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Old 08-06-2009, 06:38 AM
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Default chainsaw party at my place AKA who needs some poplar?

we got hit by a microburst...there were also claims of a waterspout/funnel cloud in the magothy river area last friday...and ended up with a crap-ton of downed branches and a few trees. none as big as the 100+ ft poplar. the first tree removal guy that came out to price it for us said it's the biggest he's seen in almost 20 yrs in the business. he estimate the root ball alone is prolly 15 tons. the trunk is prolly close to 5 ft in diameter.

that big oak that you see behind my kids lost all its branches on the one side where the poplar fell...sheared right off. no property damage...just a big mess to clean up.


so...if i get the keg, how 'bout ya'll bring the chainsaws and we just git 'er done?

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Can't those two aliens just use their ray guns to cut it up?
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Wow, that wood is worth some money. Maybe go on arboristsite.com and see if any of those guys are in your area/interested in the wood.
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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post
Can't those two aliens just use their ray guns to cut it up?


What you might want to consider is having the trunk cut into lumber...that's a LOT of lumber!!! Depending on what the trunk looks like, how straight it is, you could possibly be looking at the trunk is worth upwards of 10k. Personally I would be exhausting the idea of selling the log(s) to a saw mill before I held a keg party. Poplar mills up beautifully.
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60" d. .....the biggest chain saw I've ever used was a 72" two man chain saw. You are going to need a big dog if that trunk goes to the mill for lumber.
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Have any idea how old it is. I know that a 3 fot dia can get to be 80 or 100 or so. Maybe this puppy just grew in the perfect conditions. Often after 80 yers or so the bugs and woodpeckers get them. Don't have any big ones like that in these parts. Let is know how many rings when they cut it - save a slice for yourself...

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i'll have to check out the aborist site. i've made a few calls to mills, lumber yards, etc and so far no takers...including a buddy whose family is in construction and owns their own mill!

i've no idea how old it is. The Admiral definitely wants a slice of it to make a table or something...i'll try to count the rings from that.
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Call this guy....http://www.bensonwood.com/

They are a post and beam outfit.
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If it is first generation and not a regrowth the wood will be beautiful. I just brought home about 1200 ft from my brother's house in Tn. to put on my cieling. As soon as it dries I'll plane it, stain it, and up it goes.
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Usually lumber companies will not be interested if the tree is from a residential area, one nail will destroy the blades they use to make lumber and they cost a lot more than most trees are worth.
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Happy jack,

i wish I was not leaving for a week, i would love to help out. All i would ask in return would be a cross cut for a table of my own. If you cut one for yourself, and feel like doing two, I can would pick it up in a heart beat.

BTW, where you out after day at the mouth of the Magothy on Monday night? I followed a boat in that sure looked like that marlago (followed from a distance I should say)
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chris - i'll have a slice cut for you. no problem. the reality is that The Admiral is prolly not going to wait around long enough to let me get a chainsaw party together, so at this point i'm just trying to minimize the out of pocket damage!

i was not out on monday night. there are 3 marlagos, including mine, that i know of that are kept on the magothy. mine is the only one with a radar arch...the other 2 are t-tops - one is blue w/ F225s and the other is burgundy w/ V300s (bad @zz!!!). i know both of the other owners pretty well.
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Magothy River storms can be wild.

I was out of town last Friday but I caught this on a different Magothy River storm. The view off our sunroom.


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A popular that size more than likely has a rotten heart. The sad part is that it's pretty much useless as firewood.
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Great pic Shad!

Jack/ Chris, if you're going to take a slice I'd suggest 4" as a mim. A table of that size/ diameter just won't look right any thinner then 4". I don't know what you're going to cut it with Jack, but if you can cut it on a diagonal you can get far more table out of it! Instead of being round the table would be elliptical in shape. How big did you say you wanted the table slab Chris?
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Nothing bigger then 46 feet

We can hold a THT Magothy Summit

Shadco, I came home in that monster storm (was it Sunday of Monday?)

Family has been away all week, and I have fished every night. (fished more this week then in the past 4 years - Seriously).

Christened the boat with its first Rock under my ownership (and it was my bosses boss who caught it - doesn't get Much better then that)
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Its going to take more then a keg to chop that thing up. In my other house we had 36 Bradford Pear trees and in Isabel we lost 26 so I got pretty good with a chain saw. Oh, never let anyone talk you into to planting one of those trees because at some point they will fall. That house now has 3 of the 36 still standing and two of them have lost a section.
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Originally Posted by shadco View Post
Magothy River storms can be wild.

I was out of town last Friday but I caught this on a different Magothy River storm. The view off our sunroom.


cool pic! looking east from the north shore? that appears to be the faint outline of dutch ship (dobbins to the newbs) on the right?


garret - that's good advice on cutting it on a bias! elliptical would be much more appealling to the eye.

i likely will not be cutting it myself...i only have an old 18" craftsman chainsaw that i would prolly kill if i tried this job. if it's not rotten through the heart as nanjemoycat suggests (others have also told me that may be the case), i may get the tree removal guy to cut me a fat hunk that i can have my buddy take to his family's mill to do the bias cut.

we'll see...
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cool pic! looking east from the north shore? that appears to be the faint outline of dutch ship (dobbins to the newbs) on the right?


garret - that's good advice on cutting it on a bias! elliptical would be much more appealling to the eye.

i likely will not be cutting it myself...i only have an old 18" craftsman chainsaw that i would prolly kill if i tried this job. if it's not rotten through the heart as nanjemoycat suggests (others have also told me that may be the case), i may get the tree removal guy to cut me a fat hunk that i can have my buddy take to his family's mill to do the bias cut.

we'll see...
Looking north west from the south shore, just east of of Ulmstead point Dutchship would be off to the right
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i likely will not be cutting it myself...i only have an old 18" craftsman chainsaw that i would prolly kill if i tried this job. if it's not rotten through the heart as nanjemoycat suggests (others have also told me that may be the case), i may get the tree removal guy to cut me a fat hunk that i can have my buddy take to his family's mill to do the bias cut.

we'll see...


no way you are going to be able to make a clean, consistent cut on the ground with a chainsaw, unless you are a professional. how do i know this, you may ask?

katrina dropped a huuuuuge oak on my property, and i tried to do it myself. i wont try that again...

dont be surprised if the heart is rotten/disfigured. my oak was, so i gave up and had it cut into pieces that i could split for firewood. twas a shame, because the rest of the wood was gorgeous
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