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RE: Gum wood12/4
What is Gum wood used for?
Which is cheaper poplar or gum?
What manufactured products can be produced with Gum?
Gum is definitely less expensive.
We need more info as many different species are called "gum." Are you in North America? Can you tell us if you are inquiring about black gum, Tupelo gum, sweet gum, red gum, sap gum, or other gum?
The Gum wood that I am referring to is most probably Sweet Gum, which is from the Northeast USA.
We have many of these Northeast logs at our mill in New Jersey, and are wondering what we could effectively manufacture with this Gum.
The market usually divides sweet gum lumber into heartwood (red gum) and sap gum. The wood, especially on the edge of the range where you are, is extremely prone to warping when drying. Therefore, we seldom see this lumber in the marketplace as the warp means that there are many low grade pieces, which have no profit. In the older days, sweet gum was always steamed prior to drying to try to remove some stress that caused warp...this steaming changed the color and did help with minimizing warp. With a limited market today, the price is low and so profits are small. Depending on log quality, you may have only pallet lumber, at best, in your location. Otherwise, you might have just ultility lumber.