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Turning big stuff #1: Getting ready

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 02-07-2009 03:23 AM 622 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was lucky enough to have access to a very large walnut tree that had blown over. The tree was over 200 years old and a little more than 6 feet across at the base. Tomorrow a friend and I plan to attack this project with a chain saw and start the process of getting ready to turn large pieces on the lathe. We will be using a lumberjack chain saw, two man cross cut saw and other tools to break the tree down into large pieces. I will use my tractor with front end loader to get the pieces onto a trailer and then get it hauled to the shop. A smaller chain saw will be used to block the trunk down into blanks that we can mount on the big Powermatic lathe. We will also be using an engine hoist to assist with lifting the large pieces onto the lathe. Our goal is to turn the largest platters possible. Since this is green turning we will turn each piece down part way, paint the end grain and place the pieces into the drying rack. In 3-6 months depending on how each piece dries we will remount the piece and finish turning it. If all goes well I will post pictures as we move along on this project. Very little of this tree will go to waste as the plan is to turn as many pieces as possible. Looking forward to giving all of you ongoing details.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.



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Karson

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 03:38 AM

Go! Go! Go. Nice find.

-- 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 02-07-2009 03:39 AM

Jeff, this sounds like an ambitious project. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress on this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 04:02 AM

Very nice score Jeff, looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 04:13 AM

WOW! I can’t wait for the photos. Can you throw some chips my way?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 04:30 AM

whats the limit on your lathe?

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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#6 posted 02-20-2009 05:38 AM

Jeff what happened. I got an e-mail that said you posted part 2 now it’s not on the site.

-- 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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#7 posted 02-20-2009 05:42 AM

Where do you live – do you need help!!!! Also looking for your progress.

Jack

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#8 posted 02-20-2009 07:13 PM

Not sure what happened to part 2 of this blog – I may have accidentally deleted it when I was attempting to edit it. Will get it back up.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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