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Author Topic: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?  (Read 10416 times)

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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2012, 08:56:15 PM »
I use the small chunks to make felling wedges. Better'n plastic..
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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2012, 05:10:39 AM »
I like to find the biggest logs in the tri-county area (to big for my mill) and pay to have a guy slab it with a Lucas 


Then haul em home



And air stack em



I have a couple more years before I get to do anything with em. I guess that'll give me time to decide the best usage. Lifetime one of a kind picnic tables? Dining tables? Unique signs? Who knows.

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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2012, 06:44:22 AM »
What I sawed pith cracked real bad.
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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2012, 01:25:51 AM »
Wood workers love it because of the color, bow makers love it because it is reputed to be the best bow wood in north America.  Lots of it was planted to make future fence post because of the rot resistance,  The heart wood's too hard for the bugs to eat. Good for 60 to 80 years in the ground.  Bowl turners love it because it has a holographic tendency with a high finish.  Where white oak has a Janka harness of 1100+ and walnut just a little less than that, Osage is 2000, locust is 1700 and ebony is 3100.  It's hard.  It is suitable for guitar fret boards when quarter sawn.  It is a wonderful tone wood.  Might want to stain it with iron, tea and vinegar to blacken it. It's a pretty good wood for turning but does tend to tear out a little but can be stabilized with super glue.

Try to cut the pith out when you saw and add lots of weight when stickered.
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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2012, 02:31:09 AM »
I know a bowmaker that uses hedgeapple, but does not want the trunkwood. He will climb a tree to get a particularly shaped live branch. he rives the needed stock from the top side of the curve (tension wood) and makes his bows from that.
   around here you will find occasional field rows of hedgeapple along property lines. years ago, it was common to take piles of the overripe fruit and mash it into a slurry. they would pour the slurry into a shallow trench along the propety line and in about 6-7 years have a hedge so dense a dog couldn't get through it. and the more deer browse they had, the thicker they grew.
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Re: What can I do with Osage Orange (Hedge) wood?
« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2012, 03:35:28 PM »
  Hedge is common here in Kansas, my buddy wanted me to saw some for beams for a porch on his cabin, he cut a whole pile of too big for posts hedge, and we sawed for a few days with my MP 32.  Had to readjust the mill in the middle, as it worked ok at first, then didn't want to cut the stuff.  After readjusting the mill, found to slow down the feed really helps get through the stuff.  Hardest wood probably in America.  We didn't have any perfect beams, but he used them anyway.  For posts he used hedge and a curve bottom planer, and sort of planed all the bark and sapwood away, gives a cool kindof hued appearance.
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