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Use for large limbs
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:49:26 AM »
We had several trees removed for logs, we heat with wood some of these limbs and logs look like more than firewood. The logs were to short for market due to length, three walnut trees had wire at fence height the logger stated the blue travels up and no value to logs. I understand metal and sawing it just seems crafters could use lumber. Any input will help.
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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014, 06:56:11 AM »
Limb wood generally makes poor lumber because of tension wood.  On high value species like walnut, I would consider having any large diameter pieces sawn into lumber, but nothing smaller than about 10 - 12" on the small end.  I would definitely saw the log above the fence and wire.  There would be nothing wrong with that wood. 
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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 09:51:14 AM »
Suggestion....... If you saw limb-wood into lumber, saw them oversized and once the lumber is dry, you can resaw to the desired size!
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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 05:06:51 PM »
What's wrong with a little wire in walnut?  It just adds character!  A bi-metal cobaltized blade chews right through it.
 

 
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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014, 08:26:06 PM »
My planer cringes.
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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2014, 08:41:21 PM »
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trees had wire at fence height the logger stated the blue travels up and no value to logs

The mill will automatically  reject logs that show metal stain, because they can't be sure if the metal was left in the stump, or is still in the log.

Now if you are reasonably certain that it was all left in the stump, then it's worth the risk of having them sawn. The wood will still be OK, even if there is some stain. You just call that character. If you are wrong, you are out ~$20 for the saw band that get messed up. If the tree has forked, and the branches you are talking about where growing near vertical, then they may not be too bad for stress. Otherwise, cut them a bit oversize, and expect to plane off more wood than usual. There may be some nice figured wood there. Turning blanks is also a good use for short pieces.

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Re: Use for large limbs
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014, 08:56:27 PM »
Curved limbs make great curved braces:

 

  



  



 

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2014, 07:47:55 AM »
Nice.  How did you clamp it down to mill a curved piece like that? ???
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