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Jack Lewis

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02-21-2016 04:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: citrus turning finishing

My first attempt at a new wood (for me), “citrus” obtained from Chas Chevez Jr.’s of Roll, AZ mill. It came from a 8/4 slab/plank and is 9” dia. It had some checks but I think adds character. If shaves nice and sands very powdery, takes French Polish well.

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AZWoody

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 04:15 PM

I really like how that turned out. I’m going to have to start looking for some more trees to mill.

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 09:40 PM

Citrus, or in my case, it was Grapefruit, was as easy to turn a Bradford Pear. I didn’t get a single catch and all cuts were smooth no matter what tool I used. The only drawback to citrus is it’s bland color. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 09:46 PM



I really like how that turned out. I m going to have to start looking for some more trees to mill.

- AZWoody

All you need to do is “Go west, young man”, and you’ll find a lot of citrus trees. It won’t have to be far either…... Actually, I think you’re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Jack Lewis

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 02:04 AM

In response to the “bland color”, when I finished with french polish the shellac darkened it to a rich golden color. Sorry the pics don’t depict it well. Next will be a segmented version mixed with a dark wood like walnut for contrast. Can’t wait.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 02:43 AM

Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Just don’t eat the fruit from the ornamental orange trees … it tastes TERRIBLE! (LOL)

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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AZWoody

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 03:01 AM


I really like how that turned out. I m going to have to start looking for some more trees to mill.

- AZWoody

All you need to do is “Go west, young man”, and you ll find a lot of citrus trees. It won t have to be far either…... Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

I actually have a few trunks in my pile ready to mill when I have the time but I would like to get more. The pieces Jack got were from a guy who had a bunch of mesquite, eucalyptus and citrus already milled and an employee left them all in his old shop. I was able to buy the whole lot and it had been sitting there for 6 years or so.

I do need to get some of the names of the orchard farmers around here though because you are right, I am surrounded by them.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 05:00 AM



Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Just don t eat the fruit from the ornamental orange trees … it tastes TERRIBLE! (LOL)

- TheDane

So Gerry, you actually ate one, or tried… hehehe I moved to Tucson form Orange, California, and when someone says, Ornamental orange, that’s going to be my first clue. I don’t even like the skin texture on them, but the wood is good if the tree is big enough…

Jack, as far as the bland color comment goes, after you’ve turned a lot of Mesquite, Palo Verde and other desert woods, any citrus is bland as a raw wood. Sealing it does wonders as do Lacquers. Where is Fort Mohave?......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 02:49 PM

So Gerry, you actually ate one, or tried…

Nope … but one of my kids did! She came home sicker than a dog and hurled all over the carport.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 04:08 PM


Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Just don t eat the fruit from the ornamental orange trees … it tastes TERRIBLE! (LOL)

- TheDane

So Gerry, you actually ate one, or tried… hehehe I moved to Tucson form Orange, California, and when someone says, Ornamental orange, that s going to be my first clue. I don t even like the skin texture on them, but the wood is good if the tree is big enough…

Jack, as far as the bland color comment goes, after you ve turned a lot of Mesquite, Palo Verde and other desert woods, any citrus is bland as a raw wood. Sealing it does wonders as do Lacquers. Where is Fort Mohave?......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

What does Palo Verde look like? I have a small trunk to pick up but I haven’t milled any yet. I had heard it was a plain, creamy color, kind of similar to the citrus. Now you have me curious. I usually do not get any though as I get what’s cut down, or blown down from houses in the area.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 02-22-2016 04:09 PM

You did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Jack Lewis

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#11 posted 04-22-2016 11:08 PM



Citrus, or in my case, it was Grapefruit, was as easy to turn a Bradford Pear. I didn t get a single catch and all cuts were smooth no matter what tool I used. The only drawback to citrus is it s bland color. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs


As you might see from my next post, it contrasts so nice with Mahogany!. Carbide cutters shave it so clean.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#12 posted 04-22-2016 11:11 PM


Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Just don t eat the fruit from the ornamental orange trees … it tastes TERRIBLE! (LOL)

- TheDane

Ft. Mohave is across the river from Laughlin NV and S. of Bullhead City, AZ. but they roll up the sidewalks everynight. O well!

So Gerry, you actually ate one, or tried… hehehe I moved to Tucson form Orange, California, and when someone says, Ornamental orange, that s going to be my first clue. I don t even like the skin texture on them, but the wood is good if the tree is big enough…

Jack, as far as the bland color comment goes, after you ve turned a lot of Mesquite, Palo Verde and other desert woods, any citrus is bland as a raw wood. Sealing it does wonders as do Lacquers. Where is Fort Mohave?......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Actually, I think you re surrounded by citrus groves, if I remember correctly. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Just don t eat the fruit from the ornamental orange trees … it tastes TERRIBLE! (LOL)

- TheDane

So Gerry, you actually ate one, or tried… hehehe I moved to Tucson form Orange, California, and when someone says, Ornamental orange, that s going to be my first clue. I don t even like the skin texture on them, but the wood is good if the tree is big enough…

Jack, as far as the bland color comment goes, after you ve turned a lot of Mesquite, Palo Verde and other desert woods, any citrus is bland as a raw wood. Sealing it does wonders as do Lacquers. Where is Fort Mohave?......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs


-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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