Wood - heavy, fairly hard, fine-grained, not strong, light, tough, resilient. So I’m looking for some opinions on this…will even be a suitable option. The heartwood is also known as hazelwood in the trade, and the sapwood is sap-gum. maple but without the white wood. This is why they make good lathe boards (that shingles or tin are nailed to) since they won't easily let go of a nail, and won’t split if nailed close to its edge. There was only one hiccup in the operation. The wood is also easily painted. Touch the sap with the tip of the knife. The sawyer brought his protable WoodMizer to the house and cut in on the spot. I'll use these Sweet Gum … Here's what my wood tech book has to say about sweet gum. For that reason, only the limbs small enough to cut to length for use in your fireplace are worthwhile. Interestingly, sweetgum in one form or another has been used for a large variety of applications. Discard the bark. The area should contain hardened sap, or resin. My plan is to have 6”x 6”x 3/4” tiles for the entire house. Closely look at the area of the sweet gum where you removed the bark. It weighs about 37lb per cubic foot. In England it is known as hazel pine. Do not cut the wood beneath the bark. The tree was in decline, so we bit the bullet and had it cut down. Black walnut is a beautiful, fine-grained wood that smells almost as good as it looks when worked. American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), also known as American storax, hazel pine, bilsted, redgum, satin-walnut, star-leaved I sawed a few 1 x 10 x 8 inch Sweet Gum boards today. Step 2: Return to the tree after three to five days. You cannot split sweetgum with the usual maul or wedge and hammer. This one surprised me! I had the arborist save a 8+ long section on the bottom. Make sure the slice is no more than a couple inches long and an inch or so wide. The wood takes a high polish and can be stained then used as a cherry, mahogany or walnut substitute. Sweet gum wood is not good fire wood. Red gum can appear to look like cherry but without the luster. Thanks for watching! I plan to build another shed to hold Custom Cut Lumber until the customer can pick it up. I just had a sweet gum log cut up into lumber from a tree in my yard. The wood is fine-grained, moderately hard and fairly strong; the heart wood is known as red gum and hazelwood, is variously coloured red and brown, the sapwood is paler. Old-growth red gum was prized and used … The sapwood takes dark stain well. From incisions made in the tree a gum exudes which is resinous (storax) and adhesive, and somewhat like white turpentine in appearance, which finally hardens. Hello I’m trying to decide on wood for endgrain wood flooring and sweet gum is plentiful on my property and I personally think it is beautiful wood. I built a shed last year and was very impressed with how it has held up in our mild S.C. weather. It's 40 years old, so it may be outdated. 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