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BenDupre

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06-05-2017 10:24 PM

Friend just cut down an ash tree (stupid bugs!) and sawed down these blanks for me. Tree was dead but this still feels wet and is very heavy. I plan to turn some handles and maybe a few rolling pins.

I have been turning for a couple years with store bought blanks. Sometimes dry sometimes they are encapsulated in wax. Is ash better to turn wet or dry?

Knowing i cant turn all this now what should I do?

Put it up and let it dry? How long?

Seal ends with wax?

Seal the whole stick in wax?

Is there anothwr product besides parafin i should think about using?

If i turn wet what are some pointers to help keep it from checking after its turned?

Thanks for advice jocks!

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 10:57 PM

Seal the ends with Anchorseal, which is a wax emulsion. You can get it from Amazon or Woodcraft or the like. The pieces that have the pith in them (if any) are likely to crack but the ones that don’t contain the pith should dry fine. Stack them with pieces of 1×2 between them and give them a year or so

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 10:59 PM

Ash makes nice handles, spindles, etc. I prefer to turn it dry, but that’s a matter of personal choice,

I would seal the ends … don’t seal the whole piece. Sealing the ends will slow down drying and reduce checking/cracking.

Paraffin is fine … I use melted candle wax (I buy candles at a local resale store).

-- 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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#3 posted 06-05-2017 11:31 PM

Good advise above. It would be a bit easier to turn somewhat wet but you always have a chance that it may warp on you after your final shape. I received a lot of Ash from a tree across the street and it was somewhat wet. I cut it int some usable pieces and a few months later it was ready for anything. Beautiful lumber.

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 12:39 AM

Seal the ends with Anchor Seal, let a dry a while and then make baseball bats our of it!!

Jim

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#5 posted 06-06-2017 12:48 AM

Are there any bugs in your ash?

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



Are there any bugs in your ash?

- AlaskaGuy

Um.. howdo I know that?

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#7 posted 06-06-2017 01:48 AM

Ash borer is regarded as benign when it comes to interior wood. Its larvae bores under the bark.

Typically trees can be sent to sawmills within the quarantine area or have sawyers bring their portable sawmills to the site. Once cut into lumber, the trees aren’t an issue in regards to emerald ash borer and make their way into furniture, flooring, etc…

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BenDupre

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#8 posted 06-06-2017 01:51 AM



Ash borer is regarded as benign when it comes to interior wood. Its larvae bores under the bark.

Typically trees can be sent to sawmills within the quarantine area or have sawyers bring their portable sawmills to the site. Once cut into lumber, the trees aren t an issue in regards to emerald ash borer and make their way into furniture, flooring, etc…

- TravisH

Thanks!

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#9 posted 06-06-2017 12:22 PM

When I turn firewood into blanks, I Anchorseal the ends and write the date, weight and species on the blank. After a few years in storage, different types might start to look alike. Also write moisture content if you can.

When the blank stops losing weight, it’s dry.

Ash is great for spoons and kitchen implements. It will not impart a flavor to the food. Much easier to work wet in this case.

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