Pecan wood gloat

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Project by cdbridge39 posted 06-22-2010 12:19 AM 2244 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine gave me a pecan tree that was already down. All I had to do was cut it up and haul it off. This was no simple task the bottom of the tree was 34” across. The biggest saw I had was a 20”. Have you ever tried to cut a pecan tree ? It’s hardwood to say the least. I also didn’t have any heavy equipment to move it. Oh, did I say it had to be moved in 2 days ! Well I made a big dent in it the first day, also I wanted in the biggest pieces that I could handle. I really got to invest in a bigger saw. Four trailer loads in all. I also got some bonus wood oak ,cherry and some hedge wood.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 12:39 AM

Pecan is a good rustic looking wood. Watch out, that stuff checks and splits like crazy. Better seal the eands asap..

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 12:39 AM

Thats a nice batch of wood. Looks like maybe the tree was hit with lightening long ago. Too bad you didn’t have a portable sawmill to slab out some of the larger chunks.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 12:41 AM

Thats a big tree. Lots of pecan projects in the

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 12:43 AM

good haul .

a little work ,
but you got it done !

enjoy .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 01:01 AM

Next time you get jammed up like that, give ol hairy a holler. Have chainsaw will travel.

The only thing I saw made from pecan was a coffin, but it certainly was wonderful looking wood.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 01:35 AM

Free the magic word

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 01:58 AM

Nothing better than wood except free wood!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 02:42 AM

darren, That little comment about checking and sealing the’s things like that,that is why I like reading these forums. A little tip..but it may come in handy someday.

cdbridge, great job snagging that wood.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 06:30 AM

Fantastic score! Looking forward to seeing the projects.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 06:40 AM

Could you turn that wood while wet like you can with cherry?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 06:55 AM

How about a Stihl 084 with a 48” bar? Might do the trick. Ah I don’t use it very often anymnore myself, but its good to keep around for the times I do need it. Great score.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#12 posted 06-23-2010 02:20 AM

great find, hope it does not start splitting

-- Norman

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#13 posted 06-23-2010 02:41 AM

If you think it’s hard right now, wait until you run it through your planer.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 02:52 AM

Yes, you can turn that wood when wet, very very nice to work with, if you turn it thin and sand it smooth and put finish on it will move a little and if you are lucky it won’t split. I love working with green wood and I think it is far easier to turn when wet than after it is dried. I also love when the wood moves and warps on you and you never know how it will change and sometimes the movement is awesome. I have a bowl that is now OVAL and when people ask how I made it oval I just wiggle my fingers and say I have magic hands! ;-)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 06-23-2010 07:06 PM

Free wood is alway work! but it is worth it!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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