cutting down trees

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  1. karlbischoff
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    karlbischoff Bischoff Boatworks

    Hey all you lumber folk! I have a tree question for you.

    My nephew is about to build a new house on his lot and will be clearing 10 trees (cedar and fir). How big a diameter is worth keeping and milling, vs using for firewood? I would assume there would be a minimum needed to clear the heart and sap wood.

    Thanks so much for any guidelines.
     
  2. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    You should find a market for everything down to 6 inch diameter. Local artists might even be interested in smaller diameter cedar for "whittling" art. Shavings of cedar can be used for pot pouri and hamster cages. Smaller diameter fir pieces can be turned for railing spindles. Check with local woodworkers/artisans.
     
  3. hoytedow
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    You can make tiny items for hobby shops/dollhouse boutiques.
     
  4. cthippo
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    Pretty much what Hoyt said. When I worked in lumber mills 1' diameter and less was pretty common. Surprisingly, Cedar isn't worth as much since most dimensional lumber these days is SPF (Spruce - Pine - Fir).
     
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    I think its going to depend on how clear it is. Cedar strips are popular in strip building. Strips do not need a large cross-section. It's more a matter of how often a length of grain is interrupted by a knot.
     

  6. hoytedow
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    Cedar chests and humidors don't need large pieces, nor do cedar coathangers or picture frames or birdfeeders etc.
     
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