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Posted on Cutting Down 30yr old Birch Tree - Worth Saving for Lumber

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 01:34 PM

I would say that it depends on what tools you have available to you and what you like to make.

Do you have a bandsaw? If so, maybe you’d want to keep some logs a few feet long that are narrow enough to fit your saw. Slice off boards that you could use to build small, decorative boxes.

Do you have a lathe? I see a lot of crotches on that tree. Maybe turn some bowls or something. Or use thinner limbs to turn handles for various tools.

There are a lot of options – only limited by your imagination and space to store/dry it all.

Just a couple weeks ago, I cut down a tree in my yard. I’m planning on trying to mill it up in the future. But it was dead and most of the bark had already fallen off. My plan is to get a wedge into some checks that are on the surface and split it using wedges until I can get some pieces small enough for my bandsaw.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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