Does anyone know anything about use of Dogwood

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Forum topic by docholladay posted 07-24-2010 04:00 PM 1794 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2010 04:00 PM

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I have a friend that has a fairly large (for this type of tree) Dogwood tree that was blown over in a recent storm and has offered to allow me to get whatever wood I can out of it. I have heard that, once dry, Dogwood is a very, very hard dense wood. I have also heard that it will polish to a very high sheen. This main bole of the tree is probably a little less than 12” diameter at the base and about 7-8” at the top. Has anyone out there had experience in using this wood? Any suggestions for seasoning, sawing, preparation, etc.?



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#1 posted 07-24-2010 05:04 PM

It is also known as false boxwood. You can do anything with it, saw it, plane it and turn it. I have seen flowering dogwood jewelry boxes and they are beautiful. I like the way the wood goes from red to pink with the streaks of cream in it. I never could get my hands on any to make something out of it. I thought if a person had enough of it, it would make for a beautiful table.

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 05:11 PM

Thanks. I did not know about the color streaks in it. I’m thinking it would be a good excuse to try making a jig for sawing into boards on my band saw. Kind of makes me wonder what it would look like quarter sawn. The wood is free, what do I have to lose? That is what I think I like most about woodworking.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 05:19 PM

I hear its beautiful stuff ….......................Schloemoe

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 05:35 PM

In a house that we once owned about 10 years ago we had a dogwood that was dieing so I cut it down.
I saved the main trunk and it has been moved to two houses and is currently sitting in the corner of my garage.
Funny thing…. there is a small notch on the side where it forms a “hole” and a gecko made a nest and laid her eggs there and the hatched eggs I left there… looks neat…. I should take a picture and show it off I guess.
Anyway… the wood I noticed almost looks like the are worm holes through the bark.
When I get things set up for “real” wood working (I have just been tinkering up till now) I can’t wait to cut that trunk open and see what treasure awaits inside.


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#5 posted 07-24-2010 06:01 PM

It’s a dream to turn. Very nice wood. At that size it would be cool to make boards out of some and turn the rest.

-- Daniel

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 09:09 PM

I use it a lot in my wood crafting studio.
I use it to make walking sticks, pegs, tool handles, chair parts, drawer handles and knobs, and butterfly keys.

-- 温故知新

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