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Forum topic by Vicki posted 08-09-2017 03:32 PM 516 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2017 03:32 PM

I need 4X4 pieces of wood to turn into snowmen. I know I shouldn’t use PT. How is cedar to turn? TIA

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD


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#1 posted 08-09-2017 10:01 PM

Cedar is nice and soft. Are you glueing up 1”boards are going to use a cedar 4X4.

It should work fine. I saw Gene today at toys. It’s been a while sine I got over there.

Karson

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 01:46 AM

Hey! It would be a 4×4x8. I glue up cheap pine for the ones we paint, but some people want natural wood and this is inexpensive at Lowes. Sorry i never got to make things for the kids. I make things now to raise money for kitty cit cat rescue or relay for life. What are you up to?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 08-10-2017 02:12 AM

I bought a home in Appomattox VA. First a 20 Acre place with an early 1900 home owned by the same family that built it. They live next door in a newer home that her mother had built.

My daughter and her family moved into the home before we got to live there. So I sold it to them and I bought another home 2 miles down the same street on 5 acres.

We’ve just put our home in Delaware on the market. So we haven’t moved into our newer home yet other than swapping which adult lives in which home this week. We are both in Delaware today and my wife may take a couple of grand-kids to VA for next week while I stay here.

Life in the retired lane. My workshop is all torn up. I built a shop at the old home with all my tools and some of my lumber and now I’ve got to transfer some workable tools to the new place and maybe a rough shop at the old place. Since it’s still in the family I can continue to use it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 08-10-2017 02:07 PM

You are keeping real busy I see. I hope you enjoy your new home and state. I think about moving, but can’t figure out how to do it when I need to sell this house to have money for a new one. And the thought of packing just paralyzes me.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 08-10-2017 02:49 PM

If you are using western red cedar you probably should glue it up from 1’ stock. A solid 4×4 will probably spit badly as it dries.
Even eastern red cedar would probably split if using solid 4×4 pieces.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 08-10-2017 03:22 PM

I wanted to use this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Top-Choice-Common-4-in-x-4-in-x-8-ft-Actual-3-4375-in-x-3-4375-in-x-8-ft-Lumber/1000056487

I didn’t want glue lines in the snowmen that I leave unpainted. I know downed limbs would be best, but don’t have enough time to let them dry. I can get a fir 4×4x8 For $36. Do you think that would be better? Thanks

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 08-10-2017 06:20 PM

Vicky: I have a feeling that the fir lumber might have more internal moisture that might be susceptible to spiting. The cedar is softer and the drying would be easier. You can hand pick them to get wood that might have fewer knots.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#8 posted 08-10-2017 07:17 PM

The western red cedar Lowe’s has is wet. I have had some the water was actually running out of it. They will split and split badly. 4×4’s of any wood split when they dry partially because of how they are cut and partially because of the size. They work well for fence posts and other structural places. They will crack and split as they dry and there is not a thing you can do about it.
If you use 1’ lumber you can dry it and cut around the splits and glue up the dimensions you need.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 08-11-2017 12:14 PM

Vicki, never turned that stuff but have turned cedar that grows around here for bowls and ornaments. I am a never say never guy and if you are set on buying and turning that stuff say go for it.

Like other poster would be concerned about spitting and also knot saw in the picture. What I would do is cut pieces over sized trying to avoid knots as a feature of end snow man. Knowing that knots might still end up in my snow man. Would let cut pieces hang out for month or two before turning. May find more knots as you turn wood away.

Not knowing final demensions and to be honest might only wait couple of weeks and attempt turning a few just for practice and see what happens.

-- Bill

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#10 posted 08-11-2017 03:08 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback. You guys are the best.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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