What to do with 350BF of sweet gum

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01-30-2010 01:53 AM

i have no experience with this lumber at all. All i know is if i get it by tommorow its 50 bucks for 350BF it is dry.

What can i do with this lumber?

here is a picture of said lumber

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 02:15 AM

I have had no experience with it as Lumber; I have however used a fair amount of it for turning on the lathe. It has a great scent to it and seems to be fairly resilient when dry. The real question on the 350bf is this: Is it all 4/4 or is some thicker, etc….

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 03:08 AM

Buy it! You can never have enough lumber and for that price if you decide you don’t like it you can use it for jigs or even framing lumber!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 04:17 AM

2nd the buy it ! Sweetgum is very cool wood, total pain to dry flat from a sawyers view point. But if it is dry you don’t have that worry. It has tight/interlocking grain and will take fine joinery. Machines very well and sands smooth as glass. You will find a use for it.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 04:30 AM

at 15 cents a board foot you can afford to do whatever you want with it lol

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 05:06 AM

it is all 4/4 i believe. he also has white pine for 1 a board foot and hickory for 3

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 06:07 AM

What they said. Jigs and chew the splinters ; ) Sawmills will sometimes cut it to sell as pallet making material for factories, etc.

-- Chris, South Carolina

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 06:08 AM

Pine can be very beautiful in furniture when finished correctly. Love its rustic western look. I recently used a piece of swedish pine in a coat rack.

-- Chris, South Carolina

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 06:17 AM

You can give it to me? LOL…..Truthfully, at that price you can’t go wrong….you can use it for framing of your projects, for support…for jigs….for handles….....and as mentioned it can be made into a very nice primary wood if finished correctly. You can even segment it for turning….I would not look for it as a primary wood….but if offered it at a nominal price…and if I had the room….I’d go for it. I’d be much more interested in the Hickory…depending on what grade it was.

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 11:23 PM

think it would be suitable for a office desk or workbench?

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 10:03 PM

did you get it ?
where are you located?


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#11 posted 02-04-2010 10:57 PM

Were you able to get it?

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 11:01 PM

Yes got it all. im currently remodeling the shop i will get pictures soon. i actually got it for 8 cents a board foot. ALot is warped pretty bad but there’s alot of usable material

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 06:31 AM

You could give t to me!

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#14 posted 02-05-2010 07:01 AM

I will be selling alot of it. one i get what i need for my project. As i cannot store all of it and the 150bf of cedar and the lil bit of white oak and hard maple i have

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