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BuyoMasilla

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1003 days ago

I will soon get a hold of a root ball a friend has been cleaning. I’m afraid I have no idea of what to do (or how) with it. It’s one of those things however that I can’t pass on. Like coming accros a piece of figured scrap which I pick up even though I have no plans for it (that reminds me that I have a log of russian olive to figure something out with, but that’s a whole other question).

The wood from the tree whose root ball this is, is an interesting yellow and somewhat dramatic. I suspect the root ball will be somewhat similar to a burl with no specific grain, but rather maybe a birds’ eye like spots.

My question, can I try to resaw at maybe an inch and try to eventually use it as boards?, or should I try to resaw thin and use as veneer? Will either work? If attempting to make boards, how long should I dry?

I look forward to any responses and thank you in advance for them, and for reading the note.

Mario

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........


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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 1003 days ago

Rootballs are notoriously difficult to saw because of the embedded dirt and rocks because you can never get it all out, even with persistent washing. You will need some extra blades for sure.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#2 posted 1003 days ago

Thank you for the input Wood Mizer, I think you’re saying that even inside the wood part of the rootball, I may find rocks and dirt that was grown around sort of speak. Right?

The thought of doing something with the rootball came from watching that national geographic video on the wood work for the bentleys and how they get their veneer from those giganormous root balls. And I guess it’s not like recycling wood where a metal detector might alert you to trouble.

Have you done work with rootballs Wood Mizer?

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#3 posted 1003 days ago

I have not personally done it, but I have discussed this with many sawyers who have. Black walnut wood at the line between the wood above and the root below is prized for gun stocks. Many have attempted to dig up walnut stumps and cut out the blanks for gun stocks. The consensus in the end most times is that it was a marginal proposition. You are correct about the ingrown pockets of dirt and small rocks/stones.

Even so, it could be worth it if the wood merited it. I am sending you a PM with a link to one person’s successful sawing of a walnut rootball.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#4 posted 1002 days ago

I’ve sawn wood like that, and it’s a gamble; probable beautiful wood, potential rocks. The dirt is almost guaranteed, and it dulls a blade so most sawyers (myself included) will use an old blade when trying to cut one up. Rocks instantaneously remove all semblance of sharpness, and are the worry. Sometimes you gotta take chances, you just need to figure if you can afford the sharpening fees to get the wood. The wood will tend to be highly figured with a lot of tension so it likes to crack, making the drying process important to deal with. Best of luck to you if you choose to move forward with it.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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