Can anyone tell me about gum wood? I have several gum logs, one three feet in diameter and ten feet long with no branches. Is the wood good for anything, or worth sawing into boards?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor F:
I got my hands on some gum wood scrap a few years ago and made an "out" basket with it. It does look good with a clear coat. It's worth making boards out of what you have.
Assuming you are in the US: Do you have red gum or black gum? The sapwood of red gum, called sapgum, is very nice indeed and was widely used in the past. It is prone to warping when drying, lots of warp. Check Drying Hardwood Lumber for best drying practices.
Sweet gum or red gum has yellow sapwood and a dark reddish brown heartwood that is marbled for the most part. It is very pretty, but prone to warp. I saw it 5/4 to get a 3/4 board. A lot of times I seal the ends and saw 3 3/8 thick, then resaw after it has dried. Thicker cuts seem to dry flatter. Sapwood will stain and it will rot if left out in the weather.