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Forum topic by Rob67 posted 04-02-2010 08:32 PM 2844 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2010 08:32 PM

I recently came across a farmer who had some locust that he milled down after he cut it down on his farm. I have never used locus so was wondering if it is worth getting from him?

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 09:09 PM

Your intended usage is what?

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 12:42 AM

Growing up we used Locust for fence posts as it almost will not rot. I’ve never used it as lumber but if you can get it milled it might make a dandy outdoor wood.

good luck!

-- Les, Missouri,

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 01:35 AM

Honeylocust (varying colors-reddish-yellow-even pink) and Black locust (off white-yellowish color) are lumped together/confused. They are not even related. I think honeylocust is prettier…but not at all rot resistant. Black locust is the rot resistant one, while still pretty-not as much as honeylocust IMO. They are both hard, black locust being very hard. Which does he have ?

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 01:37 AM

Oops your question was should you get it…yes if the price is right ($2 bft would be a steal for either if it is good quality)

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 01:39 AM

I grew up on a small farm in western Pa. we also used black locust for fence posts as they take a very long time to rot. We also cut up a lot of them when clearing fields….what I can tell you about a black locust is this, they will dull the chain of a chain saw faster than anything that I have ever seen. We would have to stop in the middle of cutting up a tree to burn simply to sharpen the chain.
I don’t think that I would be interested in making any furniture out of the wood. Pen blanks, and small turning …maybe. But definitely no furniture projects for me from locust.

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#6 posted 04-03-2010 06:33 AM

Black locust is very hard and prone to splitting. I like how it looks, but a little hard to work.

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#7 posted 04-03-2010 06:43 AM

I have had good success using Honey Locust for furniture building. Here is one of the first projects that I tried with it
!Click for details!

The pieces that I have worked with had a wonderful pink color to them when the wood was raw, but seemed to loose that color when I added finish (natural danish oil). However, the finished projects have wonderful color and striking grain patterns.

So to answer your Q, I echo what Darren said…yes it is worth getting some (if it is Honey Locust…I have no experience with Black Locust)

Good Luck

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 05:46 PM

From the descritions about I am guessing it was black locus. It was almost a yellowish white in color and the grain pattern was tighter than what Trev shows above. Thanks for all the posts as it has made it easier for me to figure out what to look for. I will definately try to find some honeylocus but will pass on the black.

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 06:12 PM

There is nothing wrong with black locust. Stainless steel screws and it makes for patio furniture that will last for decades.

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 09:27 PM

Thanks Daren, I hadn’t thought of that but sounds reasonable from the long time it take to rot.

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