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For the past four years students of Palomar College’s Cabinet & Furniture Technology program have been utilizing urban wood in their projects.
Through a grant from Cal Fire, the San Marcos, CA, educational institution’s Urban Forestry Department has been using a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill to mill logs from urban trees removed throughout the San Diego area.
According to the department’s website, Palomar College established an urban wood products facility in 2000 to expose and educate students and generate community participation in the process of recycling trees in a sustainable forest.
The sawmill has helped salvage wood otherwise destined for landfills including redwood, ash, black acacia, sycamore, pecan, black oak and white oak. Most of the logs are cut into 4 quarter and 8 quarter slabs and the dry kilned for about four weeks. Then the wood is made available for sale to students in the furniture can cabinet program. Proceeds from these sales are used to help sustain the program.
Learn more about Palomar College’s Urban Forestry program.