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Posted on Milling Large Honeylocust and Oak Logs

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 06:32 PM

I recommend 8’ cubes simply because that is a great size to turn a wonderful bowl out of. A person can, of course, use any size they want; but an 8” block can be cut down into small box panels as well should turning be less desired. It is simply what I do, not a requirement by any means. If you can squeeze a bigger block from between the limb arms, all the better; you can always cut them smaller! Do your best to keep the pith from any limb from being in a block or it will cause cracks. Paint the end grain and set them in a shaded area where they will stay cool if you are not going to use them right away. It is best to rough cut a turning (or sell/give the block so someone else can) as soon as possible, then let it set and dry up before final machining. Everyone has a good idea on what to do to store pieces like this, fortunately locust is very forgiving and can handle stress well. And you are right, there are a million things to learn; when you stop learning that just means you have stopped cutting. I love slicing up logs!

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