Tupelo Wood for Furniture Making?

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Forum topic by macintosh posted 03-06-2010 02:33 AM 1849 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2010 02:33 AM

We have some gorgeous long planks of wood (17 feet long, 10 – 12 inches wide, and 1 inch thick), and have discovered that the species is Tupelo.

Can you help me figure out of this wood is of any value in making furniture? Specifically, we’d like to make a dining room table from it. From what I’ve found on the internet already, it seems its used most for carving.

Is it useable, or should we scrap it?

You guys are always so helpful – thank you so much!
-the wife

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 09:04 PM

Sorry not to have noticed your post earlier. The “Tupelo” I’m familiar with is one of the Gums. If yours is the same, I think it would make a fine looking table. Many years ago – pre Luan and Philippine Mahogany, many of paint-grade’ doors had Gum faces. While in college I had a very simple but beautiful desk made of Gum. Hope that helps.

-- Dave O.

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 03:12 AM

You said yourself you thought the planks were “gorgeous”. I say go ahead and make something with them. Gorgeous wood makes gorgeous furniture. Don’t forget the pics when your done.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 10:31 PM

Any chance you could wet some of that wood with water or mineral spirits, snap a few pictures, and upload or PM them to me? I found a few logs on the side of the road that I cut into bowl blanks and I think they’re tupelo (black gum). I haven’t found any good pictures of Tupelo lumber, so I’m not sure if that’s it or not. The bark looks fairly close to some pictures I’ve found on the web, but there were no leaves so it’s tough to identify.


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#4 posted 03-24-2010 03:28 AM

Tupelo is what we carve duck decoys out of. It’s very soft wood.

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