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r.garrison1
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Quiz for the day: How would you cut this?

This tree is on public land, so I won't get the chance, but I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how to use this.I thought some of you would enjoy trying to figure how to get the best use of this tree. Now

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t408/rgarrison11/Tree_2_zps980c508f.jpg

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t408/rgarrison11/Tree_zps95a5ddd0.jpg

Now for me, I think I would take the branches of and try and treat them as main stems (for the ones headed upward, at least). It may be possible to slab some of them into curved benches, or something. Not sure how to get some really long material, though. The first fork is only less than 5' from the ground.

Baron
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Great question:

Cut the limbs real thin ( So they would burn evenly as kindling). Then I would slab the trunk in 10/4 and sticker it outside with tin roofing over it. 

What is it. What species and how big. Couple of those limbs may work for your own use as lumber. Other limbs may make good blocking for use in between stacked pallets of lumber, or when shipping. There is bound to be lots of Shake to pick through

 

r.garrison1
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It's an oak tree that is at least 40" diameter at the base. Found it while walking the dogs (I've passed it quite a few times, but wasn't thinking about how to cut it before.

Roland

Post Oakie
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I agree with slabbing the trunk, though it may take a chain saw mill.  While I don't generally mill limbs, I'd make an exception for this one.  The idea of curved benches is good.  Another possibility is to cut lots of cookies.  Depends some on whether you know any custom woodworkers who could use the wood.  If working for a customer, I'd do this on by the hour!

Baron
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Do people acually buy cookies? i've never seen them in shops and so forth. I regularly stay at a Courtyard by Mariot that has a oak cookie floor and its really interesting.

Post Oakie
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Cutting on speculation is always iffy.  Problem is, people want wood ready to use NOW, so the trick is to have a stash of oddball stuff (like cookies) that has been air drying for a year or two.  No way to predict what people will want, but when you've got the right product for a customer, you can charge a premium.  Very different from market-driven products like flooring and railroad ties.

Danzaland
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I like to twist things and make them soo much more difficult than needed

I'd leave some of the large limbs attached and make a structure, table on a large scale.

Like outlined in the pic

https://danzaland.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/tree-table.jpg

 

Yeah it would be huge, and heavy, but cutting it greenwould be better for teh sculpter?

 

Twisted, i know.

r.garrison1
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That's a great idea. I can think of that as a bar, a large buffet table, or an interesting conference table. Maybe make enough slabs, and try all three.

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