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Barbara Gill

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 04:15 PM

I have milled many Black Locust logs during my 16 years of running a sawmill. It has been my experience that hardwoods are best milled to the target thickness as often the wood will move quite a lot when re-sawn. By deck boards I m not sure if you mean exposed boards on the second floor of a post and beam constructed house, boards for the deck of a boat (Black Locust is also known as Poor Man’s Teak), or boards for an outside deck.
We have two floors in our house made of Black Locust. One is the upper floor in a post and beam house; those boards were milled at 8/4. The other is over a sub-floor; those boards were milled at 4/4.

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