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mreagleeyes

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06-06-2009 04:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: magnolia magnoliaceae bench outdoor

Hi all, my first post but always on here checking your great projects and ideas out. I live in London and some tree surgeons that I use a lot have told me that they are about to cut down a Large Magnolia tree.
My plan is to use create a large Pebble shaped out door relaxing bench.
It will be approximately 2000 mm long and roughly 800mm x 800mm.
Has anyone used Magnolia in an outdoor situation?. I’ve searched high and low and have come up blank.
Many thanks in advance.
Patrick


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#1 posted 06-07-2009 08:08 AM

Is it a tree that the bark falls off of? If it is, we have a lot of it here in Western Washington. It is very hard to dry and turn into lumber, it checks very badly.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 11:56 AM

Herbiej posted a magnolia cutting board here a few days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/17531

it looks very nice so I would take some if they offered it

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 01:56 PM

Thanks guys, just checked out ‘Herbiej’ chopping board, looks great. The only info I have on the tree is that it died a couple of years ago and has dried very evenly. The tree surgeons said that it’s in great state and I can have the whole thing if I wanted. Not sure were I would store it all.

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 02:08 AM

At that rate, I’d go get a bunch of it and see how it works :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 07:25 PM

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 07:34 PM

I saw the pictures and it looks like a nice big piece of wood. Are you planning to have it professionally sawn or are you going to chain saw the boards?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 08:56 PM

The grounds that the tree came from have asked that I work with them in coming up with a large solid bench design to allow two-three people to sit and relax.
I’m working to the measurments of roughly 500mm x 500mm x 1500mm, so it’s going to weigh a lot.

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