I had a tree service out to cut down a few trees yesterday and I am
exploring possible uses for the lumber.
There are three basic options; 1-Furniture, 2-Firewood, 3-Outright
The trees we had cut down were mostly Sycamore and one Ash. I've been
told that Sycamore is not a great value as firewood or woodworking
(furniture). The Ash is has value as both firewood and furniture.
I'm not an expert woodworker but I think that it would be neat to
build something out of the ash from my lot. The Ash up for discussion
is about 32" in diameter at the base and 20" at the top. It is about
25' long, straight and clear.
The real question is - what should I do with this thing?
Specifically - my research has lead me to the following pieces of
Volumes & Prices
o The gross volume is about 94 cubic feet (basic math)
o Equals 985 board feet of furniture (~10.5 bf per cf) (Ref 1)
o Equals 1.2 cords of firewood (~80 cf / cord) (Ref 2)
1) I pay about $200 / cord for firewood. So after I cut it and split
it, its worth about $240. What would the lumber be worth for someone
to come pick it up?
2) If I wanted to go the furniture route what do I need to do to the
wood so that I can build something that won't tear itself apart at the
joints? I have a decent table saw and basic woodworking tools. I'm
thinking about building something simple like a book case for my
To accomplish this, I would need to dry it (?-how and ?-$), dimension
it (?-how and ?-$) and then I could would have it to the point
equivalent to buying it at a wood shop - I'm comfortable at this
What do I need to do to get to that point?? What would you expect for
Any advice is much appreciated and thanks in advance.