Making Lumber

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Project by cdarney posted 08-23-2014 04:50 PM 2129 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had several trees that were starting to hand way too far over the house and needed to have them removed. There were a total of nine trees that needed to go. Of those nine, six were very nice 100+ year old white oaks.. We had someone come in and crane the trees out and it really opened the house to more sun. I kept 13 of the white oak logs and the folks removing the trees kept the rest. I had someone come in with a portable sawmill to quarter saw all 13 of the logs I kept.

With almost 2700 BF of QSWO, I think I see a few future projects that should keep me busy for a while!

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 06:04 PM

Fiuuu. Good harvested! Congratulation, and hope to see the next proyects!.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 09:07 PM

Will you share what it cost to have the portable bandsaw come in and slice them up? That has to be exciting to have that much white oak.

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 10:24 PM

Just out of curiosity – What were the other three trees? Were they worth keeping for the tree removal folk?

Have fun devising projects for all that oak. Be sure to post your finished projects.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 10:39 PM

Looks like a very practical exercise in clearing and replenishing/stocking up on timber

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 10:44 PM

Wow. Lucky dog. I’m jealous. It is one of my dreams to own some land someday where I can harvest some lumber.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 11:57 PM

Nice, nice, nice… wish I had that kind of wood around here.
We have to order our wood, and I sure wish I could get a couple hundred board feet at a reasonable price.
hint hint

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 05:49 AM

I had to do the same thing a few years back, remove 7 trees to close to the shop and house. A lot of nice oak you have now.

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#8 posted 08-24-2014 12:37 PM

Thanks all. The wood will have a little while to dry before I can start making things but I think I can wait.

@Core2 – Quarter sawing the logs took two full days +. The guy charged $40/hr. It would have been $750 for the time but he charged me $650 because he underestimated the job to me. A pretty good deal I think. It cost 3 or 4 times that to get the trees taken down.

@Leafherder – There were five large white oaks, one very large poplar, one good sized red oak and a small hickory that was too small to use. I have no use for the poplar and with a 50+ inch base, the portable saw could not have handled it. Red oak is easy enough to come by and I don’t have the space to store the wood to dry. I just kept the bottom 25 or so feet of each of the white oaks. The company took the rest.

@Robert – Lumber…firewood…kindling…mulch. I sure didn’t want to see the trees go to waste.

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#9 posted 08-25-2014 04:35 AM

Thanks for the info. My dad and I have talked about slicing a tree up. Now we will have an idea of what to expect cost wise.

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#10 posted 08-25-2014 02:37 PM


“I had several trees that were starting to hand way too far over the house and needed to have them removed.”

Translation: I ran out of wood and only the fear of death got my wife on board with the idea :)

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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