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Forum topic by lunn posted 09-30-2012 01:08 PM 1665 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lunn

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09-30-2012 01:08 PM

A few months ago a freind gave me about 100 bf of popular that was in his way. While we were talking he said he had Mulberry. We struck up a deal that if he firinshed the Mulberry for 2 i’d build him a pye safe. Yesterday morning he showed up with about 200bf of it !!! Air dried for 6 years 10’ long , 8 of the boards are at least 14” wide no knots or sap wood and he has more and it. All came from one tree. Never haveing worked with Mulberry Pro/Cons ? What to look for?

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!


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lwllms

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 01:27 PM

If it’s red mulberry and not paper mulberry, it’s a yellow color when first cut but quickly changes to a warm brown. It’s light and not particularly strong but it’s great to work with. Mulberry has a high resistance to decay and looks and awful lot like teak after its patina sets in. The grain pattern resembles ash.

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robert triplett

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 10:09 PM

I just got a nice Mulberry board from Ira(rustfever) in Modesto, CA. It is light yellow, but was light tan before he planed it. Never used it either. Hope i can keep the yellow color somehow.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 02:08 AM

I just posted a mulberry box that I’m watching to see if and how much the color changes (no change so far). I found it easy to work with (planer,jointer,router).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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lunn

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 10:24 AM

It’s all red. I also have a small piece another guy gave me over a year ago. Still the great orangeish brown has never changed colors (unfinished). Thats why i wanted more. Mulberry llumber is rare for me. Great box gfadvm.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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WDHLT15

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 11:49 AM

That is a great find for some lumber that you cannot easily find. I think that it is beautiful wood.

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

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 12:39 AM

Thanks lunn. I have some 12” diameter mulberry logs about 24” long as soon as I get motivated to saw some lumber. You can have some IF you come help saw!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 07:40 PM

You’ll find that the bark near the base of the tree/bush will be very very smooth, like what you see on the handrails at Six Flags. This is due to all the children going round and round it so early in the morning, dragging their hands across it as they go. The oils from their hands smooths it out after years and years of this behaviour. It should make a nice Pye Safe.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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