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04-10-2017 01:58 AM

I felled a very large diseased Cherry tree that split into four trunks and ended up with two crotches I’d like to do something with. I do not turn wood so that is out, but was thinking maybe an interesting cutting board. I am new so excuse anything obvious I am leaving out. first one is about 14” long and 10 inches deep and the second one is 23 inches long and 14 inches deep. see the pics. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-10-2017 02:07 AM

If you can figure out how to get a few vertical slices. You might be able to bookmatch some really fantastic boards.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 01:46 PM

Do you have access to someone with a large bandsaw capable of slicing thru those chunks ? If it were me I’d be slicing and attaching to plywood and they’d become a panel in a door or lid.

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 12:55 AM

Thanks guys for the responses!

Bob, do you recommend a thickness to do the bookmatching? Im thinking of some type of coffee table top but heard cupping can be a problem.

JayC, my bandsaw has about a 13” resaw capacity but the table seems to small to handle either of these two pieces. Any recommendations on building some type of auxiliary table to handle these beasts? I have seen some homemade fences that might handle the job but still worried about it tipping off. And curious what lid would you use this for?

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#4 posted 04-11-2017 01:31 AM

Use a chain saw to rough cut it. I normally put the crotch opposite of where the two branches split on a wood splitter and get natural crack in half. Once that is done clean the waste with a chainsaw, band saw it to shape and run it over the joiner to flatten one side and then through planer. I do this with the crotches when I am cutting firewood. If you are good at chainsawing, use it instead of splitter.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#5 posted 04-11-2017 02:58 AM

Honestly, no! I’ve only resawn a couple of pieces of kiln dried boards with crotch grain. The results were amazing, truly stunning grain. I can only imagine what you might find in those pieces. I hope you find something awesome.

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 12:00 AM

mahdee, having a hard time envisioning how to do what you recommend. So if I am looking at the crotch and the V is facing me, are you saying split/saw it from the bottom of the V so the split goes across, creating two Vs?

BBob, thanks I am very excited on opening them up, they have been sitting in by yard for 2 years!!

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 01:09 AM

CherryO-
Your last question is the easiest to answer … a beautiful jewelry box, the cherry crotch would be a good start
Your first question – You may have to rough cut them down to size before hitting the bandsaw.
Check the web … there are many ideas about building auxiliary table tops for your bandsaw along with a carriage to hold the work piece and guide it thru the blade. Then use your hand planes or a drum sander to get toward your finish surface. I wouldn’t use a planer on this material. With the grain being extremely non-directional and would probably self destruct in the planer.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 01:11 AM

.....that can be turned into a lot of spoons.

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 01:57 AM

Yes sir, two V’s. I can send you some picture tomorrow if needed. The wild grain fans out of the crotch into the two limbs.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 04-13-2017 12:35 AM

Cherry crotches are bad to crack and split. I have had poor luck with them, but maybe your cherry will behave better.

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#11 posted 04-13-2017 12:42 AM



.....that can be turned into a lot of spoons.

- RobNPHX


Ah if I only had a lathe, or more accurately, room for a lathe

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#12 posted 04-13-2017 12:47 AM



Yes sir, two V s. I can send you some picture tomorrow if needed. The wild grain fans out of the crotch into the two limbs.

- mahdee


Sure please send! I need to start working on an auxiliary table for the BS, but in the meantime I’d like to check out.

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#13 posted 04-13-2017 12:48 AM



Cherry crotches are bad to crack and split. I have had poor luck with them, but maybe your cherry will behave better.

- WDHLT15


I think you are right, I split a bunch of smaller ones when I split the limb wood, all over the place.

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#14 posted 04-13-2017 12:50 AM



CherryO-
Your last question is the easiest to answer … a beautiful jewelry box, the cherry crotch would be a good start
Your first question – You may have to rough cut them down to size before hitting the bandsaw.
Check the web … there are many ideas about building auxiliary table tops for your bandsaw along with a carriage to hold the work piece and guide it thru the blade. Then use your hand planes or a drum sander to get toward your finish surface. I wouldn t use a planer on this material. With the grain being extremely non-directional and would probably self destruct in the planer.

- JayCee123


Thank you for this info! Funny I had been looking at all types of sites on resawing but never saw one for a bigger table. Will look into it. Great point about not using a planer, could be a disaster.

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 01:32 AM

Sorry, there will not be a disaster running it through the planer.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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