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  Your trees................
                       .........into Furniture

Many families grow up in the same house and as the children playing in the garden grow so do the plants and trees.

Over time those same trees that you have grown up with may have to be felled due to storm damage or other reasons and rather than have them cut up for firewood there is an alternative.

Why not have them milled into planks and made into a piece of furniture that could be passed down the generations as a true heirloom?

The photos below show of one such tree that fell in storms and will be used in the refurbishment of the property.


Storm damaged English Walnut


This huge Walnut tree couldn't stand up to the strong winds that battered so many and became yet another victim of storm Doris that raged through the UK in early 2017.

After searching the internet for a solution as to how to tackle the tree the owners contacted us with a view to saving the tree from the firewood pile as so many other tree workers had recommended.

Although the owner knew they wanted the tree milling into planks they had no idea what they wanted to use the timber for but as they are at the beginning of renovating a farmhouse it was suggested that they use some of the timber as floorboards and kitchen work surfaces.


At over 36" in diameter the main trunk was to big for the bandsaw mill and had to be split down using the chainsaw mill.


Above photo courtesy Gary Hackett

Below is one of the pieces milled for work tops at 50mm x 850 x 2.5m


Although the branch section pictured below would have fitted on the bandsaw mill I decided to in half, this would allow me to quarter saw the log to improve the stability of the planks.





Photos above & below are some of the boards that were milled at 30mm thick and will eventually become flooring.


Storm damaged Oak tree


Storm damaged Oak tree still connected to root plate after 2 years.


Once separated from the root plate, the main trunk was cut into two sections.


Each trunk section was then cut into quarters with the aid of an alaskan chainsaw mill.



With the trunk sections cut into quarters this made loading onto the bandsaw mill easier and safer.






There are two reasons to quarter saw timber, for stability and for character.
The boards milled from this tree are to be made into floorboards and therefore we were looking for stability but as can be seen in this and the photo above the grain pattern was stunning as well.

When the trunk was cut away, the root plate dropped back into the hole that was made when the tree fell over, with luck a new tree will start to grow.



Dead Cherry

Once felled and cut into sections we had to remove this Cherry tree from an arboretum of a stately home in north Nottinghamshire to a safe place for milling.


extracting cherry tree from undergrowth

Like so many of the fallen trees we buy this one was in undergrowth and had to winched out section by section.

cherry trunk loaded on bandsaw mill

Once they had been moved to a safe place we were able to load them onto our mobile bandsaw mill for turning into usable planks.

book matched Cherry planks

These book matched planks at 2.5" thick, 17" wide and 9' long once dried will make a stunning dining table.

milled Cherry planks sticked out for drying

Once milled the planks were transported to our Artisan Wood Barn for sticking out to begin the drying process.


Back garden Cedar of Lebanon

We had a call from a lady we had met at a recent show, she had a tree in her back garden that had lost its crown four years ago and was now growing into its neighbour. She asked if it would be possible to fell & mill the tree with a view to use the timber to make some bedroom furniture.

tree felling for forest2furniture
The main trunk was 20 foot long with a diameter of 34 inches at the base and 26 near the crown.
the branches although quite big had too much of a curve to be of use for milling.

And so, the felling process began with the removal of the large limbs.
Having had a couple of nice days during the week the clouds arrived on felling day, not easy to dodge the rain drops whilst standing on the top of a tree!

With all the limbs and branches removed the tree is ready to fell.

Watch the tree come down here.

Once on the ground the next step is to mill the trunk into planks.  We were able to cut 23 planks in total 3 @ 2.5" thick & 20 @ 1.5" thick, board width ranged from 16" - 36".  When dry the intention is to make bedroom furniture.

sticked out planks of Atlas Pine


When milling is finished the planks are 'sticked out' in stacks in the same order they were cut.

The timber stacks are left in a safe place at the bottom of the garden where they will stay for 18 - 24 moths until the moisture content has dropped to around 20%.  Then the planks will be moved to our kiln for the final drying process.


Hidden nails are the biggest danger when milling tree trunks whether in private gardens or woodlands.

Photo below shows handmade Victorian nail found in the centre of a London Plane, fortunately hitting this nail did no damage to the chain.

Victorin nail found in a London Plane

chain damaged by hidden nail


This picture shows part of a nail and the damaged it caused to the chain.

it wasn't me

                                    



  Whatever happened it wasn't me!  


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