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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 07-02-2018 11:29 PM 1228 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For nearly a year a friend has been inviting me to look at some logs that were part of a grainery/corn crib that had been disassembled. They have been under cover for 2 years since his acquisition and he thought they might be wormy chestnut because of the obvious worm holes all over them.
Today I finally went to look at them and after a small cut off with my cordless sawzall and a larger cut off with his chain saw we found that the logs we inspected were in fact walnut. There are about 30 logs all together and a few of them were quite large.
My friend has a neighbor with a band saw type mill and said he would cut them for a fair price. He is going to check and see what that price is and that will be my cost in the lumber. I did promise to make him and the lady that gave him the timber a bowl out of some of the wood.
We are still hoping that when we pull some logs out that we get a chestnut or two, that would be great.
Any ideas of value for these logs ? I was told I could have as much as I want so I’ll probably get half a dozen logs and cut them to 8 feet or half length of the log and get them cut. Don’t have any idea how far or deep the worm holes are I can use wormy walnut just as easy as wormy chestnut

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 11:48 PM

Great find

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 12:37 AM

Those should make some pretty boards when you get them sawed. I wish I knew you wanted chestnut. I have some left from my bench but I would not have know what was left over from my bench at the time we met in Ohio. The wood I have is not wormy but I do have some chestnut logs with blue paint on them that are at least 10 years old in the back of the barn. I’ll bet they are all spalted and real pretty if not cracked too bad. I’ll crack one open this week and let you know.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-03-2018 12:40 AM

Lucky man, a find of a life time. Best I can offer regarding value would be to check with sawmills on rough cut walnut, then factor out the cost of sawing as you’ll be paying for that separately.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 12:54 PM

Walnut is walnut…worm holes & all Good find Richard ! Goodon’ya !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#5 posted 07-03-2018 04:32 PM

You are a “LUCKY PUPPY”—great score and a very fine rescue.

We will all be waiting to see the finished items too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 07-06-2018 04:15 AM

Lucky bugger you don’t even have to wait for it to dry, looking forward to seeing some real interesting pieces out of that lot :)
cheers Dick


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 07-06-2018 04:18 PM

Ahhh, life is good. When you live right good things happen – Happy for you Dick.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 07-06-2018 05:23 PM

No saw mill price yet but my concern is that he may not want to mill them because we did find nails in the ends of the logs.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 08-17-2018 11:33 PM

.15 cents bdft to cut the logs into 4/4 planks. Pretty sure that’s a good price for walnut and after looking at some of the other logs it sure looks like there is some wormy chestnut

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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