I have very large (living) white oak 32" (inch) diameter and 60-70'(feet)
tall that will need to come down soon as it is slowly becoming a hazard.
It would be a shame if it were to go up a chimney or into some chipper
unless that is all that is possible.
I was hoping I could salvage the wood somehow, possibly for making boards,
oak flooring possibly ? any other ideas ?
How do i go about that ? who to call ? what to search for ?
I don't know the value of such an idea (how much board produced) nor who
or what to search for. A more knowledgeable neighbor said a big mill usually
won't touch any urban trees or they won't touch the first 12 feet due to
contamination with nails, screws, etc . Additionally he suggested with
larger mills the tree will just be added to a collection of trees with no
guarantee any boards you get will come from that tree.
So I am looking for ideas and advice on what to do with such a large tree
and how to go about it ?
Thanks for any helpful ideas,
Wood-Mizer has a network of private owners that will come to your
location and slice wood ready for drying. The only thing I'm not sure
about is who to hire or how to determine that your tree is healthy and
solid, not rotted out on the inside. You might be able to determine
that by getting someone local to cut is down and then examine the
On 3/21/2014 7:27 AM, email@example.com wrote:
It seems backwards, but it may be best to call the Wood-Mizer guy
referred to you first. He may have a cousin that takes trees down or
will give you a lead on a reasonably priced arborist.
Once the wood is cut, you will have to stack and dry it, but you mayh
already know about that. It would be nice to do the floors or make
furniture from the wood growing in your yard.
As for the comment about the nails and screws int he tree, I bought some
cherry a while back and one of the boards had shotgun pellets embedded
Thanks to everyone who replied. Great ideas that I was unaware. I am a
little wiser now.
I am close to Atlanta and there are a number of hits on the Wood-Mizer
within 45 minute drive.
The tree is a little bigger than i thought, it is 10 ft around 4 ft off the
ground (so 36 inches) maybe taller too.
I will try to remember a video if I take that path.
If I didn't have a convenient place for stacking that much wood for drying
would a large non-conditioned storage unit work ? maybe there is a timing or
technical issue for not doing that.
thanks again to all for ideas and help ,
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:55:52 AM UTC-5, robb wrote:
Definitely, it will work. Lumber is air dried all the time. Dries about 1
" thickness per year. Sticker the lumber for air drying. Wash off (water
hose) the saw dust, before stickering/stacking.... sometimes sawdust (and
dirt dust) retains moisture long enough for it to mold and mildew on the bo
ard's faces, causing blackening or other discoloring on your boards, so get
the sawdust off before storing/drying.
I just had a log milled and this morning hosed the boards/sawdust off, see
pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/?details=1
On Friday, March 21, 2014 6:02:01 AM UTC-5, robb wrote:
You say it's in a hazardous position, so I assume you, yourself, won't be c
utting it down. A tree service will likely charge you $2K-$3K to cut down
that size tree... that pricing may include removing the wood and grinding t
he stump. I would think, just to cut the tree down, they would charge $1K,
at the least, in an urban setting.
Once the tree is down:
A private miller, with portable mill, may charge $150-$200 just to mill (th
rough-&-through cutting method) the lumber, itself, and charge an additiona
l fee for his going to you, setup.... another $200 (i.e., $100/hr)?
Using a through-and-through cutting method (cheapest and have the natrual e
dge on at least one edge of your boards), 1/3 of your lumber will be quarte
r sawn and you'll get about 1200-1500 Square ft of lumber (boards milled to
1 1/4" thick).... or you'll get maybe 1500-1700 Square ft of lumber, if th
e boards are milled to 1" thickness. *Lumber is usually milled to 1 1/4" t
hick, to allow for subsequent planing to desired finished thickness.... ER
Cedar may be, generally is, an exception to that.
Once your lumber is milled, kiln drying will cost you. If doing your own a
ir drying, you will have about 5%-10% of your lumber warp or check, to the
point that it may be waste, having to trim it for your flooring application
Only quibble I have is that hardwoods are roughsawn and sold in bulk on
"quarters" -- 4/4 and 5/4 are two very common thicknesses. If the
intent is for flooring w/ 3/4" thickness there's no sense in sawing at
5/4 with a full 1/2 overage. If the sawyer is any good at all he'll be
able to hit the mark spot-on.
If the purpose is general-purpose furniture/cabinet-making then there
would be reason to saw several different thickness including some 6- and
8/4 for structural pieces as legs, cabinet bases, etc., ...
Much depends on what is found about the quality of the log and also
whether we're talking a white oak or one of the reds--the white oak of
that size if good log could be well worth cutting for the quarter-sawn
features ensuing therefrom.
On Friday, March 21, 2014 11:03:26 AM UTC-5, dpb wrote:
for flooring w/ 3/4" thickness there's no sense in sawing at 5/4 with a fu
ll 1/2 overage. If the sawyer is any good at all he'll be able to hit the m
ark spot-on. If the purpose is general-purpose furniture/cabinet-making the
n there would be reason to saw several different thickness including some 6
- and 8/4 for structural pieces as legs, cabinet bases, etc., ... Much depe
nds on what is found about the quality of the log and also whether we're ta
lking a white oak or one of the reds--the white oak of that size if good lo
g could be well worth cutting for the quarter-sawn features ensuing therefr
Yep, I agree with all you say. I was thinking flooring, only.
I've been using a private miller for 20+ years and my price quoting was for
my area, south Louisiana. I think I get a little discount, being buddies
with the miller's Uncle, the original miller.
That walnut log I had milled 2 yrs ago, 1 1/4" thick for table tops, got ab
out 400 bf of lumber and we hit 2 nails (2 blades), he charged me $120 tota
l - $26 per blade, his cost, no mark up. I brought the log to him, also.
I'm hoping to have a 20"-24", 10' pecan log milled tomorrow. We'll see wha
t the fee is for 1 1/2" - 2" slabs, for making some "George Nakashima" hea
Like the others have posted - get a guy with a portable bandsaw mill.
If you can give him a full days work - and provide a couple good
grunts to assist - you'd be surprised how quickly a pile of lumber
appears ! Your oak tree might be only ~ 2 hours of sawing ..
Good luck - let us all know how it works out.
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