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Project by Indiana_Parrothead posted 1758 days ago 1495 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out to be a nice little confetti lamp until it dried… I had a nice chunk of eucalyptus gum that I had for about a year. It was covered in wax and I thought it was dry, I should have checked it with my moisture meter. I turned and finished all at once. I used Mylands friction polish and Carnauba wax as the finish. When I looked at it the next day this is what I had. The piece had shrunk and cracked. I am not sure that I want to give it to anyone but in my eyes I think that it still looks good. It is very unusual. Next time i will check the moisture content before turning.

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Walnut_Weasel

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#1 posted 1758 days ago

Wow, it sure did!! It does actually looks very nice. If you would not have told the story behind it, I am sure there would be people asking how they can do that! Mark it up as art!

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 1758 days ago

I agree with WW that is a really great looking turning! I like the unusual look of it and diffenently goes into the art catagory!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1758 days ago

Just fill the cracks with some tinted epoxy and you still have an artistic rustic piece

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Pdub

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#4 posted 1758 days ago

Hey, it’s just different. Not every piece has to be perfect, that’s what makes it unique.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Chris Cunanan

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#5 posted 1758 days ago

microwave dry, try it next time!

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reggiek

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#6 posted 1758 days ago

Unfortunately some wood fibers shift dramatically as they dry or during steep temperature changes….I believe it goes that the longer the fibres…the more the shift…but I am not a scientist…

What I do know is that you have to basically acclimate a green wood to the local ambience….which to say is to let it gradually dry…what I do is to make sure the item is not in an area with sharp increases or decreases in temp…i.e. in my area the nightly low can be 45degrees and go to 80+degrees during the daily high….this would put too much stress on the wood as it dries. So I keep a room or area (depending on how much stuff I am drying) with a fairly consistent temperature….I maintain the same with the humidity….even occasionally misting the piece with a sprayer….for at least a week after I have turned the wood…..Once I can see that the wood has acclimated (you can use a meter…or just the feeling of the grain by hand)...I can then let it sit at room temp for a couple days…..after that time is when I can apply the finish….its time consuming….but you can see the results if you do not (small checks that were barely visable are now wide open…cracks not seen before are there…etc…etc..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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huff

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#7 posted 1758 days ago

I think it turned out to be a unique piece of art. Very unique!

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Loucarb

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#8 posted 1757 days ago

I’m with Jim, there are a lot of products out there you could use to fill the voids that would highlight the wood. I love that wood.

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woodsman

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#9 posted 1757 days ago

Okay, if I am being honest, as a young man in East Texas I had an uncle that had this mean old bull that would chase all of us kids that would walk through his pasture to fish. When he was tired of chasing us, we would throw rocks at a particular part of his anatomoy…That is a picture perpect replication.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1757 days ago

I guess the piece wasn’t kiln-dried before sealing it with wax . A friend of mine removes the wax when he buys such pieces and then puts the piece into a brown paper bag and “forgets” about it for a few months while it acclimates to his shop environment. I’ve had good luck using the same process myself : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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LesB

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#11 posted 1756 days ago

I find the piece quite interesting and artistic.
I doubt you could have ever gotten that piece of eucalyptus with it’s wild grain to dry without cracking and warping. Eucalyptus is difficult to dry even when the grain is nice and straight. Even if you have removed some of the wax and let it dry slower this piece would have cracked. In my experience you were better off turning it green and letting nature take it’s course. There are wood turners who do that on purpose.

There are water displacing products, Pentacryl wood preservative is one, in which you can soak wet wood and gradually replace the water with this ingredient. Using it would “saved” the piece. You would probably have needed to partially turn it before soaking in thisl solution for better penetration. I have seen other products that work similarly and come in a solid form that is dissolved in water. I have no experience using them however.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Berg

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#12 posted 1743 days ago

You may be disappointed that it isn’t what you had in mind but step back and change your mind set. It’s great. Tell everyone you “meant to do that” and leave them in awe. ;)

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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