Wood Gloat

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Project by RandyMarine posted 07-06-2010 07:33 PM 3354 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

I didn’t know wether this was a Garden Tenders, or Home Refurbers, or Lumber Jocks project. So, I will be posting what I think is relevant to each site.

My neighbor had two Black Walnuts and a Norway Maple bordering our properties. Because, we live on a hill the ground started to erode and the trees started to lean toward my property. I asked my neighbor if I could cut them down…free to them…and keep the lumber. I wanted the wood for a new kitchen. I also had 2 trees on m property to take down. They agreed, and this is what happened.

Photo 1) This is what I ended up with.

Photo 2) The stack after milling.

Photo 3) Milling one of the 4 10’ logs

Photo 4) Watching that beast work….I am on the right.

Photo 5) This thing is a work of art.

Photo 6) The Walnuts before they were cut down.

I ended up with 396 bd/ft of Black Walnut..22 bd/ft of Crab Apple (is this anygood for furniture?)...the cedar was not straight, therefore a disappointment at 42 bd/ft…and the Maple was rotted..

I will be using the Black Walnut to make new kitchen cabinets for my house, the Cedar will be used for a grill caddy and a picnic table….any ideas for the Crab Apple?

I am also looking into building a solar kiln because a few people have approached me about doing the same for them…any ideas?
All in all I learned a ton and how difficult it can be to turn trees into lumber…

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 08:20 PM

And he Scores !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 08:38 PM

Fruitwood is always unique. Try to buy some.

I keep all logs and branches from my orchards over the years. I have apricot, plums, pin cherry, pie cherry, eating apples of many cultivars and any flowering crab I can get my hands on. I cut all branches that will make walking sticks/canes to size, remove all branch stubs and paint all scars and ends with anchorseal. Larger branches—ends and stubs sealed. Logs (loosely used term—usually not more than 4-5 inches) cut on bandsaw with green wood blade—-largest pieces are turned green now-today. If they will dry they must be sealed with anchorseal—the paint (latex or oil base that some LJs love) thing for fruit wood is a waste of time it does not work. (period) Use anchorseal. If you find any interesting grain/burl/crotches try to make thin stock out of it. Outstanding boxes, trinkets, nametags, small stuff—some very interesting grain, spalting (rot) and not much lost if it doesn’t work out (1/2” if possible). When the 2-3” branches are dry cut them round or diagonal and make nametags/award badges/ dirty campaign buttons/ or something nice for church. Epoxy a pinback on it.

I air dry everything—seems to carve, machine and finish better than KD although the solar kiln delivers about the same with more work. In my area it takes several months no matter what I do for drying. All offcuts, sawdust, twigs and everything else can be saved for use in the smoker, on the Weber, or on any grill at low fire (220-250 deg. F max. Does work best when the grill is covered and the fruitwood is fully soaked in water. Always marinate fish and poultry in light salt/brown sugar brine for 2-24 hours before cooking. Rinse in clear water or soak in clear water if you don’like it too salty. This ensures moist fish and quack.

So, to summarize, like they say about the pig——they use everything but the oink. With fruitwood, everything is used but the “TIMBER!!” Another pointless story from the master of pointless stories. Enjoy! s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 08:45 PM

I LOVE Walnut! Great Score!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 11:28 PM

Gloating, and with good reason. Congratulations on the haul!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 11:33 PM

Apple is good for smoking on the BBQ, Mmmmm

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 11:38 PM


-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 07-07-2010 12:22 AM

Very pretty wood & nice to put it to good use. I’m curious how thick you milled the green wood and I assume you will resaw this down for the cabinets as it looks pretty thick.

Thanks for the cool post, especially the pictures showing the whole process.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#8 posted 07-07-2010 01:03 AM

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#9 posted 07-07-2010 01:24 AM

Thanks all for your feedback.

So I take it Crab Applewood is only good for burning?

It was milled at 5/4 to allow for twisting. If it dries well, than I will have to see about a good band saw to resaw these peices.

any info on solar kiilns?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#10 posted 07-07-2010 01:26 AM

Looks like you had a great experience milling this lumber. Enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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#11 posted 07-07-2010 03:07 AM

Used the same milling machine to cut up my 100 year old ash tree. Pretty impressive how they just pick up those heavy logs. The tree was split in half by a heavy snow storm. I was only able to save a 12 ft section. Got some pretty awesome boards out of it though. I’ll trade you some ash for some walnut….hehehe

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#12 posted 07-07-2010 04:38 AM

Traditionally, back in the hay day of hand tools such as the Disston and Atkins days, Apple was always the wood of choice preferred for saw handles. Hard, dense, strong and finishes very smoothly. If feels very nice under the hand.

I’m super jealous of that walnut. That is some great wood. Shame on the maple. Be sure to post your projects that you build from this lumber.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#13 posted 07-07-2010 06:32 AM

Good score! You say you live on a hill, hopefully not too steep as there may be a small amount of reaction wood grown into the trees. Just be mindfull of that possiblity when it comes time to start cutting for projects.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#14 posted 07-07-2010 11:51 AM

Oh my this deserves a gloat!!!!! Looked fun cutting up allthem boards! Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 07-07-2010 12:06 PM

Great score. If you search Solar Kiln on LJ there are a couple of blogs on it.

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