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Forum topic by sawmillman posted 12-04-2014 06:47 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2014 06:47 PM

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I recently sawed a sweet gum log on my homemade bandmill that had an interesting look when I got to the heartwood. The log itself was about 30” in diameter and the boards shown are about 17” wide after edging. I think they look a little like cats. Someone said they thought they looked like the Grinch from Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. I don’t know what I will do with the boards. I am thinking about using them as panels facing one another in a two door cabinet of some sort. The knots in the face area of the “cats” appear to be tight but may loosen as the lumber dries. A woodworking friend suggested saturating the area with super glue before attempting to surface the boards. But that will be at least a year as I will be air drying the one inch boards.

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 06:56 PM

send them tome ;) My wife would love a gift of these cats great find

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 07:07 PM

I see you sawed a section of sweetgum.
Seriously, sensual and sexy certainly.

Send them my way,
Felines in my family are familiar fraternizing friends,

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 10:03 PM


How about something along the lines of a “Krenov” cabinet? That’s ideal for showcasing a single solid-wood bookmatch.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 11:29 PM

Great find.


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#5 posted 12-05-2014 12:33 AM

I’d love to see pictures with more of the heart wood if you’ve got them.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 12:58 AM


I didn’t take any pics of the rest of the boards. Believe it or not I was sawing this “junky” sweet gum to get some boards to refloor the hayloft in my dad’s barn (circa 1937) that my family is rehabbing. When I saw the figure in these boards I thought it would be a shame to nail them down in a barn. I have the remaining boards stacked on end in the barn where they will be used. I will try to get down there and get a few pics if they seem worthy. Thanks to all for the kind comments….....................Dan

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 02:05 AM

Sweetgum is so beauutiful with the figured red heartwood, but it is very difficult to dry straight and flat without warp because of the spiral grain.

Hopefully, yours will behave.

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

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