This week in urban logging #10: Busy week...and it's only Monday

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 11-04-2008 02:47 AM 5363 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Todays haul. These logs came from trees at a warehouse expansion. The company owns many acres and some of it is timbered. They hired a tree service buddy of mine to remove the marketable logs and, well market them. Believe it or not not long ago logs like this would have been just bulldozed (and far too many still are) to make room for “progress”. I will keep this blog entry short but have to explain this tree service is 3rd generation and until we started working together the only marketable product of their tree removal was fire wood for sale ! I am tired but happy. The company had to clear 2 acres for more buildings, these trees where “in the way” they are in my yard.

A few stragglers, 2 cedar 2 black locust and a birch.

What made my day. 23 walnut logs 8’ long (well over 1000 board feet) delivered.

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#1 posted 11-04-2008 02:58 AM

wow,way to go.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#3 posted 11-04-2008 04:42 AM

Sure you can spare some for me, 50bft won’t bleed you shop I supposed.
When I’m strolling nearby your shop I will let you know. LOL… Just kidding..

You are lucy DN, pitty myself – a year ago I approched the owner of a small scale courier service, offered him to purchase one or two shipping pallet board laying at the backyard. He turned me down with good reason of course, “I using them”. “Ok I buy the broken one” I persuaded him. “No no no…I’m using..”
I was badly in need a few pieces to test my new router at that time. I had no choice, got to purchase S4S lumber at the hardware store – which was very expensive.

But thanks God, a few months after that I found a pickup load of pallet boards that other people not using them.

Now those pallet boards can be seen at the backyard have changed colour from light yellow into black, which I think he istill wants to use them.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-04-2008 04:00 PM

It’s going to cost you a million dollars in stickers to saw and dry all of that! Good luck cutting it all. I spent an hour or two working with a guy with a woodmizer once time. One time was enough… :-)

Kudos to you for keeping a little out of the landfill.

-- Steven

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#5 posted 11-04-2008 06:25 PM

My heart beat was out of control when I saw all that beautiful Black Walnut! I actually said out loud – “Awwwww beautiful!” Good thing I was alone when I did that.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 11-04-2008 11:09 PM

Great haul.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Daren Nelson

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#7 posted 11-05-2008 01:09 AM

Steven you said it, constantly making stickers is a pain in my hiney.

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#8 posted 11-05-2008 01:26 AM

Great catch. Delivered, What a haul.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-05-2008 02:46 AM


What type of wood do you use to sticker black walnut? I’m wondering this since I will soon be milling up some black walnut also, and I have an abundance of white oak that I can use for stickers. Do you think it will cause staining?

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 11-05-2008 03:15 AM

I don’t like oak for stickers, tannic acid reaction. I had a bad experience using red oak one time, and never did it again white oak would not be as bad…but I personally would not use it. Since I do my own milling I mill stuff like cottonwood for stickers (as I mentioned, pain in my hiney) The sticker debate goes way back, some guys use the same wood, just cut stickers as they mill the log from the “scrap”. I prefer dry wood as do most. Walnut is very forgiving, something like maple your are guaranteed sticker stain using wet wood. Basically any dry hardwood except oak would be my first choice, nothing wrong with pine either.

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#11 posted 11-05-2008 04:31 PM

Wow, Daren… great find. That is certainly a huge score! I’m really envious over the walnut, I’d love to have about 500bf. When you don’t have anywhere to go with it, and you’ve got to find someone to store it permanently, just give me a holler!!... LOL!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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