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Forum topic by Wade Putnam posted 01-06-2010 07:09 PM 3517 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Wade Putnam

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01-06-2010 07:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red bud

Has anyone turned Red bud?
I have been given several logs and just wondered if it was good for turnig projects.
Thanks for any feedback

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 12:40 PM

Wade,

How did the red bud turn?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Wade Putnam

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 06:13 PM

It was green so turned easy, but had some soft stuff in where the banches came out of the trunk.
It turned out smaller than I had hoped but looked good with some nice marbling as I would call it.
I will post a picture when I get a chance.

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com

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richgreer

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 09:09 PM

I find this of interest because we have a redbud tree in our back yard that we don’t like. It’s destined to come down one of these days.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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DaddyZ

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 09:39 PM

Definately Going to try !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 07:41 AM

What does red bud look like? I am not familiar with it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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hairy

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 03:28 AM

One of my favorites because it means spring time. I have never worked any.

I haven’t seen any get very big. I would like to get my hands on a little bit of red bud boards, or a good size block. I have an idea in mind. I keep listening for chain saws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cercis_canadensis

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Daren Nelson

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 02:55 PM

Mark, here is a picture of redbud lumber from my website. Since I sawmill yard trees I see a few now and then here at my mill.

And some live edge redbud slabs I milled.

Come to think of it in my projects here there are pictures of a burled redbud that showed up one day, and what I did with one of the burls. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6810

Here is another, smaller burled redbud log.

That was a wild one to mill.

I got some big burl chunks off first.

And some bookmatched figured lumber.

Generally speaking redbud lumber is pretty hard…but I will say 90%+ of the logs are hollow, it’s just a common trait, when they get big enough (which is rare, they are small like hairy said) for me to want to mess with milling they are rotten inside.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 08-17-2010 09:52 PM

That is some beautiful figure, thanks for posting the pictures!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Roper

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#9 posted 08-17-2010 10:37 PM

Nice wood, hey Daren do you have any of those burls you would like to sell?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 11:11 PM

Let me do some digging around Roper, I’m not sure what I have in stock right now for redbud burl. Those pictures are from almost 2 years ago.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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Daren Nelson

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#11 posted 08-17-2010 11:33 PM

Here is what a cross section of redbud burl looks like:

I sliced a few up for reel seat blanks (custom fishing rod makers buy them) 1” x 1” x 10”, the burls have really tight eyes/figure…

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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