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Cottonwood?
« on: April 04, 2004, 09:10:52 AM »
I have some cottonwood, my question is, would it be good enough for 4x and 2x lumber to build a mill shed out of?

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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2004, 09:37:15 AM »
Definitely,
Use it green nail it together , keep it DRY and it will last 200 years....
use straight knot free logs as well , it will lay straighter....strong, light and cheap
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2004, 11:56:50 AM »
How thick is the bark on that cottonwood?  I've seen a book on carving cottonwood bark. None around hear that I know of.
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2004, 06:24:57 PM »
I live in tobacco country near Weston Missouri where it is hung and cured in very large barns.  All of the old ones are made of cottonwood.  Some are 30' tall, 60' wide and 100' long.  Some of them are 100 years old.

As Don said keep cottonwood dry and donít let it touch the ground and it will last forever.

Keep your nose plugged up if you saw it because it stinks.
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2004, 08:08:46 PM »
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2004, 03:18:36 PM »
WOW...I had no idea....guess Ill start looking at cotten wood a whole lot differant. ;D

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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2004, 04:46:08 PM »
I have been using cottonwood as decking on my 16 foot trailer...I can get about two years out of it before I have to change it.
The up side is that with the cottonwood I take a couple hundered lbs off the weight of the trailer.
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2004, 08:52:43 PM »
Thanks guys, I appreciate the input.

I have a cousin who traps in the winter, coon, fox, otter, beaver and coyote.  He is needing boards to streach his hides on for the comming year.  He was told that cottonwood makes good boards to use, does anyone out there know?

They have to be cut ten inches wide by one-half inch thick.

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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2004, 09:00:55 PM »
I don't know about Cottonwood for streatching  hides, but I have some Old Growth Vertical Grained Douglas Fir that some long ago trappers used for Beaver and yutes. 8)  I have just kept them for nostalgia more than anything.   :-/
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Re: Cottonwood?
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2004, 08:50:36 PM »
We have what is called Black Cottonwood up here in Alaska. Many trees are 24 to 30 in. at the butt, most are straight and very tall. I've sawed some up and it seems to make good lumber, especially siding. I've also heard that it makes good horse corrals as the cottonwood doesn't bother the horses when they chew the boards. This "cottonwood" is also known as Balsam Poplar.        

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2004, 10:10:39 PM »
Replaced a roof one time that the shingles were 12 years and nailed to a green cottonwood deck (at the time).  When I reroofed his house he wanted the shed reroofed too.  That green cottonwood had done shrunk around shanks on them roofing tacks, and we dang near couldn't get them out.  Lots of em we popped the heads off the tacks.  I've reroofed old old houses that had pine, oak or other assorted deck boards.  None of em was as bad as pulling them nails outta that cottonwood!!! ???
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