woodworkingnetwork.com | May 2018 | 48 |
How much is your log worth?
by Scott Wunder
Suburban sawyer demystifies the process and value
of salvaging lumber from yard trees.
The short answer is probably not as much as you had hoped, but you’re not here for the short answer, so I’ll
give you the long one.
I mill, sell and work with lumber from
mostly suburban settings with lots of yard
trees salvaged from tree services and a
decent number of logs from wooded settings, usually where a building is about
to be erected. My log supply can range
from barely usable to awesomely perfect.
I normally pay nothing for my logs and
only buy a couple of logs per year, which
I just can’t live without. I mostly don’t
pay for logs because I mostly don’t have
to. There are lots of logs available to me,
especially if I am willing to pick them up.
Since I work in an area with a large
White oak logs don’t get much better than this 16-foot long x 30-inch diameter example. Yet,
the veneer buyer wasn’t interested in purchasing it because the color was not good.
This walnut tree was about 90 years old and produced a very nice stem. The bottom log has about 250 bf. in it and would fetch about $500
dollars delivered to a sawmill. The top log in the pile and the second log up in the tree has about 200 bf. in it and would be worth about $175.