I just made a bed out of Honey Locust and it is a great wood to work
with, very strong and it works and finishes nicely. I also got some
Black Locust mixed in and it appears to be similar.
The biggest thing to be aware of (based on my experience) is that the
color isn't very consistent even among wood in the same log. Also, the
neither the Honey or Black accepted stain well. I did manage a
consistent tint with dye though.
If you want to see some EXTREME coloring, try a bit of lye/water mixture
on the board. The colors came out between a cherry red, black, and
One our local wood experts was very high on black locust. It is quite
strong and still light. It should be valuable for construction if
pieces were large enough. I have used it on a few small projects and
found that it was esy to work with and finished well.
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