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turkey oak

Postby pedder63 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:14 pm

I have been offered what looks to be a nice size wind-blown turkey oak, just up the road from me. It is around 22" diameter, with a 12' long clean section. I have heard it can be problematic as it dries. Has anyone here any experience of using it in furniture? I am thinking of cleaving it for uprights for exterior benches. Many thanks, Peter
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Re: turkey oak

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:34 pm

I have always been told to steer clear as it splits and warps. No sawmill will take it. I have no direct experience of it myself.
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Re: turkey oak

Postby Paul Thornton 2sheds » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:47 pm

it is nowhere near as durable as English oak or ash or many other woods.
an odd timber. I have never worked it for craft but have worked in it as a tree surgeon - it was unreliable stuff to cut.
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