Second log is a mystery-- ANYONE KNOW WHAT IT IS?

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Project by Built2Last posted 07-28-2009 10:29 PM 2707 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you know I got my bandsaw mill up and running yesterday.
This is the second log I sawed. I found it on the side of the road in a swampy area, where it had been blown down and someone had cut it out of the way. I went and got my buddies Rick and Rob (sounds like a radio morning show,lol) and they helped me load it in the back of my truck,
It has some beautiful color. I have a smaller one that I cut open with a chainsaw and when it dries more it is a beautiful warm brown color. Anyone know what it is and if it’s any good for building furniture with.
On a personal note: I sure wish my wife was here to see the mill, she would have been so proud of me.

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 10:50 PM

Is it some kind of Cypress? You mentioned finding it in a swampy area – that’s what comes to mind.

May help if you could post pictures of the bark and leaves if possible.


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#2 posted 07-28-2009 11:48 PM

It definitely has the taper like a cypress? The bark and or leaves would help as Michaelray says above…how hard is the wood inside, and how heavy is it??

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 11:52 PM

I have no clue, but I wish I had a saw mill like yours. -SST (I wonder if I could convert one of my old Shopsmiths into a mill…increase the power some…add a few gizmos…)

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 12:24 AM

I believe it’s to hard and to heavy to be cypress. It’s real heavy even though it’s been down a while. Never saw the leaves and the bark reminded me of a white oak.
Shopsmithtom and anyone else interested, I can get you the name and number of the guy I bought my kit from for the mill. It included the engine, wheels, bearings and threaded rod and then you buy you own steel and either fab it yourself or have someone else do it. It is basically the same mill as a Linn 1900 or you can contact linn and buy their kits in various level of completion.

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#5 posted 07-29-2009 12:41 AM

Looks like it could be Black Willow. Here is a picture of it listed on the hobbithouseinc exotic wood picture site
Black Willow Picture

Even though only one of their sample pictures show the dark streaks, I’ve seen it at Paxton Hardwoods w/ the same color and grain as what you cut.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 12:43 AM

That Darkness is (crap whats it called) Splated? ( a microbe that makes way cool figure).
What if anything, does it smell like? Might be a Southern Cedar? I have a dieing one in my back yard
and it slices up a lot like that… I the smell is not so strong until its cut and fades rather fast when you sticker it.

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 01:03 AM

It’s southern sweet gum,I have a mess of it.It is very pretty, the trick is to dry out right.I quarter saw a lot of it to avoid waste from warping so bad.Almost postive that is sweet gum, I live tallahassee and cut this on a regular basis.

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 01:06 AM

I kinda thought it might be sweet gum but the darkness thru my off. May have been from lying on the wet ground were I found it.

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 01:07 AM

spalted sassafras?

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 02:58 AM

I was told that you can send a sample of wood to the US Forestery Service and they will identify it and give origin that the tree had grew. This was to be a free service (part of our tax dollars at work) I guess. I will look into it some more.

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#11 posted 07-29-2009 03:13 AM

when you say it’s been down, has it been laying flat or propped up. if it was on the ground, it probably has a lot of drying to go. you will probably know much better once it is dry.

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#12 posted 07-29-2009 03:20 AM

GSWoodworker – I wouldn’t be surprised if they farm this out to various colleges and universities to be used as part of their educational program. I’d love to hear more about it if you can find more info.

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 03:34 AM

Some interesting wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 07-29-2009 03:37 AM

Might as well throw my guess in there. From the second picture and the way you said it had a warm brown color as it dried looks alot like Butternut ( a cousin to walnut, not as dark and not as hard, but has a similar grain and color as your log) Don’t know if there are any Butternut trees in Alabama, but I’ve been told the tree has been dieing out because of some sort of blite. Hope the US Forestery Service can help you out and keep us posted.

-- John @

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#15 posted 07-29-2009 05:06 AM

all the sweet gum I’ve ever cut has had dark streaks and a spalted effect through the grain.But is very nice.Once dry machines well and looks sharp.Have fun with it.Check out this link

info on the sweetgum

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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