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Forum topic by gardentiger posted 08-11-2010 09:42 PM 1396 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2010 09:42 PM

I got my hands on a large felled mulberry (red mulberry). I know that some folks like to turn this wood. Have been waiting to make a new workbench from some large hardwood. Does anyone know if Mulberry would make a good benchtop???

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 10:26 PM

I acquired some mulberry a couple of years ago. All I have done with it so far is turned a couple of pieces.

Technically it is classified as a hardwood but it is a very soft hardwood like poplar or aspen. It’s not very strong (like oak) but it is probably strong enough if you don’t span too long of a distance.

I don’t know if you are talking about an indoor our outdoor bench. I don’t know how well it would hold up to weather by my intuition is “not very well”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 11:06 PM

Just to agree/and disagree with Rich. It is abit soft, maybe not best for a benchtop. But as far as decay resistance it’s hard to beat. It is a cousin to osage orange (hedge) and better for outside use than say even white oak/redwood/cedar. It is listed as highly resistant, the species I rattled off are a notch below red mulberry on that account. Having said it would not make the ideal benchtop…heck I made mine from hackberry, which is not hard either and it has held up well. IMO mulberry is almost too pretty to be used for a workbench…I would for sure have it milled and try to find a use for it.

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 03:24 AM

Actually softer woods make better bench tops. If you make nice furniture you don’t want to mar the surface of your project with a real hard piece of wood by accident when moving to and from the surface. A soft wood gives and is easily/cheaply replaced. Just my 2 cents.

the Mulberry that I have harvested here in NC is very hard and could be a result of the size of the tree and mineral composition in the soil. I got a 25” trunk from Davidson College a few year back and made slabs. Nice color.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 01:50 PM

I have a chain saw carving out of the tree trunk that my me and my children used to play in.
The wood is beautiful.
I would have made a table with it if I had more.
The carving is kept inside and has not split as much as the pine cavings we have.
I am sure it would make a beautiful work top.
I would have a problem keeping it in the work shop. .

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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