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Forum topic by Brinkley posted 02-02-2014 12:51 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2014 12:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pinon plank posts milling

Hey everybody. Name’s Brinkley. Thanks for having me.
So out here in New Mexico I have access to a bunch of huge, green pinon. Has anyone milled pinon before? I’ll be up there soon and wanted to know if it would be worth my time. Bench seats and posts are my interests.

-- JB

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 03:06 PM

I am a believer that all wood is good to have. Some just take more work than others. Effort in, successful projects out.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 03:32 PM

Hi Brinkley. There is a new store in ABQ called “Exotic Woods” I think they might have some experience/advice for you…and they may also be interested in buying from you, especially if you have any chunks that have potential as turning blanks. Last time I was in there they had some big cottonwood blocks that had come from the bosque.

I might be interested in buying some as well…I’d like to try air drying some pinon slabs just to see how it turns out. PM me if you like.

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 03:37 PM

Welcome to LJs and NM.

Pinon contains a lot of sap. The sap will make a mess on every tool it touches. The grain of the wood is curly and looks nice but its a lot of work and cleanup to get usable lumber. I’ve tried resawing some of the dead branches from my trees and don’t think its worth the effort. The sap seems to ooze from everywhere.

We look forward to the nuts we get about every two years. Its the most pleasant smelling wood when it burns.

If you’re looking for a cheap source for wood you can contact

Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 438-5300

We have had a lot of forest fires over the last few years. Lots of pine logs available.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 01:47 AM

Nicky, is the sap problem only when it is green? If you can get through the rough milling process, will it be tolerable after it has air dried for a year?

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 02:00 AM

Brinkley, welcome to LJ and to NM. You might PM fellow LJ Patron to ask his advice. He is one of the most knowledgeable and nicest LJ’s there is. He is north of Espanola. Let us know what you decide and how you make out.

Also, if you want to check out the best lumber in the state (to the best of my knowledge), stop by Alpine Builders in Santa Fe. It is fun to look.

-- Art

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