Black Cherry planks

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Project by mountain934 posted 12-06-2011 03:44 PM 2302 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a bad storm come through our area and i lost a huge limb off my old black cherry tree. I just didn`t have the heart to cut it up for firewood, so i cut it in 4 foot lengths and took it to my local sawmill. 30 bucks and i wound up with a nice stack of short planks. Now to wait till their dry and take them back to get planed.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 04:05 PM

Awesome !! Great salvage. Might want to put something on that “open wound” so that it doesn’t become diseased.

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 06:07 PM

And coat the ends with something maybe to prevent checking. Porch paint will work in a pinch, otherwise anchorseal is good stuff and also a product from a company called LandarkNW has a really really great product that will work for that too, endgrain sealer/wax. It is also one of the final components in the complete finishing system that they offer and that I love to use on some of my works. No, I am not connected with the company in any way and recieve nothing from them but I do have a great affinity for the products that they produce.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 06:10 PM

As far as the old cherry tree, it`s comin down in the spring [ more wood for the sawmill…lol.] I already coated the ends of the planks, i use roofing tar.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 07:42 PM

Good luck turning a mishap into future treasures. I just recently did the same thing with an old family tree cherry tree limb:

Please post pictures of what you make out of this. If you need a home for any of those planks, I’m just a bit south of you in MD.

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

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 08:20 PM

Nice looking grain. Should make some great projects.

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 01:24 AM

You got a nice amount from that one limb, well done!

-- shavins

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#7 posted 12-07-2011 10:36 AM

Great save! And you got that cut for $30? That’s a great sav-ings!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 01:40 PM

Outstanding. Ya gotta b happy with that.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#9 posted 12-07-2011 06:42 PM

What a great save. Well done, and look fwd to seeing some projects from this wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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