useable or just firewood ????

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Forum topic by TJ65 posted 09-18-2010 04:24 AM 1523 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2010 04:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question birch

OK, I know this is a lame question but since you guys are just soooooo helpful I just had to ask as I have been dwelling over this problem for a while. And now well…. we need the trailer back to fill it up with gardening waste rather than a dead tree!!!!
We had a large Birch tree that had died during the drought, since we were to lazy to do anything about it for a few months (?? years) it stayed firmly rooted to the ground. Finally we actually cut it up, I have used very small parts like branches that were not really rotten but this is another matter. as You can see it varies in solidness.
My question is…. Is there any point in keeping it? Can I do something at all with it or is it just fierwood???
I thought I could use it for carving or just decorative purposes but is that even viable?

link to part 2- sliced up

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 04:31 AM

The first photo said “great promise” but the other two said, “well maybe it might be better to snuggle up to a nice fire with a glass of wine”.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 04:50 AM

i think one is good for sure..number 2 might be usable…its small enough to cut on the table saw…just rip on slab from the outside and see whats inside…but three for sure should warm your coffee up in the stove…its got some solid in there…but you can always just do a test run and see whats what…sometimes you get surprised…show us what you end up with…grizz

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 01:36 PM

There is no black and white, yes or no. Some projects require perfect, stable, clear lumber. But lots of other projects can be enhanced when the wood has defects, including cracks. What were you thinking about making with this wood? If you turn these into strips of wood, and glue them together, you may very well end up with some stunning “blanks” for various wood projects.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 02:36 PM

Save what you can. Cut off the good parts and burn the rest. If you build rustic- there is always a need for a piece of a good log- even small pieces I save in a bin. As long as I can cut it on the chop saw without cutting my fingers off I figure its usable at some point. And shopgurl.. who would have thought that anyone would ever reference my silly little candle holders. LOL. I guess as grandmother used to say, “There is a lid for every pot.”

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 03:31 PM

Yes I agree, there are no right or wrong.
Sometimes rodden wood can become beautiful projects, but of course not for construction.
I made this mallet from firewood in a friends pile.
Ohhh, yes and remember a glass of good wine in front of the fire with your husband, when you burn the rest.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 06:06 PM

if you turn you can use almost any wood…. and the best wood is free wood!

-- Cosmicturner

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 02:14 AM

So you are saying that if I dont use this wood for construction purposes that it is still ok for other things like carving, jewelry, adornments etc. Do I then have to make the wood stable -so to speak, or has it gone to a stagenow that it wont deteriorate any more?

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 03:06 AM

if you are going to slab the wood in your band saw or table saw…i would try to cut up all of it and see what you have there…there may be spalting and some nice things going on inside…sometimes if its a little loose…i might spread glue onto it to stabilize it ….and you can use it for things that dont require construction grade strength…now thats what i would do with it…cut it up and give us a peak of what you have..i would be glad to help in anyway i can…grizzman

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 05:22 PM

I would cut it up and see what happens.
I have made pieces of jewelry from pretty odd pieces. Like grizzman said, I have coated pieces in glue to keep the looe bits together. Something like a necklace doesn’t need to be strong, just look pretty, so almost any piece of wood will work.
I made some christmas ornaments by taking thin slices of branches like yours. Some had very intersting grain or colors that you never would have guessed by looking at the log.

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