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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-14-2012 08:58 PM 3783 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.

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 09:47 PM

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

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 10:13 PM

This section is about 6 feet long

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 10:17 PM

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

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 10:52 PM

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

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 11:01 PM

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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#6 posted 03-15-2012 12:43 AM

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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#7 posted 03-15-2012 12:58 AM

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

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 01:08 AM

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.

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 01:10 AM

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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#10 posted 03-15-2012 01:27 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

#11 posted 03-15-2012 07:46 AM

I can thinks of things to make with it lol

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 02:21 AM

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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#13 posted 03-16-2012 02:26 AM

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

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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