Wiggle Redwood???

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Forum topic by Blake posted 11-17-2009 08:15 AM 1437 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2009 08:15 AM

My dad’s friend dropped off these chunks of Redwood a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never seen anything like it. I am wondering if this wood can be “worked” or if it is just too weird.

The grain is wavy or “wiggly” all the way through the boards. But it is so fibrous that you can pull on one of the wavy fibers and it will just peel right off. It is almost like bark but is NOT bark. It seems like if I were to run it through a planer it would just tear up.

Have you every seen anything like this or worked with it before? If you could get it flat and smooth it would be really interesting.

They are about three feet long, 3-4 inches thick and 16-18 inches wide.

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 08:59 AM

This is what we call curly redwood and can be planer with really sharp knives and a slow feed. I turn it on the lathe and usually finish with cellulose sanding sealer and several coats of good lacquer.

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 09:49 AM

You can get some liquid epoxy. Just mix the 2 parts and soak it into the redwood. It will really help stabilize the fibers and make the boards workable. The epoxy has the consistency of lacquer.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 06:43 PM

I’ve got a small chunk of hard maple with the same figure. Curious about where the trees grew… Anyway, that #62 will do you well on this stuff. Breaking it down, I would rough them out oversize and watch them. Might want to leave it in your shop for a spell too.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 06:47 PM

The bandsaw and sanding machine have been my tools for successfully machining highly figured woods into stock or veneer.

That is some smokin’ hot figure!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 07:37 PM

Beautiful looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 09:44 PM

Maybe running through a wide belt drum sander would be safer than a planer. I would think that you will still need to stabilize it though. Epoxy or some serious sanding sealer.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 02:26 PM

I am looking at this post and the wood is awesome. I am wondering if you have worked it into anything yet??


-- Robin Renee'

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 08:38 PM

No, I haven’t. I’m not sure if its even workable. I haven’t had time to try.

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 12:37 AM

Blake you sure you haven’t been Down under in Larry stash…LOL, this is something Larry would show. I’m sure it could be worked, looking forward to that post. You should sample a small section with a finish. Nice find , thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 01-24-2010 02:37 AM

Nice find Blake, wanna trade something?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 01-24-2010 06:51 PM

like what?

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#12 posted 01-24-2010 07:49 PM

Dunno, I got lots of oak and walnut. A little sugar maple. And a whole bunch of eastern white cedar.

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#13 posted 01-24-2010 10:55 PM

I just think shipping would be too much. But thanks for the offer. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it someday.

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#14 posted 01-26-2010 03:46 AM

Drop-dead gorgeous stock.
Have you tested the inner material by crosscutting a ‘lil slice off and cutting into the middle to see
what’s going on?
Bark on Redwood can be very thick—that could be the last inner portion on the surface.

-- Gary, Florida

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