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Forum topic by Woodhacker posted 11-05-2008 07:16 AM 1566 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2008 07:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: harvesting trees lumber walnut question

I have a question for any LJs who have experience in harvesting trees. I have the opportunity to cut a few black walnut trees. The landowner wants them cut down whether I do it or not. Unfortunately they’re not too big so I won’t get a huge amount of lumber, except perhaps for the largest among them. However, it’s growing at a slight angle vs. straight vertical. I’m guessing maybe 5-10 degrees. I’m wondering if the angle will affect any lumber milled from the trunk adversely…in other words, will the lumber have a tendency to warp at all…like branch wood will?

Any comments/advice would be appreciated.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 11-05-2008 12:29 PM


There may be a little reaction wood in it, but not enough to be worried about. 5 degrees in not a whole lot when speaking of trees leaning. I myself have my own sawmill and have not had issues with logs that lean like that. If the stumps are big enough, make sure you did them out and saw those too. The stumps are the best part of walnut trees IMHO. Just a lot of work is all.


-- Jeff, Indiana

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#2 posted 11-05-2008 02:35 PM

I second what Jeff said. I also run a sawmill. Typiically, walnut is flat-sawn. To control stress, the log (cant) is turned 180 after cutting one or two boards. This evens out the release of stress. When the opposing faces are evel in relation to the pith, the cant is flipped 90 degrees then the 180 degree alteration is repeated on the other two sides

Fortunately walnut is forgiving. But you can saw a bit thick so you have more to work with after any defects surface. Be sure to properly align the stickers and weigh the pile heavily.

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#3 posted 11-05-2008 03:56 PM

That is a third from another guy with a sawmill. I would not worry too much about the lean. Make sure to seal the ends of the logs as soon as you can and store them up off the ground until you have a chance to get them milled.

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 02:11 AM

Thanks to you all of you very much! This helps in knowing I’m probably not wasting my time.

I appreciate your comments and advice a great deal. Thanks again!!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 11-11-2008 08:28 AM

I live in Lawrence and would be interested in knowing who you are going to get to mill the lumber.



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