Wood Gloat.....Locust

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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 08-20-2011 04:41 AM 1972 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a pretty intense storm here in KC last night….lost a couple limbs from our maple tree, but they were pretty small and not really salvageable. My in-laws have multiple old growth locust trees in their yard, and last night this limb fell. It’s about 20 feet long and around 14 inches in diameter at it’s largest. Tried to bring home a chainsaw from work, but the oil fill cap was broken off. Tried to start my father-in-law’s chainsaw, but it’s about 30 years old and just wouldn’t go… I quartered it with a Lowe’s carpenter saw….all I had handy. Anyway, should be able to section this thing up into more manageable pieces next week and allow them to start drying. Gonna have to buy a lathe, should be plenty of bowl blanks in there somewhere!

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic….after carrying the pieces uphill to the truck, my arms were a little shakey!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 05:22 AM

Some great looking wood. Hope that some of the pieces are salvageable.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 05:24 AM

Be sure to use the part with the branch crotch, that area has the most awesome grains and you would be very surprised if you have not used that area before! Good luck and have fun.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 05:36 AM

Bearpie….agreed, there are 2 pieces of branch crotch….will be cutting them out first. Found a simlar piece laying on side of the road some time ago, and it had fantastic grain.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 02:34 AM

Nice find. I picked up a couple of black locust logs this week too. The big one is 28” X 24” on the big end and a little over 14’ long. I can’t wait to see what the lumber looks like.

The 2nd log is a lot smaller, but may have more interesting grain. This log has several places where a crotch may have some unique grain patterns… It’s a crapshoot any time you saw logs. Sometime you get fence boards and every now and then you find something spectacular.

I’m going to build either a picnic table or a gazebo with the lumber. If I decide to build a gazebo, I’ll have to find another couple of black locust logs to get enough lumber for the project.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 05:22 PM

Nice find with the black locust. I think mine is honey locust….maybe pretty similar, but the bark looks a little different. I noticed the honey locust seems very “stringy” along the grain, hope it machines alright. Gonna unload today and start laying out my cuts for drying…..gonna try to conserve all the portions that have crotches in hopes of finding some awsome grain.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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