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post #1 of 6 Old 07-13-2019, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cottonwood uses ?

I was give 2 boards more like slabs of cottonwood that are 2" thick 8 feet long and 10" wide. Aside from it being a soft wood (so I was told) I know nothing about it, read that it doesn't take stain well but can have crazy patterns. Anyone ever worked with it aside from firewood

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-13-2019, 09:12 PM
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I was give 2 boards more like slabs of cottonwood that are 2" thick 8 feet long and 10" wide. Aside from it being a soft wood (so I was told) I know nothing about it, read that it doesn't take stain well but can have crazy patterns. Anyone ever worked with it aside from firewood
You could use it for most anything but most of it is pretty bland like poplar. The real question is, how long has it been since the wood was cut from a tree. It may take a couple of years before the wood is dry enough to work. Then if it's fresh it might contain insects that might get into your shop or house and start munching. This is one of the benefits of using kiln dried wood. The heat from the kiln kills any insect infestation that might be there. Cottonwood is one of the woods prone to go blotchy so it would be a good idea to use a wood conditioner when using a stain.
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excellent thanks its been on my shelf drying for about 4 months now so maybe next year it will be ready

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The boards would better if you put sticks of wood between them where air could get to both sides. It might cause it to warp but they would also dry faster standing on end.
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Sorry forgot to add I did seal the ends with watered down white paint on the ends and stickers between the surface the first board, and between both boards.

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It just needs time now. If you are going to work with green wood you might purchase a moisture content meter so you can monitor it.
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