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Forum topic by Madrona posted 03-10-2018 03:15 AM 1437 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Madrona

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03-10-2018 03:15 AM

I finally decided to give it a try since I have tons of it on the burn pile. It’s a very soft wood for those that aren’t familiar. I successfully turned a bowl, but not sure it was worth my time. Do you have any pics of yours?

I did make a video, if you care to watch: https://youtu.be/45Jon1CMAyY

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington


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#1 posted 03-10-2018 06:03 AM

Most of the time, unless you are building a house it should be called Fur, but hey it’s low cost, which makes it almost perfect for trial runs, mock ups, and stuff like that. I’ve never tried turning it, but can imagine the challenges, because I have used a lot of it elsewhere.

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#2 posted 03-10-2018 07:12 PM

You probably got lucky with a piece of fir that was more dense than normal.

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 07:45 PM

No Luck,
Hair just goes everywhere. :>/

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#4 posted 03-10-2018 10:24 PM

I once, long ago, tried making a fireplace bellows like this one,

but of fir. It flew apart as I turned it. Went back to hardwoods.

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 12:06 AM

The cat won’t stay on the lathe, so I don’t know. ;>)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 12:10 AM



The cat won t stay on the lathe, so I don t know. ;>)

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 12:23 AM

have you tried lifting it’s tail?

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#8 posted 03-11-2018 05:22 PM

I can’t catch him !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#9 posted 03-11-2018 05:53 PM



I can t catch him !

- Jimbo4


That’s because he knows where you are going to put the live center.
You have to keep it covered until the last minute.

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#10 posted 03-11-2018 08:15 PM

There’s fir then there’s fir. The crappy third growth stuff with 1/2” thick growth rings at the lumberyard isn’t good for much other than framing. If you get some nice clear old growth wood, or even decent second growth with tighter rings, it’s like working with a whole different species.

I think that’s the first fir bowl I’ve seen. nice work.
Rodney

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#11 posted 03-11-2018 08:27 PM



There s fir then there s fir. The crappy third growth stuff with 1/2” thick growth rings at the lumberyard isn t good for much other than framing. If you get some nice clear old growth wood, or even decent second growth with tighter rings, it s like working with a whole different species.

I think that s the first fir bowl I ve seen. nice work.
Rodney

- rodneywt1180b

Hey, Rodney, I’m just up the street from you here in Piece County! Yes, I agree, old growth would be much more preferable. I do have some standing old growth here on the property, but mostly what falls down is the younger stuff and that’s what I’m dealing with. I think next time, I’m going to torch it a little to try to bring out the grain.
Thanks for your comment!

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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#12 posted 03-12-2018 02:33 AM

I caught him but, for some reason, I look like I’ve been some kind of a cat fight.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#13 posted 03-25-2018 04:37 AM

I turn 2x’s and what not. Too, I turn pine from our pine tree, which blowed down, and cedar or redwood from 2x’s..

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