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Some questions about trees for lumber
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Butch    Posted 01-07-2004 at 06:04:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I need to build several small sheds and do some sidinh repair work on my barns. With lumber going ever skyward I have been looking into a small band mill. Problem is my woods is lacking in the hardwoods normaly used for beams and siding. My land all lays low and my woods is full of sycamores, cotton woods and walnut. Of course im not going to saw up walnut for barn siding and I have always heard that the sycamore and cottonwoods are worthless for lumber. Are they realy worthless for siding and or beams or just not as good as some others?

deadcarp    Posted 01-07-2004 at 07:47:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
don't know about those exact trees but any wood will last if it's kept dry and outa the sun (under paint). poplar isn't supposed to last but we made a log cabin outa green poplar, then put sealer on and it's still sound after 15 years.

poplar will last-    Posted 01-07-2004 at 07:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
As long as it is kept dry. It won't hold up for siding near the sills. Here we have several outbuildings that have white oak siding the first 3 - 4 courses then poplar the rest of the way.
Sycamore is not a stable wood in our parts, It cups, checks, and grain splits badly. Mike D.

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