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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 01:41 AM

In most locations it WILL be profitable for you to hire a portable bandsaw. Walnut goes for about $7 and up around here. Find out what the saw owner charges per BF to saw, and you’ll see how much you’ll save. For my part, I’m always out of walnut.

I’ve taken down a giant cherry tree and some maples on my property. The cherry’s first branch was 20 feet above the ground and the lowest log was over 32 inches in diameter. No way I’m cutting up that caliber of wood for burning. I haul my logs to a local logger and have them quarter sawn. I did not make up this method, but I’ve used it three or four times with two sawyers. It’s easy if you have the diagram and you get lots of QS material, plus four perfectly rift sawn timbers for table legs or bed posts. Don’t consider it a waste of wood. You’ll have some firewood from the waste and maybe a few flat sawn boards. It’s great to work with QS wood which doesn’t move around. I dry mine for two years in a barn. Here’s the diagram:

Cut three boards from the middle of the log, the center one exactly through the pith. Expect to rip out the pith and have two perfectly QS boards.

Now take the two “half moons” left and put them face to face and stand them up so that you can saw the number 2 cuts.

From the small quarters left, put two of them face to face and place the other two faces down on the carriage. Cut the timbers from this.

When most of your wood is QS, your face frames will be so much easier to match. Save what good cathedral arch grain you get from flat sawing smaller logs and use them for panels.

By the way, I have most of the log sawn to 5/4. I can always resaw to 5/8 panels if I want, or plane out the saw marks and have true one inch boards. It looks so much better than 3/4 for table tops.

If the trees are 14 and 18 inches diameter, I’d flat saw the smaller one and QS the larger. Then I’d smile all the way to the barn, where I’d sticker them like firefighter said.

-- Dale

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