limbs are unsatisfactory for most woodworking

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Forum topic by HallTree posted 11-09-2010 05:45 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2010 05:45 PM

8iowa’s comment on ‘How did this happen’ talking about why a board warped was “This is the reason why limbs are unsatisfactory for most woodworking”
A lot of you LumberJocks probably know this. but that is something that I had never thought of. Interresting!

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 05:56 PM

Limbs can be good material for turning and firewood.

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 06:08 PM

Ha! Well put, Rich.

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 06:08 PM

Or for canes!

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 06:15 PM


-- Doug...

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 06:33 PM

Depending on WHAT you are doing with them. I use a lot of limb wood for turnings. Turn when wet, sand, let dry and twist, then final sand and finish. Of course bowls every now and then end up looking like Taco shells but that’s okay…

Limb wood can be quite useful for hiking staff / cane making.

And depending on the species, can be VERY useful in the BBQ pit.

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 09:08 PM

Truth be told I have used them for curtian rods, handrails and other items in a rustic camp houses.
This one is actually an early growth yellow birch.

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 09:17 PM

I use limbs quite often when I make adirondack furniture and much like CampD’s picture, you can use them for a variety of things around the house or cabin.

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 09:51 PM

I’ve got a friend who the limbs fall off of a bunch of his walnut trees. Through a variety of miscommunications they ended up getting burned, but in trying to track down what to do with them I learned the same thing.

I do, though, want to try getting some nice looking limbs and take the time to skin them and work them with hand tools to try to build furniture that takes into account the natural curves and twists of the wood, but I’d like to do it while making something more elegant than rustic. So, yeah, I haven’t tackled that challenge yet.

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 10:16 PM

Don’t forget about hill trees, also not going to work for most furniture, too much stress in the wood.

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