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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 146 days ago 684 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a few Pecan logs that I’ve had for over 10 years – so they are dry wood. They are from the branches of a own Pecan tree and they are about 5-6” in diameter and about 12 – 14” long. I just posted a box that I turned from one of the logs – and I’m wondering if I made the best choice as to using the log. I turned this box from the end grain, can I cut it into a blank that would put the end grain on the sides and I would be turning through the long grain? I know I can cut the blank that way, but is that a good choice – or is it better going through the end grain for a box or similar project?

Any input will be appreciated.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/



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Karson

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#1 posted 146 days ago

Bill:

I’ve seen many bowls that were turned from a half a log. The center of the log it the top of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl is the outer layer where the bark would be.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 146 days ago

Bill , when you cut into the end grain you will get more true lines and color. When cutting in the long grain things will change quite a bit. You can end up with all sorts of different features. Of course any time cutting into a log there’s no idea of what may turn up. Some people say it is harder to cut end grain, but I really don’t see much difference. I prefer end grain but do both all the time. My decision is usually based on the diameter of the log. A 10- 12’’ log or larger I will split and turn in the long grain. Where as anything smaller is end grain cut.
I also have more success without drying problems or cracks turning end grain. Hope that helps out.
Dave

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Roger

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#3 posted 146 days ago

I’ve always been told to cut the pith out of a log first

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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