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#1 posted 09-23-2012 12:04 PM

Well, I have had some experience with it. It has spiral grain which sets up stresses when you saw flat boards out of it. It is best to quartersaw it, and be sure to stack the best stuff on the bottom of the stack so the less best stuff can provide some weight. The first flatsawn board off each face of the log/cant almost always ends up like a pretzel, so you may as well save yourself some trouble and slab heavy.

I have found it impossible to take a twisted board, joint and plane it flat, then be able to keep it flat. IF the M% changes just a little, it will tend to re-twist. I made a step stool using it, and used some twisted rough sawn boards that I got perfectly flat for the top. Stool was perfect. A few days later, the stool was cattywhompus. The top had re-twisted which pulled one leg out of level, and the stool rocked.

The heartwood is beautiful, streaked and colored with green/brown/red tones. Your best bet is to take the time and diligence to perfectly quartersaw as many boards as possible out of the log, and use straight logs. Logs with sweep are palletwood.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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