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post #1 of 7 Old 09-27-2014, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Best use of medium size English walnut tree

Hello,

I have a medium sized English walnut tree in my back yard, see attached picture. I would like to know if this tree might have any use for woodworking if I were to cut it down.

The red line in the picture marks the bottom of the lowest (now removed) branch. It's about 40 inches from the ground and the tree trunk circumference is about 62 inches at that point (so diameter is a bit less than 20 inches).

The tree is located in Portland, OR. If you live nearby and you are interested in the tree, feel free to send me a private message.

However, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion regardless of where you are located!

Thank you!
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I think that its best use is to just leave it alone. It makes a very nice shade tree. Why would you want to cut it down.

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Hi George,

are you implying that this type of wood is not useful for woodworking?

The decision whether or not the tree will be cut is independent of its usefulness for woodworking, so I feel this is a bit beside the point, but to answer your question, the tree is basically too big for my backyard. Also, "shade" is not as valuable a commodity in Portland, OR as it is in Florida... :)
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Hi George,

are you implying that this type of wood is not useful for woodworking?

The decision whether or not the tree will be cut is independent of its usefulness for woodworking, so I feel this is a bit beside the point, but to answer your question, the tree is basically too big for my backyard. Also, "shade" is not as valuable a commodity in Portland, OR as it is in Florida... :)
if you want to cut it down , find some one local for the wood, it would be fine , for projects, once the wood is sawed up and eather kiln or air dryed, don't expect to get much for it , or just free to get rid of it, my 2 cents
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IMHO if your cutting the tree for money I think you'll be disappointed since there is not a lot of great wood in that tree at that size. Give it another 100 years and you'll have something besides firewood.

Good luck,

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Unforturnately, that tree is so small that there will be very little yeild of any heartwood. In walnut, it's the heartwood that yeilds the dark colored wood most are looking for for furniture. Most of the sawn boards will be sapwood which is almost white. google here for more details http://wunderwoods.wordpress.com/201...teamed-walnut/

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Thank you all for your input!
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