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Forum topic by Dan Campebell posted 02-26-2010 01:32 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Campebell

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02-26-2010 01:32 PM

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I bought a new lathe last month and from past experience I knew that I needed to turn something (possibly of no particular value) to get a feel for the lathe and the new turning tools that I bought with it.
Well, I grew up too needful to waste most anything, so I decided to turn a birdhouse using a green mulhberry log about 12” long and 6” in diameter. I mounted the mulhberry between centers (to true up the general shape) and and proceded to turin a tenon (whcih went pretty well). The basic skills came back pretty quickly but green mulhberry is not an easy wood to turn, especially the hollowing part. I tried to start the hollowing procedure a with 2” spurred forstner bit (not even close to possible), I tried a smaller size (same result; then I just went with a 3/8” steel twist bit (hand held with a pair of vice grips) finally got some result but very slow going.
I could go on for sometime but I think most of you have felt the frustration of feeling around in the dark for something you know is there but you just can’t seem to find it. That is what woodworking can be like sometimes but if you are not willing to try new things, you will only know what you knew yesterday. The mulhberry log will make a wonderful fire in about a year! :)

-- Dan Campbell

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 03:06 PM

For what it is worth – - This is the one (and only) thing that I have turned with mulberry. Our church had a mulberry tree that had to come down. I asked for some of the wood and I have several pieces. I’ve not seen many things made with mulberry and I have never seen anything turned with mulberry. I know why. It’s a lousy wood to turn. Nonetheless, I persevered and made this bowl.

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

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 04:37 PM

Green Mulberry is very hard to work with, about the only help I have is to say CARBIDE, CARBIDE, CARBIDE, SHARP, SHARP, SHARP.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 04:39 PM

Nope, never done anything like that. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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