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Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:10:19 AM »
Anybody ever mill a Kentucky Coffee Tree?   If so, what is the wood good for?   Is it hard wood, or is it a soft wood?   How does it react when milling?   I have a customer that has a number of them on his property and wants to know what they may be good for.
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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 06:29:24 AM »
I've milled some.  Its a hardwood.  Grain is open pored and similar to red oak.  I sold about 500 board foot at a auction one time...the auctioneer and buyers thought it was red oak.  To me it is a bit too gaudy.

Shake was a lot more prevalent than other woods.  A lot of it ends up as pallets.

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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 07:31:25 AM »
 



We've sawn some from time to time.  Nice sawing wood.  Medium hard.  It's figured and feels like ash but has a coffee color like a light walnut. 

We sawed some for a guy that panned to make coffins for himself and his brother.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 07:39:41 AM »
I use it for flooring trim, furniture and gun stocks , one of my favorite woods.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 08:16:47 AM »
Nice looking stuff, Bib!
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 08:23:42 AM »


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We've sawn some from time to time.  Nice sawing wood.  Medium hard.  It's figured and feels like ash but has a coffee color like a light walnut. 

We sawed some for a guy that panned to make coffins for himself and his brother.

now that really is selling to the end user. pc
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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 08:39:45 AM »
I've sawn it. But every log has had shake.

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010, 08:48:55 AM »
You can use it for making coffee tables.
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2010, 10:16:22 AM »
Bibby that is either really neat or really creepy, I'll have to think on it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2010, 11:37:30 AM »
Bibby that is either really neat or really creepy, I'll have to think on it.

I'd say it's planning all the way to the end!

Its said that Daniel Boone made his own coffin years ahead of time.  He stored it in the attic and its rumored hed sometimes to lie in it to check it for fit.
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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2010, 12:46:13 PM »

Its said that Denial Boone made his own coffin years ahead of time.  He stored it in the attic and its rumored hed sometimes to lie in it to check it for fit.

That don't sound like "Denial" to me! :D :D
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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2010, 01:22:26 PM »
We have milled it and sold it. Shake can indeed be a problem. Around here, to get the good stuff, you have to get logs that grow up around red oak type timbers. We once sold about 4000 ft to a guy doing all the trim and floors in an old farmhouse he was redoing. I believe it is a member of the locust family, so be aware that digging out when you plane it can be a problem,especially if you have a straight knife planer. To me its like red oak but more red in color and more exaggerated grain.

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2010, 04:45:35 PM »
I live in flat farm county that can get crazy winds but Ive yet to cut a coffee bean that had wind shake. Now cottonwood that has wind shake in my country.  :D
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Re: Milling Kentucky Coffe Tree
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2010, 01:13:30 AM »
I have some drying in the stacks right now. Harder than Oak. Heartwood is pinkish with alot of color variation. one of the easiest woods to dry, imho. not much shrinkage, very little defect. I quarter saw most of it...even though there are no rays, boards tend to look cleaner and the grain tighter and it also tends to show more color variation. can be used in any application where you would use oak. it machines well as long your tools are sharp. The last coffee bean log I cut, a neighbor (older, retired fellow) from down the road stopped to watch and afterwards had to admit that it was the best lookin oak he'd ever seen. :D
   
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2010, 05:37:16 AM »
I believe that shake has to do more with a bacteria than it does wind.  I'm not sure where I read that. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2010, 11:35:18 AM »
I believe that shake has to do more with a bacteria than it does wind.  I'm not sure where I read that. 

You are right Ron. (again.. :)  )

But calling it wind shake, has stuck as a name for a long, long time. But nothing to do with the wind.
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2010, 04:03:40 PM »
i know this is highjacking but i didnt know that ''shake'' in a tree wasnt caused by the wind. is this really true? pc
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