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American chestnut

by GANGGREEN
posted 10-17-2018 05:23 PM


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#1 posted 10-17-2018 05:29 PM

Hallway bench?

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 05:29 PM

I thought the American Chestnut was pretty much wiped out. I don’t know if I’d use it for a bench, probably find something that stands out as a center piece.

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 05:50 PM

The American chestnut WAS “pretty much wiped out”, but a few larger specimens and lots of smaller ones survive. I’ll go get a photo of the board and try to find a photo of the tree before it succumbed to the blight.

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#4 posted 10-17-2018 05:55 PM

Here’s the larger board on a pile with some smaller scraps.

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#5 posted 10-17-2018 05:56 PM

Serving trolley

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 06:02 PM

And here’s the tree (or at least the lower portion of it). Not me in the photo, this is a horseback logger that I hired to get a few trees out. I’ve been known to cut them myself, but I didn’t want to risk splitting or ruining this log.

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#7 posted 10-17-2018 06:22 PM

Beautiful wood, you have there.

Since you have the main board and the smaller pieces, maybe a coat rack?

https://www.etsy.com/market/wooden_coat_rack

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GANGGREEN

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#8 posted 10-17-2018 06:53 PM

Something like that might be nice, but I’m not sure it fits into my present home. We’re doing some renovations this winter though and I may be able to find a spot where it would be useful.

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#9 posted 10-17-2018 07:07 PM

That’s a beautiful hunk of wood. I’m guessing you’d like to make something that you can appreciate often. Is there enough there to fashion some sort of custom headboard? Might require some re-sawing to make the most out of the single piece, if you have the tools.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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GANGGREEN

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#10 posted 10-17-2018 09:28 PM

Yeah, I would think it would require re-sawing to do something like that. Ideally yes, I’d like it to be something that would be prominently featured in the house somewhere.

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#11 posted 10-17-2018 09:43 PM

How about a bench for the porch or mudroom or even the entryway? If I recall, chestnut is a pretty resilient wood for outdoors, especially a covered porch. If you have kids or grand kids, perhaps some steps stools for each of them? Might as well turn a special piece of wood into a family heirloom.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 10-17-2018 10:39 PM

I appreciate all of the comments and suggestions and hope you’ll all continue.

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#13 posted 10-18-2018 03:25 AM

One thing I noticed about your picture of the tree is that there are no obvious blight cankers visible on the stem. Maybe it didn’t die from blight?

EDIT: I just noticed you said it was before it got it. Were ther obvious signs of cankers on the stem when it died?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 10-18-2018 04:03 AM

Very plain looking board it needs something more. Not sure what?.... was the whole tree flat sawn.
Is there any quarter sawn ?

-- Aj

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#15 posted 10-18-2018 09:23 AM

The tree definitely died of blight. I have photos somewhere showing the cankers, sloughing off of bark, etc.. They’re typically self-pruning trees anyway, but most of the branches died back a year or two before death became imminent.

As for the milling, it’s mostly flat sawn and there are only small sections that are quarter sawn. It would have been nice to have several hundred board feet of it, although in fairness, I’m not sure what it’s quite as interesting as some species even when quarter-sawn.

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#16 posted 10-18-2018 01:47 PM

When I have wood that is kinda plain looking I look for other qualities it has. Then apply that.
Is it super stable is it heavy and dense or light and airy.
Or does it have a nice aroma
Good luck

-- Aj

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