprising you with the “gift” of having gotten someone to cut the tree down. If that’s the case, you CANT be mad at her.
As we say in the South “Well Bless her heart” :-)
So now you have to deal with the felled tree. As said above AT LEAST paint the ends ( also any where that limbs were taken off ) and figure a way to get it off the ground. Maybe cut up a few of the limbs and use them under it.

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 12:34 PM

Get that log off the ground – bugs will get into it in days and start the decay process. Most mills will not do over 12’ lengths, many only do 8’. I would let it set until next spring get the MC down to 20% of below. Keeping it in log form will reduce checking. Support it every 5’ or so to keep it from bowing in the middle. In the mean time, call the portable saw mill companies, they keep a list of the people that have their saws and will give you contacts in your area.

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 02:43 PM

I’d suggest, after getting if off the ground, making some phone calls to local sawers to find out how much it’s gong to cost to get it milled so ya know how much you’re going to need. Sme sawers will cut the cost for a piece of the pie. If you can get it to the mill it will save some money.
In th meantime, I’d suggest studying up on drying lumber.

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#11 posted 04-27-2015 02:44 PM

Thank her for not letting it get chopped into firewood.

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#12 posted 04-27-2015 03:11 PM

In our part of the south – “Bless your heart” = “Go F yourself” LOL

I’d get an IOU from her, for some fun if she’s a keeper, other wise kick her to the curb :)

As far as the tree, I have no clue :(

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#13 posted 04-27-2015 03:39 PM

If you paint the ends you can usually find miscolored paint discounted. Just ask any paint store/home center if they have any paint that’s discounted/returned.

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#14 posted 04-28-2015 12:12 AM

Paint is a very poor substitute for Anchorseal to prevent checking/cracking on cut ends of logs and where limbs were cut off.

WoodMizer should be able to refer you to someone in your area with a mill. I mill logs for others for half the wood or on an hourly rate.

You will need to plan for stacking/stickering your boards properly after having it milled.

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#15 posted 04-28-2015 12:19 AM

I’d use her fingernail polish to paint the ends!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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