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Forum topic by BlueStingrayBoots posted 01-04-2008 02:24 PM 2109 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2008 02:24 PM

Fresh, toppled over about 10days ago. I couldnt resist any longer. I went and got it(whatever it takes) and sure enough their was someone else already pecking away at it. There were signs of chainsaw cutting. Looked like just enough to fill trunk or pickup, but I’m sure they had the same bug as I. I was successful, biggest trunk recovered yet, 8’5” and 32” across base end 27” other end. About a ton.
2 sharpend chaindsaws(no time to resharp on site or to devote to frustration), chains, engine hoist, dual axle trailer.

A freind said to leave it for a few months to get some spalting. Any Idea on how that works?


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#1 posted 01-04-2008 02:27 PM

A lot of project potential in that log.

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 02:47 PM

After the last hurricane blew through the Hampton Roads area a couple years back, it left countless trees uprooted and to this day there are still hundreds visible from the road while riding through the back roads. Several news stations and newspaper stories talked up the issue of the large divot left by all these uprooted trees and the danger of an increased mosquito population boom. I seems to me that someone with access to a bobcat and a chainsaw with several spare chains could get all the stumps they could haul away if they just asked the owner and agreed to fill in the hole.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 03:06 PM

Nice find!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 03:18 PM


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#5 posted 01-04-2008 05:31 PM

Good score. Spalting? I have some customers that look for the spalted cause the like it and others that don’t want anything to do with it and run away as fast as they can. I have found the softer woods spalt faster than the hard woods. Have fun ,it looks like a real nice log.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 05:34 PM

Boy, I wish I was closer to you. I have a Woodmizer and I have never cut a pecan before. If we were closer we would take a Saturday and make boards for you.

As far as spalting, it takes many months of decaying to get a really good figure. There is a very fine line between spalting and becoming “pippy”.

-- Jeff, Indiana

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 07:11 PM

Should I seal the ends? This wood is harder then ceder, but similar in texture and slightly harder than pine.
I’m planning on outdoor slightly rustic furniture with 8/4-10/4. Cook-out/picnic stuff since thats were I spend time.
But if the slabs sell…...we’ll just go with sticks and marshmellows.

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 07:42 PM

Yea for sure seal the ends. I spalt alot of logs, maple mostly, some sycamore. I have never spalted pecan, I have seen it, it’s cool…but if you are not careful you will just ruin that pretty log. I would mill it now and mill it wide. All the pecan I have milled around here has a darker center, I would be tickled to find one that looks like that.

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 01:56 AM

What a great find!! The other guy was probably looking for cheap firewood. Make sure you show us if/when you cut it.

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#10 posted 01-06-2008 02:53 AM

Pecan is beautiful wood. Great find.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 01-06-2008 05:23 AM

Can’t wait to see what comes out… Hope you post some pictures. And good luck w/her…

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#12 posted 01-06-2008 06:05 AM

I will be looking for some made from it also.

How about some legs for that shuffleboard table you were going to build?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 01-06-2008 06:16 AM

Good idea Gary but pecan isnt very hard and a freind stopped by today, a mesquite miller, he said its somewhat unstable but that the 3-5 months spalting was on que. So more than likely it will be used for a outdoor bar for next to the grill. Picnic tables are nice and a fenominal idea but I dont like um. So time to invent something new. I wish I could play shuffleboard… Thats still to come, out of mesquite. Still need to refine my skills though. Aaaa woodworking
Thanks Gary
Thanks everybody. Check back in april.

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#14 posted 01-06-2008 06:32 AM

I’ve hears them talking about Pecan and Hickory being the same. That the names might be changed to up the price or so. The lumber books call them interchangeable.

So i don’t know why they would be called not very hard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#15 posted 01-06-2008 06:42 AM

Hickory is used for axe handles Karson, similar to oak and maple. Like in that movie with Clint Eastwood(pale rider). I can assure you that pecan is slightly softer. Think about it Karson, time fly’s and soon we’ll have some 10/4 slabs.

I acquired 27 one gallon cans of polyurethane, new. So I’ll give these slabs a generous coat, hopefully it will stabilize any bending.

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