The pine trees the previous owners planted along the edge of my property are
starting to annoy me. My neighbor's power and cable feeds run over my yard
and across that border, and I have to trim the trees constantly. Last
winter, there ice problems in spite of my trimming, and one of the trees
was so badly mangled that I went ahead and took it down. I cleaned out a
corridor for the lines, and while that works, it looks stupid.
I want to get rid of them and plant something interesting there. Roses of
sharon, lilacs, crab apples, redbuds... There are plenty of *good*
to plant under power lines that will also be much prettier.
I don't have a sawmill, obviously. I don't even have a chainsaw. I got the
first one down by limbing what was left of it with a bow saw, kerfing the
trunk all the way around with my Skil saw, then beating the hell out of it
with a sledge hammer until it broke off.
So what can I do with Jummywood trunks about 10" in diameter and about 8'
I guess the first question is whether or not there's enough usable lumber in
the trees to make it worth the effort of doing anything with them at all.
Is pine heartwood any good? I'd expect these things are at least half
If it's worthwhile, how can a man without so much as a chainsaw make lumber
out of a fallen tree? Maybe I could cut them up with my Skil saw? Flatten
one side with a shop made adz and use that as a stable base for kerfing,
then split off the kerfed bits or something?
Any clever Wreck wisdom here?
I guess as to the question of "worthwhile" I realize that I'd be looking at
a lot of work for very little return here. This is more of a project I'd
like to do just to see if I can do it without buying anything expensive,
because I like silly little challenges like this.
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