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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 08-12-2016 03:03 AM 647 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2016 03:03 AM

Hey everyone. Just grabbed a big branch from the park that fell the other night during a storm. I’ve cut it up a little and threw a piece on the lathe to check it out. It’s still wet, just came off the tree night before last. If I turn handles or anything like that with it, do I just turn the handle and then sand and put a finish (wax) on it and use it like normal? Or do I need to do anything special since it’s still so wet?

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 03:45 AM

1st take all the wood that your not turning and seal the ends right away. I use anchor seal if I have it, but the cheapest white glue or wood glue works well too. Turning green wood is fun. My favorite. You want to rough turn leaving it a little thick and then bag it with some shavings to let it dry, or completely finish the project in one continuous turning session. The finished piece will warp and move. Possibly crack a little. But rarely come apart. Handles will co.e out better with dry wood. Wet wood also needs to be turned relatively thin, and most important to a uniform thickness. This will help with how it moves and survive the drying process.

-- John

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#2 posted 08-12-2016 01:18 PM

Seal the ends and keep it in the shade. My experience is small stuff like that will usually produce one small crack along the length.Larger stuff explodes with a million small cracks….............. Jerry In Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 08-12-2016 02:57 PM

I know about sealing the ends. I planned to melt some paraffin wax tonight and seal them. I simply ran out of time last night after getting the branch home from the park and clearing off the small leafy branches. I plan to cut it up more tonight into manageable pieces that fit on my lathe, more for handles and such.

I guess I was wondering if it does need to dry before making handles to use or if I could turn it and then seal that with wax on the lathe and just use them but it sounds like that’s a no.

I swear I saw a guy making tons of mallets on youtube once and I was for whatever reason under the impression it was green wood. It was a hickory branch spindle turned. In the end he sealed it with bees wax and went on with his day. Can’t seem to find the thing now of course.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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