milling a tulip tree

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Project by Tribalwind posted 02-02-2010 05:53 AM 5923 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

these are the short Tulip pieces i got done so far.and a few cookies. theres still a 10’ and 4’ section i trimmed up,and will get to this week i think. this is some pretty wood,when wet the grain really pops out, lot of mineral coloring,the woman who owned it knows plants, said it’s tulip, but not poplar tulip.i’m not sure .i know poplar i’ve bought gets that mineral coloring a lot..which i like.
the stickers are made from phenolic sheet stock i had laying around. got a local source for it.
tonight i cut up a bunch more, and about 32 table-saw zero clearance inserts !

i will add more of the large trunk once i mill it!
EDIT: OK got the bigger one milled up :)


-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 05:55 AM

Looks like a good bunch of wood. whats tulip look like when finished?


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#2 posted 02-02-2010 05:57 AM

Some great wood. Niice catck.

I do like the color.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-02-2010 06:19 AM

a1jim , letcha know once its usable!
probably make soem flutes with some , and woodturnings.

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 06:31 AM

Urban loggers at their finest!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 06:56 AM

very nice looking stack of wood…. best of luck with it and please post some pics of it finished up on something.. would love to see the grain….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 07:38 AM

I’ve seen a decorative boxes at the craft & souvenir shop, its more like rosewood.
Nice grain and colour variations.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 09:29 AM

Nice stack of lumber. Love the grain and color. I wikied tulip tree and found a picture of the leaves. Sometimes that’s the easiest way to identify a tree. Did you happen to get any leaves?


-- Jim

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 11:27 AM

Hey Matthew,

Very nice haul (from a fellow urban miller)

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 01:32 PM

Nice poplar lumber.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#10 posted 02-02-2010 06:10 PM

Nice Colors

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 10:29 PM

That is not the “tulip wood” that some people are thinking.
It’s yellow poplar, and around hear is basically a weed.
The true tulipwood (dalbergia decipularis) is extremely beautiful wood, and quite rare and expensive.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#12 posted 02-02-2010 11:20 PM

right this aint the exotic tulip obviously! i didnt think anyone was thinking that
here’s a favorite site of mine for comparing woods. i’m sure it’s been posted before…

this “common name” stuff gets so confusing.
i think the confusion with the lady (and me!) is that” yellow poplar/american tulip/tulip magnolia” (Liriodendron tulipifera) is not a”poplar” which all start with “populus”in botanical thatd why she said its not poplar to me probably,i guess unaware of the common name yellow poplar for her tree.
, and american tulip is not the common “tulipwood”, dalbergia decipularis from Brazi/south America , which has stripes of pink/red,and white.
i have some of that too,purchased for making flutes…yep it’s gorgeous,tough on router bits,and pricey
smells nice when cut too! kinda floral.

in any case, this still looked great to my eyes. paulonia empress trees are ‘weeds’ too in many areas but great to work with nonetheless,and gorgeous flowers(and is literally the fastest growing tree in the world) theyre revered in japan.

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#13 posted 02-03-2010 05:09 PM

Great looking wood you have there – well done on milling it and not letting it go to waste !

Thanks for sharing…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#14 posted 02-13-2010 05:44 PM

i got the larger one milled just before the snow storm hit !

added a couple videos (the camera was father away than it appears in the 1st clip!)

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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