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01-11-2011 05:39 PM

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What interesting local woods are in your area?

I was going to post the list for Wisconsin, however it is way to long.

What are some local woods you work with? I use Tamerack, very very hard and grows everywhere. Also Black Walnut, and soft maple. All three as well as pine and alder grow on my property. So what local woods do you use?

-- Ray

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 06:27 PM

Red Oak, Walnut, Maple, Locust, Elm

South Central PA

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 06:30 PM

I like catalpa. It’s easy to work, but does have a slight odor. Most folks burn it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 06:39 PM

I like working with Mesquite and Pecan. Any mistakes can easily be recycled in to the BBQ pit for top notch smoked brisket…

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 06:56 PM

We’ve got about fifty species in our woods.
My favorites are hornbeam and dogwood.

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 07:10 PM

Here in Oregon I guess the woods most people would think of would be walnut, white oak, Doug Fir and western red cedar. Actually, walnut is not native but has a distinct grain pattern when grown in Oregon that a lot of people like. Douglas fir is definitely the most prevalent, when they cut they usually just replant with all doug fir. It’s still really expensive here though.

We also have larch, madrone, yew and black cherry. A local sawyer is offering pear wood. We used to have a lot of Tamerack. I’ve only used it for heat though. Not much around anymore, like I said they usually just replant all doug fir. We also have some Redwood and Alaskan Cedar/Nootka Cypress.


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#6 posted 01-11-2011 07:44 PM

You forgot Myrtle wood Colin but it’s mostly central and south Oregon…........Schloemoe

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 09:04 PM

Locust, black walnut, hickory (shag bark and pignut), red bud, sycamore, ash, beech, mulberry, bodock (osage orange), red cedar, lynn (basswood). Oh yes, I forgot black gum and poplar. Well, poplar is not all that interesting except in a lightning storm; it’s a natural lightning rod. I’ve seen a 60 foot poplar reduced to tooth picks by lightinig.

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 09:06 PM

Intersting the diversity accross the nation. Be interesting to share our local woods with others.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 09:12 PM

Call me ungrateful, and the grass (tree?) is always greener on the other side, but man, our local wood here in Northern CA leaves something to be desired, at least for me.

Sure, the hardwood dealers truck in just about everything, but that also means we pay for it.

The local stuff (and by local I mean the kind of wood you’d find at a local sawmill) is basically Oak, Fir, & Redwood. Only one of those is fit for woodworking, and I’m not a big fan of Oak’s open grain and the smell it produces while milling. California Walnut, while an absolutely beautiful wood, is very very rare and very very expensive, and almost gone.

Maybe I need to work harder to find cheaper sources of the wood I want, but I’m really jealous of you guys that have hordes of walnut, cherry, and maple growing in your backyards!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 09:26 PM

Hay live4ever, I don’t know how practicle it would be, but I’d be willing to send stuff to you.

-- Ray

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 09:33 PM

Mesquite, some oak and some AZ walnut. I don’t know how AZ oak and walnut differs from that grown elsewhere, other than it’s lot’s smaller.
We have a lot of cottonwood but, I don’t use it. We also have a lot of Tamarak and I’ve never considered using it. I wonder?
What do you think of it as wood for wood working, Raymond?

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 09:47 PM

Gene, it is HARD. It is very hard on tools, I use it when I need something that is going to be durable or break resistant. Since I make toys I use it for gears and cylinders, crankshafts and things like that. I Machine it on my metal lath and with my milling machine and carbide cutters.

-- Ray

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 11:52 PM

I live in MI and I have 4 GIANT and I do mean GIANT Willow trees on my property. I know Willow is not often used in woodworking and is not considered a great wood for it but one of my Willows is on its last years. I would have a crap ton of wood if I got it milled.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 12:07 AM

I have walnut and chestnut oak for the deciduous and some type of fir and other coniferous varieties. Being new to the area, I am learning. I know wood grains not trees. I just cut down some chestnut oaks and am interested in buying and using a portable chainsaw mill to produce my own lumber. Has anyone done this and can advise me on what to buy and how to go about drying it for use in furniture? Does it need to be kiln dried as well?

-- Roger, North Carolina

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 12:10 AM

Lets see, I have 2 wood lots, 1st here in The Berkshires of W. Mass, Black Cherry, Ash, Beech, Red Oak (moving up higher up the Mt) Soft maple, some Hard maple, some Birch, Poplar, White pine (some over 100’ tall and 40” + Dia), Hemlock. 2nd lot is in N. Vermont and has Rock maple (Mmmm maple syrup), White, Yellow and Black Birch, Poplar, Beech, Tamarack, Red & Black Spruce (Xmas trees), Pin Cherry.
I harvest some each year, Trunks get milled and branches heat the house.

-- Doug...

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