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Has anyone out here used Crepe Myrtle lumber? It is quite abundant around here in Georgia and quite often large diameter 5" - 6" diameter limbs are simply laying along roadsides. It is terribly hard and I am thinking of milling some into 2" x 2" boards to use in my hobby of making abaci. Any help is appreciated.

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No Otis, I just trimmed mine 2 weeks ago but since we are in Georgia, Have you milled any Pecan wood? How did it come out and how is it to work with?

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Jim, thanks for your reply. Personally, I've not worked with Pecan lumber, but it is often available from local sawmills. Many hardwood lumber vendors make no separation between Pecan and other forms of Hickory, of which Walnut is also in the same family of trees. My wife's dad built a huge house in Roswell, GA. He owned and managed a furniture business (Roswell Seating Company - which made church furniture) for over 55 years. There's a "great room" in that house that is completely encased in Pecan Raised Panel Walls - up to a 24 foot ceiling height. The wood is beautiful. He also built his own kitchen and laundry room cabinets with Pecan. I hope to one day have a project that requires it. It is a quite heavy lumber, but most people who have worked with it speak very highly of it.

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I have used Pecan and Cypress (Cypress can be very beautiful ) and plentifol here in southern Louisiana.... Crepe Myrtle I have never seen used But maybe it would work.. I have seen some Crepe's 20' tall and taller with at least 6" trunks

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Warren, Thanks for your reply as well. That's exactly what I've been thinking about Crepe Myrtles - potential lumber with [possibly] desirable characteristics. In preliminary testing, it appears to me to be harder than any other wood I've worked with. I'm looking for something unique with a dark natural coloration and the tougher the better. As far as Cypress - I've done quite a bit of work with it and I love it! Cypress has some distinct advantages over many other species for outdoor projects. I have; however, noticed some variation between individual boards regarding their outdoor toughness! It is a dream for milling, but for some projects a bit heavy for some applications. Thanks again!

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Haven't tried that, but did harvest some manzanita when I lived in CA. It was growing on some property I owned in the Sierra foothills.
It was quite hard and very dense with a reddish color. I turned a lot of stuff out of it. It was only about 6" in diameter, so I never tried to cut it into boards.
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Jack, my good friend Robert Applegate lives in El Cajon in Southern California and has those growing on his property. I've always wondered if they were similar woods - both of them are quite drought tolerant and bark is almost non-existant, but it would be difficult to take a stick home on a commercial flight. Is the manzanita also dark on the inside?

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Yes, its dark thru and thru. You can get about a 2' piece in carry on, or just check it.
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If You use Cypress look for a product called TWP it is a stain type finish and I have used it on some swings,tables and chairs and it compliments the cypress beautifully and does a great job so far in helping keep the color in the wood

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Cool Warren, I will keep that in mind. Thus far I have not applied a finish to anything I built using Cypress - I've always let the items remain "natural".
Thanks Bill for your idea about short lengths - I may be able to employ that technique.

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