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07-02-2010 05:18 PM

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Anybody ever use this stuff? I know people use it for fence posts and it is incredibly hard. I can gEt some for free but I dont know if its worth dulling all my saws and planers. Anybody got any pics?

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 07:17 PM

The more common name for boise d’arc is Osage orange. Do a search here and on Google for osage orange and you will find lots of information.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 07:23 PM

I use it all the time, it makes really pretty pens.

The links below are some of my Osage Orange pens

-- Kyle Bowers

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 07:28 PM

Down here in Texas the common name is boise d’arc. Its weird how many common names trees have. I had to pass on it because the tree was leaning over the house. Way too much and too big for me. Anyone on the DFW who want the ladies number just let me know.

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#4 posted 07-02-2010 07:34 PM

In my part of Texas we call them horse apple trees. Beautiful wood, but it can crack and split a lot. Sorry you had to pass on it.

-- Daniel

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 08:46 PM

Bowdark, Osage orange, or what ever you want to call it. This is the wood I use for a lot of projects. I hear a lot of talk about how hard it is, but if you keep your tools sharp (like you sould anyway) you will have very little problem working it. It does get harder with age. I have not had any problem with any of it spliting or cracking. As in any wood if you see cracks or splits in the wood you know that is going to be a problem area and you work with it accordingly. I get trees people are wanting to get rid of. If you go cut your own tree, do not try to force the chain saw to cut, it will make your saw bog down. Let the saw do the work and it will cut alot quicker.

One of the things I like about the wood is that when it is sanded it has an iridescent quility to it. You can look at it one way and it is light colored, turn it a little and it has a dark color.

One last thing I have seen people talk about how hard this wood is, but they use wood that by density is a harder wood. Just keep your tools sharp and you want have any problem.

Hope this helps.

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#6 posted 07-02-2010 08:49 PM

I work in osage orange and echo your comments that it’s a hardwood but I also work in Corian and Antler and both of those are a lot harder. Sharp tools are the answer to any material hard or soft.

-- Kyle Bowers

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 10:37 PM

Makes great longbows. American Indians used it.

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 03:14 PM

I have used it for turning bowls.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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