Sweet Gum Logs


I have a large quantity of sweet gum logs (8-24" in diameter) that were cut on my property and have been stacked for about 6 months.
Question: 1) What coments do you have about having them cut into rough lumber? I know a sawyer down the road a piece who would do the cutting at a fair price if I can get them there. 2) What comments can I solicit on drying the rough cut lumber? 3) What can I expect to use the rough lumber for? Is it good for furniture?
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Sorry, but I posted the questons before I searches the archives.
It seems there's more info on Sweet Gum logs in the archives than I need already.
I'lll look first, post later the next time.
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tlc... wrote:

lumber as penance. Joe
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I had log sections of sweet gum that I was going to turn. I lert them standing on end and covered for over a year. When I cut the top 2 inches off to see what it looked like, I saw the most beautiful spalting that I had ever seen. The wood was a blah white, but the spalting ran in the black, grey, and brown spectrum. The wood felt almost as light as balsa. I may end up getting it stabilized (poly impregnated) but for now it is drying. It would look spectacular as panels in a walnut frame. Without the spalting, it makes a good secondary wood. robo hippy
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tlc... wrote:

Sweetgum typically has very think light-colored bland sapwood with i nterlocking grain. But the heartwood resembles black walnut. The transition from sapwood to heartwood is quite sudden and the two often separate along that boundary as the wood dries.
Those thick logs should have some good heartwood.
Turners will work with almost anything, not too many other people will get excited about sweetgum sapwood.
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