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Forum topic by Ooga posted 12-18-2016 04:23 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2016 04:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: new mesquite pecan

Alright fellas, first let me apologize if this is in the wrong area. I am extremely new to this and extremely fascinated. I have been lurking around the forum for the past week or so trying to find answers but normally only seem to find conflicting ideas that were posted a long while back. I think much of this is because i dont know the lingo or words to search for.

Now to the point.
This is a bowl im working on from a Pecan stump that was given to me. I would like it to be a small feature piece you can toss your wallet/gun/keys into.
1. How do I know when its okay to work (a little late for this one but I have another stump)
2. Cutting and shaping isnt to bad but sanding in the bowl and around the sucked in middle part is proving to be hard any ideas? I have been using a dremel but this is not to efficient for my wallet.
3. Is it okay to leave the lighter color outside wood on?

ALSO…. please forgive me haha I have a few slabs of mesquite. The booked pair of slabs I want to do a epoxy inlay down the cracks and tint them black then join the two together for a coffee table.
1. How do i know when its okay to start working with them
2. How can I kill the bugs. I tossed them in the freezer but to my understanding that only kills some not all. I dont have access to a kiln.
3. The smaller discs Im thinking about making clocks and cutting boards. Can i toss these in my electric oven to kill off bugs? good/bad idea? If so when is it okay to toss them in? do i need to wait until a certain moisture level?
4. What kind of epoxy and where do yall normal get it from?

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 05:17 PM

on the bowls i can only give a suggestion to one question and that’s on sanding- do some surfing on the net for “bowl sanding accessories.” the accessories will make the task a LOt easier than with a dremel.

on the slabs, in my shop i like lumber to be down to a 6-8% moisture content before working it.
killing bugs has different options. freezing it has to be done a couple times- it kills the live ones but not the larvae.
some people tent the wood and fumigate it.
some people heat treat AFTER the wood is down to the 6-8% m.c. heated to 130 degrees( im not positive on that temperature) for 24 hours.

that bowl is very sweet and creative.

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 05:30 PM


Thanks for the tips! I found some tiny flapdiscs, sandingwheels, and grinders that are all about 1-2” that will fit anything with a 1/4” chuck. It was in a discount autoparts store of all places hahaha. I also found klingspors website that seems to be like a toys-r-us for this hobby haha. Thanks again.

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