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01-14-2012 12:53 AM

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Anybody ever use dogwood for anything? I sliced one up from my daughters back yard and it looks prtty white and pretty hard.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 01:21 AM

I know some people really like it for carving.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 01:38 AM

I have used it for chisel handles. I really like it. I think it would be fantastic wood for anything. There is a story about why it will never grow large enough to make a cross. Look up Dogwood legend. I think you will be very happy with anything you make out of it.

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 02:33 AM

It is very hard, one of the hardest native hardwoods. In the early days of the cotton textile mills, it was used for shuttle cocks on the looms because it could stand up to the wear and tear.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 08:08 AM

I just made a picture frame using dogwood about 2 weeks ago – it was something I kind of threw together so I didn’t use hand tools to test the hardness, but it did seem a bit tough on the planer.

Also, it has a really beautiful appearance – after some oil finish a shade between maple and cherry… or so.

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 09:30 AM

I have used flowering Dogwood to make selfbows/longbows. It is strong (medium density) .73-.75 SG. (specific gravity) similar to Hickory but non ring-porous. I have a beautiful flowering Dogwood on my property that would make a great bow (nice clean strait grain trunk) but I would never cut it down as it’s the only one we have on our property.

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 04:13 AM

I’ve turned a couple of pens from some spalted dogwood. Very tough stuff, but worth the effort. They were very well received

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 04:31 AM

They make great mallets, turned vases, umm it’s pretty wood, and as long as the wood is big enough, you can probably make it into whatever you want.

There was a blight within the past few years that really decimated the dogwood population, so iffen it’s healthy, you should probably leave it be. In some areas, they are just about wiped out.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 05:27 AM

Its great living in Atlanta,

Dogwoods EVERYWHERE!!!!!

I have a dead one in my yard im cutting down this week. Ive had some heavily spalted dogwood logs in the past….probably my favorite scavanged wood ever. I can wait to see what the inside of this one looks like….Im invisioning a small humidor and several bowls!


-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 02:42 PM

I’ve made a froe maul, chisel mallet, numerous chisel handles, splitting wedges, a stile engine, etc. from dogwood. Very stable, smooth grained wood, and takes a wax finish beautifully.


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#10 posted 09-14-2012 03:33 PM

I have done a number of turnings with dogwood. Ice cream scoop handles, pizza cutter handles, pens, wine stoppers. Its light color and hardness are great. Plus, people love dogwood trees and gravitate toward items make from it art art shows.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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