What can you do with Mimosa wood other than burning . I have just recently cut some and it looks very nice when split and its as hard as anything, it must be good for something like small projects other than turning .
Has anyone used this wood before ?.
I've seen people turn and carve with it. Not very rot resistant, it has lots of big pores, and some claim it is prone to splitting. It is a beautiful wood though. I'll be waiting to hear from more knowledgeable people in this space. I have a mimosa on my land and I plan on propagating it. I consider it a beneficial invasive when managed for medicine, mulch, firewood, and fodder.
posted 1 year ago
I think it is similar to Acaia wood and what ive seen it is highly prized for wood working there is very little data on it . I cut some lengths on my bandsaw and it looks just great for projects but the ends split when drying , personally i think this has potential for indoor projects , if you steam off the bark it leaves a very attractive wood and also i think could lend itself to a kind of material for frame making say for a shoe stand or something. I have two lengths here about 7 feet long and about 4 inches in diametre and they are many years old they are in good condition without the bark. The small logs i can rip down to about 1 to 2mm thick on the bandsaw. I quickly tried some sandpaper on the outside of the debarked logs and they sand up very well and also the split sawn insides and same again , like i said i think this so called pest wood has great potentiol for small indoor projects , i dont know if it takes varnish or any other preservative though as i never got that far with it but will soon.
I like the rotten mimosa for fire wood and the new stuff sawn and it also splits very easy for fire logs but i think i might have missed out on something here as a potential project wood , granted its a pain when out of control but lets face it if it good for something its regrowth rate is incrediable , its the problem of control by seeding and root , if it could be controlled and managed it might start to be attractive , but when its out of control AARRRGGGHHHHH.
Its like growing steel rods from the ground it is immensely tough and useful in small projects , IMHO , when i get more time soon i hope i,m back on it .
I also tried steam bending some small diametre lengths but it never bent well. it cracked , but perhaps i never gave it enough time in the steam box or its just not the type to do it with as the cells are not lending themselves to it and that was green wood . Then i tried some other small invasive tree lengths in the steam box and it bent very well in a jig i made but i dont know the name of the tree but again this is on going research on hold.
So result for Mimose = Promising but needs more work
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