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hazazil's picture
what type of tree is this?

I found a huge maple tree that had been cut down and left by the road. After speaking with the owners of it, they said I could have it. I picked this tree up , not sure what it is. It has a ton of sap on it. No other trees like it around and no leaves or anything to help me identify it.

Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture

If that's maple (or any hardwood), I'll eat it!  I'm no expert on softwoods, but some species of pine would be my first guess.

Good judgement comes from experience... experience comes from bad judgement.

sawdoc's picture

No mystery that's a white spruce. Too knotty for lumber and terrible firewood. Owner is happy you hauled it away for free!:)

hazazil's picture

Aha, well I figured since I had room on the truck I mine as well grab it, worse case is I don't use it. I never seen so much sap ever. I'll probably cut into it just to see whats inside :) Thanks though

farmerjohn's picture

I would saw it up anyway.  That's half the fun of running a sawmill, that is, opening up another log to see the beauty of the wood.  Use lots of Pine-sol in your water and you'll probably do okay.  Here's another question on a kind of wood.  A man gave this log to me telling me it was an oak, but it doesn't look like any other oak I have sawed.  It's heavy but it looks kind of like elm to me, but there's not much elm around here anymore. I'll see if I can get a couple pictures on here.


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Let's try this again.



r.garrison1's picture

I was thinking some kind of spruce (which I love), but SawDoc beat me to it. Those knots would drive me crazy. Maybe saw up and make some small wood toys or something?

I've cut some spruce that don't have knots until into the second (or third) log, and I love the boards it makes. Knots really make the difference.

marideal's picture

If it is a decent diameter then I would slab it. The spiral grain may cause it to twist while drying. Place your stickers close together (16” on centre) with one close to each end of the slab. Shield the top of the stack from rain and sun but keep the sides open to allow air to flow across the slabs. If you can, put weight on top of the pile to help keep the boards flat. happy wheels by Total Jerkface