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Offline eroma

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milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:48:43 AM »
Okay, having read these posts I know I'm very naive about this process, but I'd like to turn a black walnut tree from my yard (that I need to take down) into a dining room table, if possible. The tree is about 17-18" in diameter and perhaps 30 feet tall. Any idea who may be able to help with this process in Northern Virigina?  At the very least I know I need the tree milled and the wood dried (from my reserach, the kiln seems the way to go on this).  My father and brother are both carpenters, so I can always have them turning the raw materials into a table, once the wood is ready to go.  Thanks for any guidance you can provide! 

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Re: milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 10:10:46 AM »

Where in N. VA are you located?  There are several millers in the area.


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Re: milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
30 feet is a short tree. When you say 17-18" is that the measurement around the tree? Walnut is the gentlemans wood. It dries fairly easily and good luck on starting your sawdust addiction  8)

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Re: milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 01:26:39 PM »
Might check with the Virginia Forest Products Assoc. (  If they are any thing like the Missouri Forest Products Assoc, they have a pretty complete list of loggers & sawyers, including some portable sawmills.  Wish I were closer! Be careful bringing that tree down (Or better yet, get a professional to do it).  Houses and power lines are like tree magnets.  A tree will absolutely defy the known laws of gravity to take out a powerline.  Go ahead, ask me how I know...
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Re: milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 02:02:57 PM »
Finding a local sawmill operator will be the main thing. With only a couple of smaller logs you will be best to carry the logs to the mill to reduce the cost. Otherwise the travel / setup for the mill may be more than the cost of the sawing.

Because it's walnut you don't really "need" to kiln it. It will air dry fine in maybe 6 months.

It's certainly practical to do this, main thing is getting the log sawn. Everything else you can do with normal home woodworking tools.

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Re: milling a walnut tree in No. Va.?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 03:13:19 PM »
eroma,welcome to the forum. A portable mill may charge a set up fee just for a few logs. But if you have no way to get the logs to a mill that maybe the way to go. If someone does come and saw it on your land,you will need to get rid of the slabs and clean up the sawdust too. Yard trees are known to have metal in them too. I would wait to cut the tree down. Talk to a sawyer,he may be able to help you out with where to cut it and why to get the best lumber. By the way,do you know how to cut a tree down?? Is the tree close to your house,power lines,street?
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