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What to do with sweet gum
« on: February 26, 2021, 07:25:15 PM »
Iíve got a lot of sweet gum on my property, and was wondering if it was good for anything.

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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2021, 08:07:51 PM »
Burning 🔥 Let it dry for a few YEARS (at least 2) and then youíll be able to split it with a maul or an axe. Be warned, not as many BTUís as oak. I donít have a splitter, but a good one should do the job.

Also not good for walking around the yard barefoot! The little pods look like sea urchins.
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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2021, 09:03:11 PM »
Or you can sell it for $500 a slab.  Your choice.  Cut these today.


 
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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2021, 09:25:25 PM »
Or you can sell it for $500 a slab.  Your choice.  Cut these today.

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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2021, 12:34:49 AM »
From what I've been told, sweet gum is kinda plain and not very pretty fresh cut, but if you let it lay for a year or so and then mill it the colors can be quite pretty

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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2021, 09:21:35 AM »
Sweetgum has a nick name of "satin walnut" because it is pretty wood.  It doesn't dry straight, especially when flat sawn.  Your best bet is to saw it oversized or quarter saw it.  I used it for my son's bedroom trim, but I had to do a bunch of re-sawing and planing to make it usable, because I sawed 6/4 slabs that did not dry flat at all.
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Re: What to do with sweet gum
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2021, 09:41:11 PM »
My son and I made a picture frame for some of his soccer pictures today.  We used a piece of sweetgum that was hanging around the shop.  I think it will look very nice with some finish on it.
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