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Forum topic by woodnewbee posted 04-20-2012 02:40 AM 896 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2012 02:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: basswood question milling

I have access to a large Linden log and wonder what dimension to mill it to for the greatest advantage and to market it. Would be bass wood if I am not mistaken. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 04:20 AM

It all depends on who you’re trying to market it to. The most useful size I’d say would be 1” thick. I guess it all depends on the dimensions of the log and how you plan on milling it.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 07:17 PM

Basswood and Butternut are among the best carving woods. Bass is not forgiving in its processing. I get very white wood when tree is harvested after Dec 15, Cut and stacked by the middle of february. If the tree was just cut you should try to get it cut very soon. If you are able to process as above it should be very good for carving—no stains, yellowing and all wood is firm. A good sawyer will try to box out the pith and first few years growth (Middle 3-4”) and give you all 8/4 and up. Keep the slabs, large knot cuts and thicker butt cuts at home peel them, paint the ends with Anchorseal – 2 coats. Sealing should be done as soon a the log is cut. Reseal after you get it home and stacked.l

If you weren’t so lucky to process in the winter. Cut 4/4 or 5/4 and resaw to make projects which may be painted (carved too if not too doty). This wood will start rotting before you can get it home when it is full of sap. You get lots of black and blue fungi. Doty is when the wood is whiter than the surrounding wood-can’t be cut cleanly with even the sharpest gouge. With all the handling and processing stuff—this will not be a money saver. But great fun!! Good luck. s

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