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Pignut is a tough tree. Expect to be frequently sharpening blades and tools. The wood is really pretty though and the wood in the crotches, if cut properly and you are lucky, is downright gorgeous.Rough cut and air dried hickory around here would bring a dollar to a dollar and half a board footThe more it is machined, the more is demanded. S4S (surfaced 4 sides) may bring $3 to $5 a Board foot.Because it is your tree, you will benefit by being able to make lumber from parts of the tree that a commercial mill might throw away. Keep in mind that the longer you let it sit to dry, the harder it becomes to saw. Forty inches in diameter is too big for most mills. You will probably have to split the log to saw it. If the size of the log is the only thing stopping you from getting a small mill, bite the bullet and get the mill. Now, that is only my opinion, based on the fact that I have gone to great lengths to open up a log in the past. It's a passion that you can't put a price upon.Maybe you can find a custom sawyer in your locality that will do the work and let you help. That would help to keep you out of the initial purchase of mill. Personally, I would be looking for an excuse to get one.
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