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Forum topic by Will Merrit posted 02-11-2016 03:17 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Will Merrit

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02-11-2016 03:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: black locust hardwood mallet janka

Good morning all,

I have a pal that is going to give me some logs (6’ long by 8-10” wide) of Black Locust. Its still green and I have a few questions.

1. I am thinking about making some more mallets just for fun, should I shape up the heads and handles while the wood is still wet or wait until its super hard (dry) to tool?

2. What are some other good projects for Black Locust that I should work towards, and should I begin while its green?

I do not have a lathe.

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 03:23 PM

Black Locust does not rot when used for exterior projects.

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 03:31 PM

Once it has seasoned, you can put Black locust post in the ground and they will last as long as treated lumbar. I built a pole barn garage using locust as the poles in 1980. No sign of rot in any of them. However, once it is seasoned it is almost impossible to drive a nail in it. I have cut seasoned locust with a chain saw and seen sparks come off of the chain. I had some post cut by an Amish sawyer and he told me that he would rather cut it green, but it will warp when dried.

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 03:35 PM

There is an LJ in eastern Europe who uses a lot of black locust that his grandfather planted on a farm over there. Although it is not native to Europe, there was a time where it was popular to plant it. See if you can find him. He makes everything out of it.

Look at these Black Locust projects :

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 04:37 PM

You might want to check the toxicity of black locust – supposed to be not good.

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 11:04 PM

Arrrrr! Deadeyes me bye!

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#6 posted 02-11-2016 11:53 PM

Use it for fence posts and replace the hole every 40 years!

The stuff is so hard that you can’t drive a 3/4” staple into it once it is dry. DAMHIKT

Now you know why your friend is giving it to you. :D

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