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Wood Workers Dreams/ Nightmares #1: If only I could acquire

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Blog entry by WildWoodMan posted 12-30-2014 07:50 PM 1589 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a limb still on the tree (I think Walnut), what a wood workers dreams, but in my case it is a nightmare I can not cut or even attempt to acquire.

-- Wildman, PA, http://www.lumberjocks.com/WildWoodMan.com



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poopiekat

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 10:40 PM

Blog #2: I got lumber from a branch, and it keeps moving as it dries. It curled like a cheese doodle after planing. It pinched a table saw blade so tightly, it stalled the motor. Dunno why….

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 10:49 PM

If we go out at night and cut it down will you share?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 01:06 AM

Branch/limb wood rarely makes decent boards because of all the tension wood. It warps, twists, and doesn’t behave as per PK’s experience. But does make good firewood.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 03:17 AM

I have been able to use it for lathe items

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 08:00 PM

That branch looks good if you want to use it for an art piece. However, straight wood comes from the timber that is in the main trunk of the tree. This wood has very little stress in it since it grows vertically. Branches don’t grow vertically and the top of the branch will be in tension while the bottom of the branch will be in compression. These stresses will tend to equalize whenever the wood is ripped. I agree with gfadvm, it makes great firewood.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 08:15 PM

So I guess the point to be made here is that branch wood is of little value to a woodworker. Conceivably, I’d take a short log out of this felled branch, but only for resawing into thin veneer sheets on my bandsaw. Lumber? Nahhh… not worth the effort. I can’t even recommended it for firewood, at least not for a firebox in the house….have you ever smelled walnut wood burning?? Yuck-o.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 12-31-2014 09:01 PM

Might be interesting for turn some bowls.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 12-31-2014 09:31 PM

poopiekat: saw stalled because it was the wrong part of the tree, or still green
pjones 1st you have to get to the tree, then shinny up the tree, but by that time police be there
Oh I would not want you ot cut it down on my account, an yes the “knot”/etc would make for nice bowl.
gfadvm: yes I know, but would not burn to well green, an its walnut dont think it smell to good burning,
like poopiekay mentioned.
Ampeater: I am glad someone saw my point of view, I was looking at it artistically , was wonder what other people would see in this limb, I saw (pun intended) snake/ carving of human a w/ hand/ and who knows what else, I would find.
But alas it would not but able to burn, 1 its Greene 2 it Walnut, 3 it is on City Property on a steap slope

I have recived more commentes about this one then all my blogs together..hmmm

-- Wildman, PA, http://www.lumberjocks.com/WildWoodMan.com

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