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Forum topic by Graft21 posted 05-26-2015 12:48 AM 666 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2015 12:48 AM

So I got some good news today. My father inlaw is cutting down a black walnut tree on his property. I immediately said that I wanted the trunk so I can have it milled into lumber. The tree isn’t huge, it’s only 13 inches or so in diameter. I am hoping to be able to get some good 5/4 and maybe a few 8/4 boards out of it as well as some turning blanks out of the limbs. Does anyone have experience with this? What can I expect to get from a tree this size? I am calling a portable sawmill tomorrow but does anyone have any thoughts on what this may cost?

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 01:30 AM

I would charge you $60/hour to mill it. Many sawyers charge by the board foot. Rates are around $.35 to $.50 per board foot. However, with only one small log, you will not be able to get a portable sawmill to come and saw the log for those board foot rates as the travel and set-up costs are too high to make it worthwhile. You need to think about taking the log to the sawmill. That will save you a lot of money.

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

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 01:34 AM

I charge $35 per hour, $18 for the blade or half the lumber

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

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