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Offline BigBurOak

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Black locust fence posts
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:45:40 pm »
Hello all,
I am getting ready to cut a heck of a lot of clear, straight, tall forest grown black locust ranging from 4"-12" in diameter and am wondering the best price to ask for a 8' fence post. I will be debarking and charring 3' of the ends. also are there any better things to use this wood for?

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 01:19:07 pm »
Top use for me is as a timber, if I can get a nice 6x6x8' or more out of it, it is a construction timber, next is fencepost, next is landscape timber, then firewood.
USFPL did some testing on charring, best I can remember they said it didn't do anything.

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 05:31:29 pm »
Thanks Don P,
also I forgot to mention that I am still undecided on whether to leave them round or to square them w/ my Broadaxe. I do not own a sawmill but would consider hauling them to someone who has.

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 09:14:44 pm »
It makes a great alternative to pressure treated lumber for outdoor construction projects. we used it for the corner posts and railings on a shade pavilion near our pond. Makes stron, rot resistant decking as well.
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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 05:33:04 am »
What is the going rate for black locust timber in your area?

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 09:05:18 am »
about 1.50 a foot is what I heard, Blue Noser.

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2017, 04:42:50 am »
If you want to debark, lay the fence posts out about 2 layers deep. Then drive over them with a tractor.  Back and forth, back and forth.  Do this the day you cut them.  If you let them set a day or two, the sap will turn to glue and make it hard to debark.  Once you drive over them you can pull the bark off in long strips.  Works very well on 3 to 6 or 7" posts.  The posts will be extremely slick until they dry.
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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2017, 04:46:48 pm »
The posts will be extremely slick until they dry.

I'll say! We made a shade/shelter pavilion near our pond and used some Black Locust for the posts. They were incredibly slick until they dried - slipperier than if someone had greased them.
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