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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 07-26-2014 01:28 AM 436 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2014 01:28 AM

My girlfriends parents are cutting down a magnolia tree and offered me the wood. I planned on taking it to the sawmill on the other side of town and aging it… that is if its worth my time and money. Anyone ever worked with magnolia? Easy to plane, stain, work exc.?

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 03:25 AM

Very similar to yellow poplar. Has just a bit more “grain” than yellow poplar. Yellow poplar is in the Magnolia family. You should get some nice wood out of it that has similar color (except for the heartwood) and woodworking characteristics as yellow poplar.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 03:26 AM

In my opinion : Magnolia is easy enough to work, As long as it’s dry it’s pretty stable and it cuts easily. It looks a lot like poplar, but it’s heavier. To my mind it doesn’t really have a distinctive or especially interesting grain, but others may disagree.

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