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Wood ID and bench project

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jacobk, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. jacobk

    jacobk Member

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    Need help identifying this tree. Not sure what it is. It blew over in a storm last week. Sorry no pictures of the leaves but had smaller oval shaped leaves with groups of small berries/nuts. hauled the main trunk home in a 10 foot piece to make a bench for around the fire pit. After cutting in half found out the ants had made a nice home in the end so its down to about 7 feet now.

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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Maple....maybe Sugar?

    EDIT: Oops, didn't see about the berries/nuts and oval leaves... back to the drawing board. :rolleyes:
  3. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    I don't think maple, but lets see, cause I don't know.... If I was gonna take a wild guess, I would say elm because I never saw elm before and I never saw this before, so.......
  4. jacobk

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    The leaves where smaller and kind of saw-toothed. The nuts/berries where round without the wing part like a maple
  5. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    I love how you splt that in half just like you were processing a steer, the dark insides that follow the tree should give the answer that we are all looking for from some one that really knows.....
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  6. jacobk

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    I think it will turn out really nice after sanding and finishing. The heartwood on the rounds was a dark purple almost black when fresh cut. After sitting 2 days it is a lot lighter and has cracks going all the way across some of the rounds.
  7. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Hackberry !
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  8. jacobk

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    Big Donnie I think you may have it. After looking at some pictures the leaves and berries look right. Has anyone burned hackberry. Is it a good wood for cold months or better for fall/spring.
  9. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    I haven't burned any yet, although there's a good bit of it in the woods here. Those who have say it burns well and puts out medium heat. I used a lot of medium-heat wood during the day last winter, and mixed in a few splits of some longer-burning stuff for overnight burns.
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    My hackberry was troublesome to split. Mine was so stringy that every piece had to be pulled apart (when green). But, it cured very quickly (6-12 months). I had to burn it last winter at the end before it was really ready, but I'd rank it near cherry for heat and burn time. Easy to start a dry piece, though. I had to wait over a year to split the last round from the bottom of the tree. Had to be 2.5-3' across, and it stalled out a 27 ton splitter right after it was cut.

    I've got two cords of it ready to go this season. It's very light and a whole lot easier to split when it's dry. Some of the low rounds had a really neat looking spalting, but my gifts lie in destruction, and not construction.
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    It's a "medium" wood. About like silver maple or maybe even as good as cherry. That is indeed hackberry in the pictures.
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  12. Paulywalnut

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    Hackberry burns like cherry. Doesn't have the aroma of cherry though.
  13. ScotO

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    I agree, looks like hackberry to me too. That'll be a really cool bench! Whatcha gonna use for legs?

    Oh, and now that we're on the hook, you GOTTA post pictures of the bench when it's done....thems the rules....
  14. smokinj

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    Looks like pignut to me.
  15. ScotO

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    The more I look at it, I don't see any warts on the bark like Hackberry should have.....I'm thinking you may be right, SmokinJ!

    Jacob, any chance we could see a cluster of leaves and those nuts/berries that were on this tree?
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    I was thinking along the lines of a Hickory too when I read the little description and saw the grain when I read this the other day, but so many seemed to think it was Hackberry so I thought I'd see where this thread led. We shall see if we get some more clues....
  17. jacobk

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    Sorry no pictures of the branches available. They have all been burned by the homeowner where the tree came from. If it helps any nuts/berries where clustered together. I split some by hand on friday and it was not too bad for the most part. I will make sure to post pictures of the progress of the bench.
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    +1
    My thought too.
    Fairly wide white wood with a dark colored core.
  19. jacobk

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    log bench poly coatg.jpg log bench sanded.jpg log bench stain.jpg log bench stain2.jpg log bench complete.jpg
    Update of the bench project. Got it done a couple weeks ago just to busy to post.
  20. Applesister

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    Its nice that the tree in its own way, regardless of species, persuaded you to make something of it that has a longer lifespan than firewood. It inspired you.
  21. Woody Stover

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    I don't know what it is but I don't think it's Pignut.

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