Is Magnolia good to work with?

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Forum topic by Pendragon1998 posted 03-07-2014 07:02 PM 468 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2014 07:02 PM

My grandmother has lived in her home for decades. For my entire life, I have enjoyed (and climbed) a huge Magnolia in her yard. We are sort of friends, this tree and I. This winter, it appears that the noble tree has lost its battle with the elements and she may have it cut in spring. I was considering asking her to have the tree men leave a section of trunk in her garage for me to pick up. I would enjoy having something made of that tree to remember her by when she is gone. Is this worth doing, in terms of the quality of Magnolia lumber?

I am not sure how to get it sawn or transported (she is in NC and I am currently in MS).

-- "I am always doing what I can't do yet in order to learn how to do it." - Van Gogh, September, 1885

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 12:04 AM

As I understand it, Magnolia is generally quite nice.

There’s plenty of people who own and operate bandmill sawmills in North Carolina. You should be able to set it up to have the log/logs milled into lumber which would be much easier to transport than logs.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 12:47 AM

I asked a similar question elsewhere yesterday but am interested in turning a piece

A friend posted this link

so it seems is ok for bowls

-- Nick [aka Sawdust Maker, Sydney, Aus]

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 02:30 AM

Wood is very similar to yellow poplar. In fact, yellow poplar is in the magnolia family.

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

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