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Forum topic by mags posted 04-21-2010 02:34 AM 1210 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2010 02:34 AM

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My son has a Aspen tree down on his lot. My question is Aspen any good for building with. Thanks Nick

-- Nick,Pa.

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 02:51 AM

It’s a pretty soft wood. I have a few pieces that are actually portions of branches that are about 4” in diameter. I’ve had these mini-logs for about 5 years and I can’t figure out what to do with them. The wood is a pretty dull pasty white with little grain.

I’ve seen glued up aspen boards. Technically, they are a hardwood (deciduous tree) but they behave like a softwood.

I can’t envision doing any quality woodworking with them.

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 03:00 AM

yeah aspen’s tough. its used a lot for model making because it is so soft but works a little easier than pine and in my experience has a tighter straighter grain. but overall its not very good for woodworking projects. maybe bowls or something like that though.

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 03:20 AM

drawer sides and or bottoms. it is nice to work with sharp planes.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 03:52 AM

Thick aspen shavings are what the lower-cost pads for evaporative (a.k.a. “swamp”) coolers are made of- low scent, and not real allergenic. Can’t point you to a structural use, though.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 03:33 PM

Aspen is great for wood carving, especially relief carving and for use as a secondary wood in supports, drawers etc. Good Luck with it!

-- Les, Missouri,

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