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Forum topic by Gregn posted 06-13-2011 04:46 AM 1653 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2011 04:46 AM

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My peach tree died and had to be removed. I cut off the branches and dug around the root to pull the rest of the tree from the ground. I plan to use this for a couple of projects. One of those projects is to clean up the small root ball part of the tree and turn it on the lathe.
Since I consider myself a beginner at turning. The question is what can I expect in its stability to turn either a solid form or a hollowed form.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 12:05 PM

my mentor and I tried to turn a root ball… it went not that well, but not horribly.

It was fairly solid, so that was good… however it had lots of surface defects some cavities, and those were filled with dirt & rocks.

We put a serious hurt on the chainsaw, ruined the bandsaw blade, and had to sharpen the tools every few minutes while turning.

Also, this was done on an enormous oneway lathe, that we were able to slow way way way down & adjust the belt for more torque and less speed.

Were I to do it again I’d do it sooner ( I let the root ball sit in my yard for the winter), and I’d take it to a car wash first and power wash the $%^& out of it

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 02:59 PM

Thanks for your response. Like yourself, I’m afraid this one has set to long to be green yet. A trip to the car wash is definitely in order for sure. Glad to hear that it is solid I was concerned that it might want to fall apart while turning. I will make sure to turn at low speed. Not sure yet what I will turn with it, had thought about maybe a bowl or something on that order. What did you turn with yours?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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