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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 1026 days ago 798 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1026 days ago

I went to a guys place to look at wood he had listed on CL. WOW! This guy had a 2 car sized shed FULL of various hardwoods (he estimates 5000 board feet. He had a second smaller shed filled with chestnut and hemlock. I’ve never done anything with either but I’m interested. He had slabs of chestnut and hemlock that were 17” wide x 6’ long for very low cost. What is this type of wood used for? It seems soft and reminds me of pine (not vey heavy). Just looking for some input as to whether I could find a use for any of this. I thought chestnut was extinct (his did appear to be old and reclaimed).

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gfadvm

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#1 posted 1026 days ago

$27 a board foot? This guy only wanted $5-$10 for the 2 1/2” slabs I described. You need to come and get these!

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#2 posted 1026 days ago

I could be mistaken, but I believe hemlock is one of the more toxic woods to work with. If so, good air filtration and a respirator mask would be essential if you’re going to be working with it.

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#3 posted 1026 days ago

Nevermind. It’s not on the list. Guess I was confusing woodworking with Socrates!

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#4 posted 1026 days ago

LOL Donny!

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#5 posted 1026 days ago

Sure wish I lived closer. Chestnut is nice wood.

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#6 posted 1026 days ago

I hadn’t worked with Hemlock until I moved to WV a little over a year ago. A buddy gave me some and I would describe it as a structural wood a lot like pine but seems a little denser. I’m no wood expert but I wouldn’t expect a whole lot from the hemlock in terms of furniture grade lumber. Chestnut is highly desirable, however. I’ve seen it go for similar $/bf. I’d be going for this.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 1025 days ago

Al “I’d be going for this” but what would you do with it? I don’t want to become a wood hoarder and I don’t have any ideas as to what would be cool made of chestnut. I’m looking for ideas before I buy it. I probably should have stated that it is very ‘wormy’ with lots of holes.

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#8 posted 1025 days ago

Hemlock is a knotty fir, and grows like mad here in NW Oregon. It is generally used as construction wood. The hemlock ole Caesar croaked from is actually a plant, not a tree. The chestnut is valuable, I would recommend getting what you can. American chestnut dies from a blight brought over when some dink decided it was a good idea to bring Chinese chestnut over here. Our chestnut has not been able to adapt, and they die when the trunks get to be around 6” across or so. The Chinese chestnut or a hybrid of the two are all you find growing anymore; if you can find some old chestnut wood, maybe from 50 years ago, nab it!

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 1024 days ago

Nomad, I can buy a bunch of this OLD, wormy chestnut for $1 to $2 a board foot. But then what do I do with it?

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#10 posted 1024 days ago

That sounds great… Make sure you post some pictures when you pick up a couple thousand bdft…

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#11 posted 1024 days ago

230 miles one way, almost makes it worth it for the Chestnut. However, nagging kinda puts a damper on the idea

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 1024 days ago

The best thing to do would be to get it in a kiln to off the bugs, then clean it up to see what you have. A lot of people like “holey” wood, as it shows character. A person could fill the holes with epoxy or the like, making an alternative look as well. Its an opportunity, just need to determine if it is right for you; I gather from my past readings that if you can truly determine it to be american chestnut (I wouldn’t know how) then it will be quite popular with the folks that make their money refurbishing old projects.

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#13 posted 1024 days ago

There’s a woodworker in my area who makes beautiful stuff out of locally harvested mesquite. He fills the gaps and holes with turquoise nuggets in resin. Don’t know if that technique could be applied/adapted to wormholes but I gotta say his stuff is pretty cool – and distinctive.

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