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Forum topic by Alan S posted 02-28-2010 01:21 AM 1116 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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02-28-2010 01:21 AM

I was driving home from work one day, and a guy was cutting down a tree and giving the wood away. I thought I might be able to cut up the logs and use the wood one day in a project. I didn’t think to ask him what kind of tree it was, so now I’m in the dark as to what it is. Can anyone give me a clue? I live in San Antonio, TX, if that’s a clue. We have a bunch of live oaks here, but I’m not sure that’s what this is.

Upon cutting initially, all the wood looked the same color as this (ignore the wooden sticker that’s oriented horizontally, that’s a pine scrap or something):

But, after a few minutes in the air, SOME of the pieces turned a mixed white and PINK color like here:

Here’s a picture of some uncut pieces so you can see the bark.

Any ideas what I’ve got here? Thanks!
Alan


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sphere

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 01:25 AM

Catalpa or Palowina I do believe. Google “Princess Tree” for more on the latter.

It ought to be fire resistant, being it was prized for dowry chests in Japan many yrs ago.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 02:52 AM

I’m familiar with Catalpa and I have never seen anything like this. I am not familiar with Palowina.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Mogebier

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 02:58 AM

It’s Pink because you cut it open and made the poor tree bleed!!
Watch out, some tree-huggers are going to be after you!
:)

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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dustbunny

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 03:30 AM

Looks like it may be flame box elder.
The bark looks right too.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Gary

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 06:32 AM

Alan, show it to either your county extention agent or Texas Forrest Service. One of them will be able to tell you and, they are both easy to get in touch with in SA

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 06:58 AM

Sorry, I don’t know either. However that’s some cool looking wood. Hope it dries well and you can make something out of it.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Alan S

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 07:07 AM

Thanks to everyone for the replies! I hope I can make something interesting with this wood when the time comes. I cut it up today with my brand new Rikon bandsaw and I didn’t do that great a job. Some of the cuts were pretty wavy. I love this website!

Alan

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 05:50 PM

Be sure and seal the ends…..................soon…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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woodworm

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 06:19 PM

Alan, send ‘em all to my address: I will analyze and let you know the common name and botanical name like jewelry box, ect ect….LOL just kidding Alan.
Seriously, they are beautiful wood – nice find.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Alan S

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 08:03 PM

Thanks guys. I painted the log ends with old interior latex paint when I first got them. Will that work or do I need the special sealer paint people use specifically for this purpose? Thanks!

Alan

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EricRFP

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 10:33 PM

Anything that will seal the end grain will be fine. The paint should work.

Eric

-- Eric, NorCal www.rocklinforestproducts.com

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#12 posted 02-28-2010 10:53 PM

Hawthorn has a beautiful pink/orange color.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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mtnwild

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#13 posted 03-01-2010 12:22 AM

I tried primer and paint before and had bad results. I got some special end grain sealer and it had a much better thick full solid coverage. No cracks so far after 6 months on some green 2” x 12” x 24” chunks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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