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Forum topic by JoshNZ posted 01-14-2018 12:04 AM 570 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2018 12:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: alaskan mill lumber

I had a tree come down in a gulley on our property a few months back, have had a go at having it ID’d on a forum and they think it’s something called Mangeao, an NZ native. Apparently known for use in canoes, cellos and other instruments etc.

I finally pulled my finger out and bought a 36” bar for the saw, and borrowed an alaskan mill from a family member. I must say I’m pretty pleased with the results, some of the slabs are looking quite pretty already. I’ll rip some into boards and leave a few of the nice ones, and get it all strapped up between sticks today.

I had a couple of questions, you guys probably won’t know what kind of wood it is but can you tell anything from the close photos as to how workable etc it will be? It looks like it will dry a similar colour to Douglass fir. I think it is a little bit harder. If I were going to use one or two of them in a natural edge bar top for example, is there an ideal place in the log to pick one from?


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#1 posted 01-14-2018 08:27 AM

Hopefully I’m not going down a dead end road here =/. I guess I won’t know for sure for a few years but at this stage does anyone have any clues? Some parts of the wood seem to have a fury stringy finish, whether they’ve gone through the circular saw or bench saw. Is this any indication of poor wood quality?

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 06:21 PM

I couldn’t find too much about working with this hardwood, but some woods are “fuzzy” when cut. I don’t think it’s a sign of poor wood, but will perhaps take some work to get to a smooth finish while sanding.

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 06:30 PM

What does that tree produce? A fruit or some kind of seed with a nut like shell. I would first find out if it’s a hardwood or softwood.

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#4 posted 01-18-2018 12:35 AM

Well as I said I’m not even certain of the species. If it is Mangeao which is what it looks like, it produces a dark purple inedible fruit apparently. I’ve never seen it in fruit as it’s not on a property we visit often.

Can’t find any information about whether it’s a hard wood or soft wood. Density of 595kg per cube. I’ve read things saying it was used in NZ for boats, railway carriages, various instruments. Apparently the top floor of our capitol parliament building is built with it.

I put some through the planer wet and had mixed results, some with a nice finish, some with extreme tear-out leaving that fuzzy finish.

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