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The power company has informed me that it will be cutting down a small hackberry tree on my property and I have requested that they leave me anything over 4" in diameter. I have a 1 3/4 hp band saw that is supposed to be quite good at resawing along with a 3/4" 3 TPI blade. I have mostly worked with pine, cherry, and red oak. I have never worked with hackberry and have heard or seen little of it being worked. Does anyone have any experience with it or suggestions?
 

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Great good to know. My mom spoke of a man calling it "iron wood" but I guess she was mistaken. I have some experience resawing rough cut lumber, mostly cherry but haven't done any raw wood. I have seem people painting the ends but dont know much else. Is there anything in particular I need to know... like preventing it from going grey?
 

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Yep! paint or wax the ends--it'll check.
"Round here it's a "weed", nobody likes it--most common saying is something like: "a tree looking to die and fall on a fence"
It also has a tendency to have large grubs in the logs--especially if you leave'em outside, and will rot fairly quickly when left on the ground.
I do like to turn it though.
 

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I have Hackberry and Pecan trees. The hackberries when I cut them down are about 8" diameter and spalted. When I use the wood I have to Vacuum Stabilize it because it is punky (soft) in places. Pens, Bottle Stoppers, small items.

Ray
 

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I sawed one of two hackberry logs last spring that I got from a blowdown at the edge of my yard. I was looking out the shop door during a thunderstorm and watched the thing fall. Luckily it fell away from the fence.

It sawed very easily and the wood was white, white. I laid the second log in a shady area and will wait for it to spalt. I haven't checked on the sawn lumber since I stickered it so I don't know how much it has grayed. It's in an air-dry stack as I didn't think it was worth the trouble to put it in the kiln. Perhaps I can use it as secondary wood on a furniture project.
 
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