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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

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's picture

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


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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.


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!

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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's picture

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


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


Twisted, i know.

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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.

Elliot Houghton
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A sawmill was a sawmill whose machinery was powered by falling water or, less frequently, by wind (windmills). The word mill was probably used because the first devices to grind grain were powered by a windmill or a waterwheel, i.e. mills - from the word "to grind". And when sawmills also powered by the waterwheel came along, they became commonly known as "mills", with the addition of the qualifying word "saw mill", i.e. for sawing timber.

Often, the mill was situated immediately behind a dam. Water from the pond, from the working cut, by means of pipes or gutters was supplied to each device, including the sawmill. The water wheel, which rotated the water, was located at the bottom of the structure. A system of gears and pulleys was used to drive the sawmill on the upper tier of the structure. The logs were fed horizontally, while the saw blades, arranged parallel to each other, were fixed vertically.

A transmission from a water wheel set the blades in motion (up and down) and they sawed a log into several boards, or removed a "slab" if a beam was to be made. The gap between the saws was adjustable, allowing for different plank thicknesses. Unfortunately, the drawings of the sawmills are very technical and it is difficult to see how the mechanism worked.

I get very tired working in a sawmill, but I know how to have fun in , and it calms me down)

Michael Gert
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To prune a tree limb cleanly and safely, as shown in the image above, use a pruning saw and make these three sequential cuts:

On the bottom of the limb between 6 and 12 inches from the trunk; cut about one-quarter of the way through.
Through the limb from the top, starting about 1 inch beyond the first cut. (The weight of the branch may cause it to snap off before the cut is complete.)
Completely through the short remaining stub from top to bottom just beyond the swollen branch collar. (Support the stub while sawing to make a clean cut.)