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Forum topic by Karda posted 06-05-2017 06:01 PM 794 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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06-05-2017 06:01 PM

I cut up a chunk of fire wood a guy gave, for as big a piece that is was all I was able to get out of it wa a knife handle. But I could have got knife scales or pen blanks out of it. When i get logs to cut up what would be the best way to process them for pen blanks etc. I won’t do pens but others might sand the scraps won’t go to fire wood.


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#1 posted 06-05-2017 06:15 PM

For cutting log pieces into usable blanks it is always determined by the size and type of wood. There is no set process. PM me your address and I will send you a flat rate box of turning blanks you can practice with.

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 07:37 PM

In addition to what papadan said, have to learn to read the wood! Whether score big or little pile of logs or branches always have some idea of what want to turn (bowls, hollow forms, spindle projects). Look for defects to cut or turn away.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 08:59 PM

I mean there process for cutting and drying the blanks, i know that there are a lot videos about, right pic one and do it answered my own question. My point was ther wil be scrap could some body use the scrap. and do look at the wood even wood i would be able to get to turn. what can i get out of that log.

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 09:27 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFatYvgL3dQ just saw this the other day this may help you start this process

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 09:40 PM

If the logs are green then coat the endgrain and let dry before or after cutting up the log. They will dry faster when cut up.

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#6 posted 06-05-2017 09:47 PM

ok thanks

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#7 posted 06-05-2017 10:55 PM

The pith is firewood

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 06-05-2017 10:58 PM

thanks I haven’t seen that one

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#9 posted 06-05-2017 11:27 PM

Pith is not always firewood.

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#10 posted 06-06-2017 12:14 AM

ok, why not I haven’t heard much good about it, except for the tree of course

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#11 posted 06-06-2017 01:19 AM

Those red x’s are not scrap either.


If the logs are green then coat the endgrain and let dry before or after cutting up the log. They will dry faster when cut up.

- papadan

Those red x’s are not scrap either. The more irregular they are, the more unique the turning… I’ve turned several that were just at 3/8” thick, and made plates out of them. That was Mesquite. Maybe eastern woods and especially Canadian woods might not be able to turn it that thin. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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

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#12 posted 06-06-2017 02:35 AM

This is another video on cutting blanks. The book, Cutting Green Wood by Michael McDonnell which he brings up is an excellent book and usually about $10 on Amazon for used paperback.
Here is a pdf of grain patters that has been around for many years which may give you some ideas also.
http://www.ghwg.ca/techniques/Todd%20Hoyer%20-%20Grain%20Orientation.pdf

Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8kCjtLUqzY#t=820

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 06-06-2017 03:39 AM



Pith is not always firewood.

- papadan

It is if you care about not wasting your time on wood that will split open one day.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 06-06-2017 05:37 AM

thanks for all the diagrams, i’m a visual learner so they help a lot, i watched the videos. its interest how logs are divided. Thanks

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#15 posted 06-06-2017 04:24 PM

Your questions kind of open ended do you want to process logs for turning or genterating blanks for others?

Processing logs for other folks an ardous task. You need know wood species, sizes to cut, and moisture content of the blanks whether giving or selling.

Think if you process a log for what you want to turn, and not worry about the scrap/waste generated will be better off. Eventually will see some use for that waste whether another turning project or usefull to someone else.

-- Bill

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