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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 06:11 PM

Just what I have seen and read about it. Apparently, they harvest it from the trees that are no longer producing latex. It gets really nasty sticky and weird black splotches and such from the sap.

For the most part it was just burnt before. A few years ago, someone came up with a process to cook the lumber in steam and remove the excess latex to make usable lumber. I have never seen it on sale anywhere but I believe it is all sold to big production facilities. By itself it is kind of blah looking light colored hardwood. It can be colored and it is a lot the wood that comes as furniture from Pier One and the like.

Other than it not being particularly attractive on its own, it seems to be well thought of a a secondary wood and for less expensive furniture and the like. I think I remember it as being heavier than poplar and cuts and machines well.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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