Deadhead cypress for bench?

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Forum topic by bobjill posted 06-08-2010 11:38 AM 1289 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2010 11:38 AM

Is Deadhead aka sinker cypress hard and dense enough for a bench? I can get this lumber cheaper than i can get SYP at the borg and seeing that most has been cut since the 1800’s and underwater since it is aspose to be really dense and hard.

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 03:14 PM

Don’t know much about Cypress sinkers, but I do have great amount of experience with River Reclaimed Mahogany. I have created several tables, benches and other furniture pieces using River Reclaimed Mahogany and Bullet Tree.

I can tell you that it’s some of the finiest wood you will ever have the previleage of working with. Due to the lack of oxygen, the water preserves the wood and give it an extreme stability and luster like no other.

I would recommend looking at this article by Glen Huey on Belize River Reclaim lumber. Also you can go to and do take a look at “BULLET TREE”. This wood is some of the hardest wood you will ever touch and the look and beauty is “Well you’ll want to see for your self”.

Good Luck.

-- You have to walk thru the valley, before you can stand on the mountain.

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 04:58 PM

Sorry no experience with that.

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 07:02 PM

Sinkers are generally very old logs, originally felled as virgin timber, and are are very desirable for their grain and color. If you can get it cheaper than SYP, jump at it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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