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have some mulberry for free

Hi, I hate my first post to be maybe non-standard, but I have felled three small (15 yr old) mulberry trees. I kept back a couple small logs maybe 8" diameter by 4'. they are somewhat straight. I am in Rowlett Tx. NE of Dallas. I also have two more to fell and if anyone wants to look at these and tell me which way they want logs cut off them in the next couple of days I can do that. I will be making plane soles out of some of it. Apparently mulberry is in the beau'darc family with a creamy yellow wood. It smells fantastic, very fruity smell. Been a pleasure to work with so far.

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Beautiful wood, yes it is a kin to osage orange...maybe a little soft for plane soles though, it's not nearly as hard as osage. But it is just as rot resistant and like I said very pretty. Makes nice turnings also. Welcome to the forum Bill.
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..maybe a little soft for plane soles though, it's not nearly as hard as osage.
Just looked it up on the Janka hardness scale, it's about 1250 (roughly the same as red oak) Osage is nearly 2X that.
Having said that I have several old planes, mostly big jointers, that are made of solid beech and it is only 1300 on the scale. And they have held up just fine for a LONG time. So don't let me talk you out of using it. It does turn a burnt orange/red when it ages so if you are looking for that striking yellow it will go away Just FYI.
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i've learned something already!

I'll look up that Janka scale, never heard of it. I'd read somewhere that it had ben used for plane soles. I've made a couple other Krenov style planes and just had it in my head that when it was time for these to go, that I'd like to do more than just burn the stuff. I'm not a turner but had heard that it might be useful for that. Thanks for your help Daren, I'm glad I found this place.

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