It never happened to me as a woodworker but I'm sure I wounded
a few trees in my time as a hunter. Here's a question; Was this lead
shot, i.e. buck shot or steel? I thought lead would "work" as easily
as wood. I met a turner who had made a bowl that bore several lead 38
bullets- at least that what I thought they were based on their size.
He was able to turn and polish the bullets so they blended in very
nicely with the walnut.
I do not know the penetration of lead into wood but I would
think it is not too deep, and unless the tree was really old I wonder
what type of "wound chanel" you'd be presented with.
Anyway, deer really tastes better than tree but sometimes the
tree moves in front of the deer faster than the eye can see.
Was cross cutting a 2x8 with a radial arm when one of the blocks popped
open to reveal a 50 cal machine gun slug. Was awful glad I didn't hit it.
The lumber must have come off a military practice/firing range.
In nearly 30 years of teaching a high school woodshop, I would say it
was almost a yearly occurance.
I would use Pennsylvania grown hardwoods almost exclusively in the
program and could come across bullets and shot in almost any species.
They never caused any damage to the blades, although I'm sure a
jacketed bullet might.
I used to collect the boards as teaching aids, but after a while I had
so many in the box, I started giving them away to my woodworking
If it was lead shot deep in the wood it would have had to been there for
awhile, the lead shouldn't penetrate to far because of how soft it is. I'd
bet that 50 cal round had been in that tree for awhile, the do a lot of
damage to trees, so my guess would be it was a well healed wound/scar.
Never that I know of, but uh I have on several occasions cut through a
finish nail and it left a very shiny spot in the wood. No harm to any
blades so far and I have been doing this since the early 90's. :~)
We once used locally sawn sycamore for roof underlayment
on a sugar house. The boards were full of .22 slugs. It turns
out the tree which was in a pasture, had a "NO HUNTING" sign
on it, which in my home town was always a popular target.
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