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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 890 days ago 3344 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sawed apart a trunk on an American Elm tree and found a big hole. Anyone got suggestions on a use? The trunk is 39 inches wide as it is laying & the hole is about 9-1

0 inches wide.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 890 days ago

It’s hard to tell from the pictures how tall the trunk is. Perhaps the good portions could be used for turning blanks?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 890 days ago

This section is about 6 feet long

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Don W

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#3 posted 890 days ago

looks like you could still get some decent 1×4’s

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Backwood

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#4 posted 890 days ago

How about a live edge table top using epoxy to fill the center and attach the pedestal?

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jfk4032

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#5 posted 890 days ago

At least with the pith out of the picture you should have less chances of checking and splitting whether you decide to slice this into quartersawn boards or cut sections into turning blanks or bowl blanks…the last two if you turn. With either way to decide to go with, be sure to seal the endgrains…the areas outside of the rot appear to be in good shape at the moment.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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Philzoel

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#6 posted 890 days ago

many interesting cuts are possible. Some nice wavy edges were edges curl in. Straight cuts just off hole allows very interesting boards. Interested to see a sanded end.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 890 days ago

Sand and polish a slice, then back it with a mirror and it will make a beautiful picture frame for the mirror.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 890 days ago

Hal I really like that idea. I could cut boards around the hole, but it just feels like I should do something that uses the hole.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 890 days ago

You could mount it over a bucket and carve a windor seat into it :)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 890 days ago

Slice the trunk into 4” slabs, then nestle a bowl for dip/salsa in the cleaned up hole and hollow out between the edge & dip bowl for chips.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

#11 posted 890 days ago

I can thinks of things to make with it lol

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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eccentrictinkerer

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#12 posted 889 days ago

Pardon the vulgarity, but my when my uncle Marvin saw a knothole in a board I was about to use he said ‘that would make a perfect a—hole for a hobby horse’.

That was 50 years ago and I still chuckle whenever I see a knothole.

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JJohnston

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#13 posted 889 days ago

Elm is one of the more split-resistant woods, so save at least some of it for mallet heads.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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