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Posted on I have opportunity to take down a black walnut tree, but don't know what I'm doing.

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 01:22 AM

It’s definitely worth it. I have had smaller walnut trees milled and got great lumber out of them. I love projects that have the heartwood and sapwood together. Processing yourself will be difficult and you will only be able to do short boards. Look for a local mill and take the logs to it. Look on craigslist. You can really mill it anytime. when you take the trees down, seal the ends with something like anchor seal to prevent the ends from drying and cracking. Latex paint is better than nothing. Then you will need somewhere to stack, sticker and either weigh them down or strap down to keep them flat while they dry. In Connecticut it will probably approach a year to air dry 4/4 green wood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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