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Blog entry by blue77 posted 12-15-2015 09:41 AM 833 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been turning for a short time, about a year and some change. In this time I have learned that my neighbors are my best suppliers of wood. When they cut down trees I come a running. This last summer I got some big Ash logs and lots of Maple. Now that it is “winterish” I’m trying to turn all this lumber into bowls and boxes. I start by getting the wood. Usually I will put it in the back of my SUV if it’s just one or two little logs but if it a bunch of wood I have a 4×8 trailer. Then I chain saw the logs down the pith and wax the ends. I store them in my shed till I get around to them. I am still learning all this so this blog will be my record of what I have done so in the future I can be a more efficient turner.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 07:19 PM

I’m in pretty much the same position as you, blue, except that as I live alone on an island I have no neighbours and don’t get much in the way of neighbourly contributions. I’ve got a few hunks of apple that I’ve waxed the ends on and am leaving to dry – the general view on the internet seems to be that fruitwoods are tricky and prone to checking. I’ll be interested in seeing how you make out. Thanks for the post.

-- I'm not talking to myself ... I'm consulting an expert!

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 11:03 PM

I recommend rough turning some bowls in order to speed up the drying process. I shoot for a uniform thickness of between 5/8” to ¾,” when roughing. Thickness also depends upon size and shape of the bowl. I set my rough turned bowls on the floor in the back of my shop until get around to them. Found takes only three or four months before ready for final turning but may not get to them for much longer than that.

If want oval bowls will turn to ¼” to 3/8” uniform thickness, sand, and finish. Yes some will crack as they sit around but that is okay. Some will fix if possible, if not toss them. Run around 85% on thin turned bowls but really do not do that many these days.

If really want a challenge shoot for 1/8” or 3/16” uniform thickness. Only real advice on turning that thin is do not stop for lunch!

Looks like a nice find good luck with it!

-- Bill

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