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PhillipRCW

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12-14-2014 09:21 PM

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Picked up what was I thought was cottonwood slabs. A few of them have the fuzzy finish when trying to sand, but very few. And they look different than these slabs. I have probably 40+ slabs of this material and they finish easy and beautifully. All spalted and a lot of coloring throughout it. I just wish I knew what it was. Not like any other cottonwood I’ve seen.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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#1 posted 12-14-2014 09:42 PM

Definatly no good at all. I’ll be pleased to get rid of it for you and it won’t cost you a dime!

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 09:51 PM

Haha, I have 40+ slabs right now. I have plenty to share if you’re in Oklahoma. I also have about 9,000 lbs more to go. We cut into some of the giant logs I have uncut right now and a couple of them look to be this same material. The stuff I know for sure is cottonwood looks great too. I think I can get it finished pretty well with a little work and patience, but whatever the other stuff is finished great with about 20 minutes of sanding. I think I’ll just spend a weekend with the palm sander getting these all prettied up.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 10:22 PM

OMG! If you save me some until after the Eagle beshats itself in January, (Second Wednesday, I would love to have some without voids I could cut into slices for guitar faces, this will be bookmatching. You will be my BFF and I will even give you a heartfelt thankyou.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 10:25 PM

I have tons. Are you in Oklahoma?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 10:58 PM

Looks like cottonwood to me.

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 11:05 PM

I’m no where NEAR enough to get some of that, but that is some BEAUTIFUL wood!

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#7 posted 12-14-2014 11:15 PM

I have sawed some cottonwood that looks a lot like yours (crotch figure like the first pic) but most of mine has less color than yours. It is a very close relative of poplar (which can have a LOT of color variation) so yours may well be all cottonwood. The bark is very distinctive to me.

I’m in Jenks so we’re almost neighbors. (~ 100 miles)

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#8 posted 12-14-2014 11:27 PM

The bark was different too. Not terribly though. Either way it’s not turning out bad for 10,000 of free wood.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#9 posted 12-14-2014 11:39 PM

Nope, I’m in Central TX but I can get a friend in Mounds or in Langley to pick it up and send it to me.

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 12:45 AM

Dallas, You have friends in Mounds? Just South of me.

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 03:39 AM

Looks like cottonwood or soft maple. Does it have the distinct nasty cottonwood smell when cutting it?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#12 posted 12-15-2014 03:43 AM

Phillip, that is some beautiful wood! By the way, how were the storms earlier tonight? Wife and I sat on the porch with beers in typical Okie style and watched some wall clouds go by!

Edit to add: Allen didn’t know cottonwood smelled. Is it anything like Elm? I’ve grabbed some free elm after storms and noticed it certainly had an odor but never thought of it as unpleasant, just different.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#13 posted 12-15-2014 03:50 AM

Yeah, it has a nasty smell to it which makes me still think cottonwood. Just doesn’t look like cottonwood I’ve seen before. No fuzziness at all while sanding it either. I got it smooth as granite in a few short minutes.

Storms were alright. Passed up to the west and then the south. We enjoyed the Thunder stomping the Suns so I wasn’t worried about the storm outside.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#14 posted 12-15-2014 04:19 AM

Thunder getting the win is always a good thing! Have fun with all that wood, can’t say I’m not jealous!!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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