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Forum topic by Todd Sauer posted 03-24-2014 01:59 AM 3155 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Todd Sauer

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03-24-2014 01:59 AM

In my never-ending quest to find wonderful looking lumber at affordable prices, I am wondering what sort of experience everyone has had with Honey Locust. I have good experience with maple and other fairly common species (oak, walnut, cherry, ect…), but am looking to expand my horizons a bit. Thanks much!

-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 02:46 PM

Hi Todd: Looking to see the responses you get. I have a slab of HL about 2×12x60” or thereabouts that I have been saving with thought of re-sawing into veneer. I has a wild and wicked grain pattern and would look great book matched and combined with walnut. I’m trying to decide if I want to make a bookcase or a coffee table but am also open to suggestions.

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 03:26 PM

The little I have had was great. It was hard and smelled sweet when cut. I would love to have more.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 03:50 PM

My experience with it has been cutting a few trees down for firewood. Cutting them down s not for the faint of heart, the thorns are quite intimidating. That said, like Monte posted it is extremely hard and dense. But the few pieces I’ve seen made into lumber was really nice with a very pronounced grain. Take a look at this thread on another forum about using it.

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 04:07 PM

I don’t know about the flat wood LJs, but us round wood turners love honey locust. Wood is hard, even when wet/green, but turns and finishes real nice. Has all kinds of red and creamy streaks.

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 02:19 PM

I am in the process of learning all about Honey Locust … BUT I am up to a new point and before i go into experimental phase.. has anyone out there in LJ-land steam bent Honey Locust? :) looking for some tips as well.

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 10:22 PM

I make handplanes out of honey locust, and I have made several pieces of furniture out of it as well. As stated, it’s a hard, dense wood that finishes and works well. I find it attractive. When q-sawn, it makes a fantastic wooden plane.

-- Jeff Heath

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#7 posted 04-03-2014 01:19 AM

Todd, It is a terrible and dangerous wood! You should immediately ship all you can find to me for proper disposal!

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#8 posted 04-03-2014 07:06 AM

Have no experience with honey locust, but I know that black locust steam bends well, so maybe the H L . . .?

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#9 posted 04-03-2014 11:54 AM

I have a locust fence post in the corner of my yard, type i have no clue. Anyway, my father and i put the old used post in about 1960-61 Still looks the same as when we put it in. I’m hopeing to live long enough to see it rot away. Chances of that, no way! So if you make something with locust it’s going to be around for a while.

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Jeff Heath

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#10 posted 04-03-2014 04:45 PM

Fence posts are typically made of Black Locust, which is a severe degree harder than Honey Locust. Black Locust also has a natural resistance to decay and rot, and will not rot when buried into the ground. Insects can’t bore through it. Also, you need to put your posts in the ground upside down, as the tree grows, or else the post, even though cut, will start growing limbs again. I live out in the country, and you frequently see posts in the ground that have grown into trees again.

-- Jeff Heath

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#11 posted 04-03-2014 07:36 PM

Jeff, I have seen hedge (Osage orange ) posts sprout and grow into big trees as well.

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#12 posted 04-03-2014 09:09 PM

Thanks for the input, everyone! I will be investing in a bit as soon as my money stops going toward car repairs. Why do those magically come up whenever you have a little extra? Do they know?

No more X-Files on netflix for me!

Oh, and gfadvm, your shipment will be on its way. I wouldn’t want such a terrible entity infesting my shop.

I would kind of love it if I planted a fence which turned into a tree, though.

-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#13 posted 04-04-2014 02:13 AM

If you ever drive Interstate 35 to Wichita, Kansas you will see miles of hedge trees that started out as fence posts.

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#14 posted 06-03-2014 03:33 PM

Hey Todd. I just seen this at a good time. We can both learn something. I actually just had to cut down a Honey Locust tree because it was gonna get into the power lines. They (the power company), dropped it for me, and I’m cleaning it up. I was thinking of trying to “lumber” some up, maybe a 3’ section. Any input/s would be appreciated. Also, how bout skining a limb for a cane?? Any ez way to skin it?? Thnx again for any comments.

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#15 posted 06-03-2014 03:39 PM

I wanna see pictures of the fen posts growing into trees. Nature will not be overruled.

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