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#1 posted 06-16-2009 07:03 PM

I had a friend that cut down a VERY small holly tree in his backyard about 6 mo’s ago and I took the trunk. I’d say 5 inches at the base and 4 inches wide at 5 feet up. Then it branched out into a million smaller pieces that I considered worthless. I’m sure that our friend Gary Fixler probably would have found a cool use for it though (I dont’ have a lathe).

What I did was cut my pieces into 5/4 pieces about 1.5 to 2 ft long each on my bandsaw. I dipped the ends in shellac. I didn’t stack and sticker them because they were so small and just let them dry and warp a little. I’ll either jointe them with a handplane or buy a jointer someday.

Just last night, I happened to hit a piece with a block plane and the rough and somewhat yellowed surface was quite white underneath. I was only out there for about 5 minutes, but I have hope for the rest. Some might have a little staining though. There are almost no knots in the pieces I have because it was growing under some tree cover so it tried growing taller instead of wider, but the spots where there are knots, the knots are ckecked and popping out. The crotch areas that I did take home split every which way.

I’d say after 1/2 a year air drying in my garage the chunks have lost a significant amount of moisture wieght. There is also no end checking or spits to write about from the 8 or 9 pieces I managed to obtain. Hopefully the color is nice and clear and I’ll be able to get a few small scraps. I’m also thinking of trying to sell some on ebay to benefit my church, but I’m wary of selling a product I don’t know much about because I worry that I might have done something wrong to impact the value/quality.

Just an FYI, the woodcraft near me has some holly and it has the same quantity of knots that southern yellow pine 2×6’s from the Borg would have and they want about $20/bft. Good luck and please keep posting pictures during the process. I’ll try to get some pictures of my own up.

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