What of catalpa wood?

Discussion in 'Building plans, blueprints, and finished projects' started by LtlWilli, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. LtlWilli

    LtlWilli New Member

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    I went to buy cedar for my super building, but the guy was out. He had some 2" planks of catalpa on his trailor, and began expounding on the qualities of it.----Rotless and termite proof, and gets harder with age.
    Anyone had experience with it? :confused:
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Never used it for the wood value, matter of fact never even saw any lumber of it.

    The trees are not real plentiful around here, but I do know where several are located.

    They have nice big juicey green worms on them in the spring to go fishing with.

    G3
     

  3. Little Man

    Little Man New Member

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    I never heard of it, but you might want to make sure that it doesn't shrink as it ages.
     
  4. LtlWilli

    LtlWilli New Member

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    I did a search upon it, and found that it does not, as it is used primarily for boxes(YAY!) and furniture. It is also insect and termite resistant. The tree is also known as "catawba" and the "fish bait tree" due to the large green caterpillars that abound on the leaves. They are very very fine catfish bait.
    LtlWilli
     
  5. cabin

    cabin New Member

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    It is very light as well.
     
  6. Capt44

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    There are a lot of catalpa trees here in east central Arkansas.
    The wood is very brittle.
    I have never seen any milled for lumber.
     
  7. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Not sure about its carpentry value. But, I sure do seem to find quite a bit of hives in them!