Turning Green Madrone Burl.

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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 08-30-2012 05:54 PM 2349 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone. Just another tip for Madrone and Madrone burl…

I have been told that madrone shrinks a whopping 18% No wander it is a self destructive wood. So with that being said you can work with the shrinkage or tame the beast.

I love the warping and shrinkage of the Madrone. If you can get spindles of green straight grain, you can turn some nice handles and what ever you put in them be it a knife or a gouge when that handle dries it is lock in for years of use.

With green burl turning I love it because you never know what you are going to end up with. Madrone is so far the funniest wood I have turned. First of all it smells wonderful. Either you are going to get cotton candy or water melon smell and long ribbons of wood.

If you turn a vessel out of madrone you would want to turn it as thin as possible, less than 1/4” or I like 1/8 thick. You can turn madrone very thin.

After you turn your project just wet sand it to 1500 -2000 grit and let it go. I will be dry in about 2 weeks and if you get it down to 1/8” walls, it will move like crazy and it is finished.

Fun fun stuff.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 08:08 PM

I really like working with Madrone!
It does have to be fully dried before you start working it or it will move on you.
No burls so far but I do have several pieces that are nicely figured.
It works a lot like Cherry with similar color and character, I love how it machines!

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 01:07 AM

Great result Greg.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 01:42 AM


-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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