Making Lemonade From Lemons #2: Roughing out the blanks

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Blog entry by cotfessi posted 04-23-2009 06:35 AM 1125 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Following the advice of some folks on a turning forum, I roughed out the trunk. I had to avoid gashes left by the car and some knots, but I think I ended up with 4 pretty nice blanks?

After turning, I brought the blanks inside and dipped the ends in wax… I’ll come back to them in a few weeks… stay tuned!

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 07:28 AM

good timing… lathe table complete, tree being hit? Better turning it than burning it. Nice job on the table.

Years back we had an ice storm that took out many trees in the neighborhood… straight 40+ footers of maple, oak, hickory… and they all went to the huge disaster clean up pile where they were eventually burned in a mammoth bonfire… what a waste of good lumber.

Is that hot wax on the ends to keep the green wood from drying too fast?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 02:47 PM

Nice turning job. Latex paint works well also instead of wax.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 04:06 PM

Nobodies woodpile is safe anymore, now that you have a lathe.

I’ve had great results by brushing on a couple of coats of carpenters glue on the ends.

It’s also safer than melting wax.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 09:43 PM

Have you turned anything out of the maple yet?

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 06-09-2009 08:10 PM

Alan: I haven’t turned anything yet…

Unfortunately, all but one of the 7 blanks cracked on me!! There were knots in all the cracked ones… i guess you learn the hard way??

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 06:15 AM

ahh shoot. I’m new to turning and working with green wood did they crack at the ends were you waxed them or around the knots?

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 01:26 PM

around the knots…

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