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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 05-28-2017 06:54 PM 1598 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2017 06:54 PM

I have three big trees that must be removed as they have become a safety risk. (Falling down)
Here are photographs of the trees. They are some kind of pine I think. The trunks are about 80” in circumference and the branches are around 36” each. There is a lot of wood here. Does anyone know what the wood is? If it’s useful can I sort of make the tree removal a benefit!? I’ll have to pay a tree company to cut them down and remove them, it won’t be cheap. I’m thinking I can use the brush for mulch if they chip them up and leave them here in a pile, that would probably save a few dollars. If I can use the logs that would save some more. There is a sawyer not far from here that can cut up the logs for me. Will the logs be worth the cost or should I have them removed?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 07:13 PM

I would talk to the sawyer before calling a tree service. Had about sixteen adult long leaf pine trees from my yard many years ago by a pulp wood man, cost was cheap. Had to get rid of the branches myself. While did not get any money for my trees some parts of the country a sawyer will pay you. Back then would not think of turning pine but that all changed couple years ago.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 05-28-2017 07:40 PM

It depends if you want to work with pine or not.
Many people here think it’s a trash wood I guess because it’s not some kind of exotic wood but I actually like it.
I think it also has to do with the thinking that if it’s sold in the big box stores and it doesn’t come from a true wood worker’s store, it’s not for fine furniture.

I have some really nice slabs from some pine trees that I had to cut down and I’m about to build a cabinet with it for the top. If the price makes sense to get it milled, then go for it. One problem with it is that it can be very high in pitch so can make sanding, and working it difficult. One thing to help with that is to put it into a kiln to help set the pitch at a high temperature.

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#3 posted 05-28-2017 07:45 PM

Thank you both. Do you think it’s Long Leaf Pine? I don’t have any experience with pine, The closest is with Doug Fir which we use for construction out here.

-- Ken

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#4 posted 05-28-2017 08:19 PM

Yes, they are good for many things.

They are a long needled pine (can’t be sure which, and I’m not sure it matters.) They are not “longleaf pine” That grows in the east. (not California)

Have your sawyer look them over and listen to what he says. Pine makes wonderful furniture and is easy to work. (unless you have longleaf or loblolly of one of the other tough yellow pines from out here. don’t worry you live in California)

Before you have it cut into boards. Think about how and where you will dry it. There will be a big load of wood. Can you use all of it? What would you do with the remainder?

Don’t be like me.Think first

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#5 posted 05-29-2017 02:03 AM

If you are in is not longleaf, which only grows in the southeast. If it were you would know by the length of the needles, which are 12” to 18” long.
Longleaf, though in short supply now, is one of the best framing materials ever used.

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#6 posted 05-29-2017 10:51 AM

Echo what other said about long leaf pine only grows here on the east coast, not sure which species you have but believe common on the west coast.

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 05-29-2017 02:05 PM

The branching pattern of the tree may also be a factor on how worthwhile it is to try to have it sawn into lumber. You mentioned that the branches are 36” around (~11” diameter). That is a pretty big branch for a pine tree. The other factor that affects the quality of the wood you’ll get is how long and straight the logs you cut out of the tree are. You would probably want logs of at least 8’ long with no significant branches. An 11” wide branch coming out of the middle of one of your logs would probably not give you great boards from that log, for example Your sawyer should be able to give you some good advice and tell you if it is worth your while. You could also see if there are any guys with mobile sawmills that will come do it on site. Also be aware that some of these sawyers will charge you for a broken blade if they hit a nail while sawing your trees up so make sure you ask what all the fees are.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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