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anybody cut (chinese tallow tree) popcorn trees??
« on: September 14, 2006, 12:53:03 AM »
don't know the actual name of this tree but in the south this is the name most people know them by. i got some in the edge of the woods that are fairly straight as far as popcorn trees go. i need 40" long boards for my walkway but didn't know the strength of this species i was thinking 1.5" thick. does it dry o.k. or curl like a pretzel?

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Re: anybody cut popcorn trees??
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2006, 05:43:29 AM »
Tallowtree, Sapium sebifera.

http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=410

Never cut the stuff, so I can't help you with your question.
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Re: anybody cut popcorn trees??
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006, 12:04:28 PM »
Not much strength to the wood, kinda brashy, doesn't even make good fire wood, and we burn DanG near everything in Texas.
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Re: anybody cut (chinese tallow tree) popcorn trees??
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2006, 10:32:28 AM »
I saw some bowls turned from it a while back.  They were pretty.  I think it would make really nice panelling or wainscoting, too.  I have one big ol' Tallow log that I haven't sawed yet.  The powder post beetles love the stuff. :-\
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Re: anybody cut (chinese tallow tree) popcorn trees??
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2006, 01:07:48 AM »
if it be the same ting as china berry, i think brashy is t he right word, assuming that means brittle. dries pretty good, but tends to split along the growth rings as do a lot of afast growing trees. Pretty wood, in the same family as mahogony. LeeB
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Re: anybody cut (chinese tallow tree) popcorn trees??
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2006, 08:54:31 AM »
All that is true about Chinaberry, Lee, but they ain't the same tree. ;)
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