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What can I do/make out of these? Was hoping for some ideas.

by Blackie_
posted 06-14-2012 01:18 PM


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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 01:23 PM

Something with endgrain that’s for sure.

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 01:26 PM

Glue them together with an alternating darker color, then turn on the lathe, would make an interesting bowl…

Beautiful grain!

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 01:32 PM

People are always turning bowls.. maybe turning some dinner plates? :D

Okay, just kidding… but it seems a table or stool will be fragile if not backed with something cross grain. How hard is hackberry? Maybe some end grain cutting boards.

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#4 posted 06-14-2012 01:46 PM

Oop no lathe

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#5 posted 06-14-2012 01:51 PM

hmm endgrain cutting board perhaps? I could square up a bit

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#6 posted 06-14-2012 01:51 PM

I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what others come up with. After end grain cutting boards, I’m stumped. (pun fully intended)

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#7 posted 06-14-2012 01:54 PM

Small bookshelf for trinkets or whatnot. Looks like you’ve got 6 shelves.

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#8 posted 06-14-2012 01:54 PM

Actually I wasn’t sure if you could use spalted wood for food products.

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#9 posted 06-14-2012 02:01 PM

Great Idea Ed, thanks

For the supports I could use either Walnut, Alder or Maple, brown maple might go well here.

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#10 posted 06-14-2012 05:47 PM

I’ve no idea about Hackberry as such, but depending on how dry the slices are already, I’d be seriously concerned about future radial splitting as drying takes place.

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#11 posted 06-14-2012 06:13 PM

stewart, I have the air drying stickered now, I’m thinking a month they should be ready, hopefully they’ll keep their form without splitting.

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#12 posted 06-14-2012 06:44 PM

I’m not going to say that they will split, but… they will split (if they’re still wet right now). From the looks of it, it’s already starting.

I have had a few different types of slices like that at different thicknesses and they all ended up splitting eventually. You might want to read what the turners do to insure that the pieces don’t split. I don’t really need cuts like that so I just chalked them up to experimental pieces and moved on.

As for other ideas, they can be used for inlays, small boxes, serving trays, umm…. can’t think of anything else right now.

Good luck on drying those.

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#13 posted 06-14-2012 06:49 PM

a seating set – as the seat itself…

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#14 posted 06-14-2012 06:51 PM

Clock faces, and yes they are going to split.

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#15 posted 06-14-2012 10:01 PM

I’ve read up on soaking them in denatured alcohol, supposed to replace the water and keep them from splitting.

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#16 posted 06-14-2012 10:11 PM

I just got off the phone with Woodcraft and was told that I have to slow down the drying as much as possible and to use Anchor Seal and still might not keep them from splitting, Denatured Alcohol won’t work for this problem. As of right now I have them outside under a lean-to stickered he said that was to fast so I have no idea how to slow down the drying.

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#17 posted 06-14-2012 10:44 PM

I like the clock faces idea the others mentioned. As for splitting, of course they’re going to. I’d say let them go ahead and do all the splitting they want, then fill the splits with epoxy or something. Or paint the inside of the splits black and mound them on solid color backgrounds – red or green or blue – so the color will show from behind. That would look wicked awesome cool!

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#18 posted 06-15-2012 01:20 AM

As far as the 6 round pieces, what bout a couple of 1-by’s (a dark wood like Walnut maybe or similar), runnin vertical with slots cut in em to house these 6 fine “shelves”. No need to do anything to the rounds, except, put a finish on em. Whatever you come up with, it’ll be good. You may want to just set these aside until the “light-bulb” goes off, if ya know what I mean..

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tyskkvinna

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#19 posted 06-15-2012 01:56 AM

I agree… let them split and then just enjoy the ride. They’d make beautiful clocks, mounted on a disk of something else.

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#20 posted 06-15-2012 03:46 AM

When they do split, you may be able to combine a few of them to make whole pieces again that don’t look bad.

Your only other hope is to use PEG (polyethylene glycol) or Pentacryl to stop the cracks. This is a different approach than denatured alcohol. The DA replaces the water and then dries away. PEG saturates the wood to prevent it from shrinking (so it really is never “dry”). You then lock in the PEG with your hard finish and that should keep it from splitting.

If you’re going to save it, you need to do this now. To prevent them from drying too fast, bring them inside and spray a little water on them (do not dunk them in the bathtub or run a faucet over them). Then, go get some PEG and hope it stop them from radial splitting.

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#21 posted 06-15-2012 08:32 AM

I see a multi step shelf….. 3 Outside legs that gradually angle towards the top…..The back leg wider than the outside 2….. The legs will have a dado cut in them to accept each piece…..

I know these will crack some but could you start putting some danish oil on the tops some to lessen the severity of the cracks and moisture loss…. I would only put oil on the top and clear epoxy the cracks when you feel it is safe to do so?

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#22 posted 06-15-2012 08:39 AM

toilet seats lol

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#23 posted 06-15-2012 10:49 AM

Pommy I think you mean toilet Lids. :P

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#24 posted 06-15-2012 09:41 PM

It’s now been three days under the Lean-to and so far no further cracks and the boards seem to be dry, I think I can go ahead and work them.

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#25 posted 06-18-2012 03:19 PM

Not to rain on your parade, but 3 days isn’t nearly long enough to determine if they are going to split or not.

I had a piece of red oak cut like that which took 5 months to split. It was an 18” piece that opened up about 3 inches once it finally finished.

I’m not trying to discourage you. Just trying to make sure you don’t end up disappointed 6 months after you build something with them.

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