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recycle1943

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07-15-2020 05:55 PM

A long time friend has a butternut tree in his front yard. His front yard is on his 70 acre farm and he had it cut down because it had more than several dead limbs that were threatening his shooting canopy.
Well, he finally got somebody to lay it down last Sunday and called me immediately. I went down (about a half hour drive) to look at it. It’s 30” at the stump with some rot in the middle and some really nice but not long limbs.

I took my DeWalt 20v chain saw down this morning before the heat set in and cleaned up all the ‘brush’ and got it in a burn pile for him. Today was my first real test for the DeWalt saw and it performed flawlessly. I was cutting eveyrthing with it and it didn’t hesitate until the battery started declining after nearly 2 hours of cutting.

Now if I can find somebody to saw it on site that would be perfect, if not I’ll haul it home and have my neighbor cut it up. There’s going to be way more lumber than I’ll ever use but it’s pretty hard to pass up butternut, it’s pretty scarce around here.
Almost forgot, there’s a bunch of ‘chunks’ that the tree guy cut so it would hit the canopy as it fell so you turners are welcome to some, just have to come get it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 06:24 PM

Butternut is supposed to be an excellent carving wood too. Save yourself some crotches for turning. It should give you some really nice figure for platters or bowls.

-- 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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Oldtool

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 06:35 PM

Well, it certainly looks like Christmas in July for you, enjoy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 07:12 PM

Nice find, Dick. You have been coming across lots of wood lately. That is a good thing..Finding a place to store all you get is another thing. I talked to my buddy in Iowa and he is bringing me a lot of Osage orange wood this winter…if we all go to Arizona the the Chinese virus lurking about!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 07:12 PM

Bring it to Illinois and a friend with a portable mill will slab it for you. And I have a place to dry it!! I wish my butternut that is dying was that big. You will make some wonderful projects from it! Nice catch

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 07:18 PM

Dang it, three hours …none of it Interstate.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 07:54 PM



Butternut is supposed to be an excellent carving wood too. Save yourself some crotches for turning. It should give you some really nice figure for platters or bowls.

- Lazyman

I wouldn’t know how to turn a bowl – the most I’ve ever done on a lathe is turning a few cherrey or wormy chestnut 1/2” plugs for my RM bowls.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 07-15-2020 07:59 PM


Dang it, three hours …none of it Interstate.

- Fred Hargis

Fred, if you drive over here I’ll make sure you won’t regret it. Bring a truck : )

I forgot to mention – I am downsizing

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 07-15-2020 09:13 PM

I love working with butternut. My mothers house has tongue and groove walls of Butternut for her entry room. I love the satin like shimmer of it. I made a tool chest of butternut.

Butternut chest

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#9 posted 07-15-2020 10:03 PM

Nice score Dick.
I’d not heard of a Butternut Tree and had to look it up.

Juglans cinerea, commonly known as butternut or white walnut, is a species of walnut native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 07-15-2020 10:10 PM

@ RobS76 – nice chest, I also like working with it

Thanks Crowie – he gave me the tree, I just have to get it milled so my expense is going to be minimal

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 07-16-2020 01:09 PM

That’s a nice score Dick. I bet you’re already thinking of what to make from it. Enjoy the gold.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 07-16-2020 01:42 PM

Cheap enough for good wood and both of you profited from the deal.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 07-16-2020 01:58 PM

I’m really enjoying working with Butternut over the last year. It reminds me of a domestic Mahogany with less red/orange tint. I did notice that if your planer/jointer blades aren’t sharp, it can fuzz or curl up badly if you don’t choose your feed direction carefully. A freshly sharpened hand plane fixes it up easily though. It has a very nice sheen to it when smoothed and finished.

A neighbor had a Butternut tree sawn into lumber and he made a really nice trestle table out of it. It’s a beautiful table, but he noticed that it’s a bit soft and can be prone to denting. His table leaned toward the rustic side and it looks pretty cool with the honest wear it’s been subjected to. It’s just like getting that first scratch in your new car. It hurts, but then you don’t worry about it.

Enjoy dreaming up projects for it! One of mine is making a Telecaster electric guitar. I think it’ll come out nice and light and should look unique.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 07-16-2020 02:52 PM



That s a nice score Dick. I bet you re already thinking of what to make from it. Enjoy the gold.

- doubleDD

Yeah, I got lucky on this deal. The real problem at this point is that I have no way to load the trunk on a trailer to get it home. Not only that, my sawyer can’t lift it to the bed of his saw. He has a small tractor but this trunk is enormous and I fear I’m going to have to split it length wise just to get it on a trailer.


Cheap enough for good wood and both of you profited from the deal.

- oldrivers

Yep, he got rid of a problem and I acquired one lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 07-16-2020 02:56 PM



I m really enjoying working with Butternut over the last year. It reminds me of a domestic Mahogany with less red/orange tint. I did notice that if your planer/jointer blades aren t sharp, it can fuzz or curl up badly if you don t choose your feed direction carefully. A freshly sharpened hand plane fixes it up easily though. It has a very nice sheen to it when smoothed and finished.

A neighbor had a Butternut tree sawn into lumber and he made a really nice trestle table out of it. It s a beautiful table, but he noticed that it s a bit soft and can be prone to denting. His table leaned toward the rustic side and it looks pretty cool with the honest wear it s been subjected to. It s just like getting that first scratch in your new car. It hurts, but then you don t worry about it.

Enjoy dreaming up projects for it! One of mine is making a Telecaster electric guitar. I think it ll come out nice and light and should look unique.

- PBWilson1970

Butternut is nice to work and yes it will fuzz up on you but the trouble is worth it. I’ve made several sofa tables with bn and a bunch of boxes, wine racks etc. but nothing wider than 12” or so.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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