The Traveling Lumberjock #6: Georgia again - Sycamore Slabs!

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Blog entry by PflugervilleSteve posted 06-15-2011 07:50 AM 1745 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m skipping some trips here, but I was in northwestern Georgia two weeks ago. I went out to visit my friends at the Cuzzort sawmill in Trenton, GA and came back with a nice pile of sycamore. It worked out to be about 50 bf. The piece was 3.5” thick, 14.5” wide and 10 feet long. That of course would be quite difficult to get on a plane, so after some quick calculations I had them resaw it to 2” and 1.5” and then we sawed it into three sections (44”, 44”, & 32”). Why so short? Well, with those dims I didn’t have to pay any oversize/overweight checked bag fees. At a buck a board foot and no shipping costs…. This one was a pretty awesome deal.

So, believe it or not, all of this came back as checked baggage on the plane with me. Toting 180+ pounds of lumber through the airport is quite an exercise since it’s a bit problematic to move it in multiple trips. TSA and airport police get antsy about stuff left lying around.

Here’s the three “bags” shrink wrapped to protect the poor baggage handlers hands from splinters, etc.

Can’t see much through the plastic? Here’s the end grain…

OOOHHHH… spalting? Yup – have a look…

This stuff has been air drying for over a year. Normally I’d say it couldn’t be even close to dry, but when we resawed it, I measured the moisture in the center of the inside cut and it was only about 14%. I’ll let it dry up in my 100+ degree garage in Texas and it’ll be “kiln” dried in no time. It’s been a hot dry year. Guess there’s a silver lining even when there are no clouds or rain.

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 03:04 PM

Totally sweet. Thats some nice looking stuff.

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 06:18 PM

Nice score. I’m giggling thinking of you lugging that in the airport.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 04:01 AM

So what did you finally use those pieces for after all ? We sold the really big piece (4 1/2 X 18 3/4) a few days after you left. But we still have a few of the 3” left. If I was as good with the wood as some of the guys on here I would make a table out of it. But I really dont have time to fool with it. Hope all is going well. We finally got our new mill. Working much better. Had to drive up to Kansas City to trade them out.

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