|Project by WoodSparky||posted 08-11-2011 01:56 AM||1246 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I was able to get some wood from a Hazelnut Tree being dropped a friends mothers house. Never having worked with Hazelnut, I was curious. I picked a few 5” logs and a couple 18”wide pieces from the trunk.
Tired of moving the small logs around that were qued up by my lathe, Set up one between centers and turned a tenon on one end for the 4 jaw chuck.
The wood looked like White Oak once the bark was removed. Even though the log was still wet, this wood was hard. End grain hollowing was slow and had to fight to get a smooth cut with little tear-out.
Knowing that this piece is going to move, I did not get to fussy with finish. Sanded to 320, and applied mineral oil with some bee’s wax.
So, if you like turning oak maybe you would like try Hazelnut. It is not for me. Wood scraps feed the fireplace, it may also see some hazelnut.
-- So Many tools, So little time