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Cutting Advice- Snapped Tree

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jdp1152, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Only takes one pinch to learn to cut from the bottom. A bit more tiring, but valuable technique.

    Going back to the picture I posted....I'm sure it's soft maple.... thinking boxelder. Thoughts from the members here?

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  2. ScotO

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    a split or two would tell us a lot more.....
    red streaks in the splits would indicate box elder for sure....

    *edit* didn't see your pics on the earlier post til after I wrote this. I don't think you have box elder. I'm thinking silver maple......
  3. jdp1152

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    I'll get some pictures tomorrow. My brother just texted yet another lame excuse for being able to show up so I'll likely just split what I can and load up. The pictures in the previous post aren't the same tree...though any soft maple wouldn't be a surprise. If you look in the distance, you can see 2 trees on the ground, but not enough to give any real indication. I do know that maple heartwood is much larger/more unusual in moist areas with little sunlight....seems to fit the bill for this location. Regardless, I welcome any soft maple so I can give my norway and sugar maple stacks a bit longer to season.
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    I Like the staggered under cut for more control
  5. jdp1152

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    Here is a better picture of the original photo. You can see where the guy's neighbor attempted cut (and poorly) until the wood splintered and a few end shots of the wood. Wood smells very sweet. Actually haven't noticed that smell before while splitting. Really enjoyed it on the ride home (packed the 4Runner full). Owner insists its white oak. Leaves in the general area were mostly red and white oak with sparse maple in the immediate area. That was about it other than pine needles. I've never cut white oak before, so I don't know.

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    Tis okay. Just let him think it is white oak.
  7. jdp1152

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    Meh...he doesn't care what it is and probably only reporting what his bad chainsaw wielding neighbor told him. He's giving me two face cords of 4 year seasoned hardwood as well. He was a wood burner then got married. No longer has a stove at the order of his wife. He likes me and how I've approached this scrounge so it's all mine..took the CL add down. I've got as long as I need to get what I want ( easily 6-7 cords on the ground back in his woods). Trying to find someone to divide the work up with so it's worth while to rent a truck and splitter to haul it all (though I don't think quartering by hand is out the question as I can do that faster than with hydraulics). Too much effort for where it's at to just try and pack my 4runner full each visit, though the entire challenge is appealing. Between this and the 10 or so trees I need down on my property, I could be be done for many years to come base on my burn rate. My wife is encouraging an all in effort on this one so I can get more renovation work done on the house this summer.

    I assume everyone agrees its of soft maple variety?

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