I have access to several large oaks and some of the limbs are large,
about 12 (or more)inches in diameter. The trunks are rotted out so
they will be used as firewood. Anyway, my question relates to the
limbs; Is there any difference in using limb wood for projects such as
railings, table legs, posts, etc.?
I would think that it there will be no difference compared to using a
12 inch trunk. Any comments?
Thanks in advance,
You lose. Take a look at the position of the heart in a limb, notice how
the rings are tight on one side, loose on the other. Two entirely different
kinds of wood in working properties.
Has some really good stuff about the nature of wood that can help you.
On a limb, the underside will be in compression and the top-side will be in
tension. When you mill - you will be releasing those forces and most likely
will bow. If you have a lathe, cut some and use it for turnings.
I think I'll make all of the trees firewood and try for some straight
sections of trunks when i get more trees. I never gave the
compression/tension relationship any thought.
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