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Mother's Day Tree Project #1: The dogwood log

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Blog entry by rfusca posted 08-18-2013 06:45 PM 873 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many years ago, I gave my mother a dogwood sapling for Mother’s Day. It grew large (for a dogwood) and provided some nice shade in the backyard growing up. Unfortunately, a fungus killed it over the last year. My parents were lamenting the tree and present were gone. They had already paid to have the tree removed by the time I suggested that I could do something for them with the wood.

Fortunately, there was still about 4 feet or so of the trunk leg. This is a piece we carted back from Arkansas:

Mom asked for a candle holder of some kind. Chess was a big thing growing up..and mom was undoubtedly the ‘queen’ of our house. So, my wife and I came up with this profile as a design:

Its a queen cheese piece profile – the top edge we’re going to scallop the crown by hand.

So I cut the log into a more balanced piece for the lathe.

I quite like the pattern of the wood!
Next stop, the lathe!

Any suggestions regarding dealing with large pieces like this are welcomed. I’ve never turned anything this large.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer



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robscastle

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 02:28 AM

Try some timber of a similar size first up, would be a pity to ruin such a nice piece learning!

-- Regards Robert

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CFrye

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 02:58 AM

This will be a wonderful re-gift for your mom! The wood is beautiful. Looking forward to the process Chris. Thanks for sharing.

PS: that’s some nice bokah too!

-- God bless, Candy

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 03:37 AM

Great piece of spalted dogwood Chris. How large of a piece are we talking and with what lathe?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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rfusca

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 03:46 AM

Its not that large – its like about 7 inches by 15ish, I think. It’s this lathe – http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html . I’m going to take the draw knife to the edges before I mount it most likely, make it a little easier on the lathe starting off.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 01:09 PM

I will P M you with some details.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 12:35 PM

Thats going to come out really nice man, it’s going to have a great story to go along with it to.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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