Turning cypress

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by ldl posted 02-17-2013 06:04 PM 3112 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ldl's profile


1135 posts in 2329 days

02-17-2013 06:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question cypress lathe turning

Has anyone turned any cypress? Reason I ask is my son has found a fell log about 8’ long in the woods about 14”-16” at big end and 8”-9” at small end. Looked like might have been left by loggers. When I get my chainsaw tuned up next week he is going to get me a blank to try before we cut the whole tree. Don’t want to cut it for nothing. Just wondering if anyone had used it before.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

8 replies so far

View TCCcabinetmaker's profile


932 posts in 2318 days

#1 posted 02-17-2013 06:20 PM

I’m not too sure it wouldn’t have too much whip to turn kinda depends on the log I spose.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

View Diggerjacks's profile


2236 posts in 3102 days

#2 posted 02-17-2013 06:30 PM

Hello Idl

I have try and try again but no great results for me
This is my personal experience

I will read this post with interest because I have some cypres in my shop ….......

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

View cosmicturner's profile


403 posts in 3359 days

#3 posted 02-17-2013 07:00 PM

I am pretty sure all wood except maybe petrified can be turned, I am uncertain about what whip is? I would have that log in my wood pile I do know that!

-- Cosmicturner

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

4901 posts in 3924 days

#4 posted 02-17-2013 07:33 PM

It’ll turn ‘cause it is very soft wood. Dry it well before tryin’ to turn it.


View hunter71's profile


3155 posts in 3150 days

#5 posted 02-17-2013 07:54 PM

I see no reason it would not turn. I am turning goblets from Elm and they said you can’t turn Elm.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View ldl's profile


1135 posts in 2329 days

#6 posted 02-17-2013 08:12 PM

The tree is somewhat inaccessible is why I asked. My son found it while hunting and he crossed a creek with rather steep banks to get to it. He is going to see if he can find a way around the creek so he could get to it with my Honda atv. If he can find a way around we may try to pull the whole tree out with the atv.

I tolld him to get me a blank from the short end and I would try it and see what it looked like. I turned 2 bowls from the chinaberry tree I cut from the burn pile of my friend the land clearer a couple of week ago. They were green and I put in paper sack. I will check them probably first of March.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

View hairy's profile


2655 posts in 3496 days

#7 posted 02-17-2013 08:30 PM

The only cypress I turned was kiln dried. I like it.

-- My reality check bounced...

View ldl's profile


1135 posts in 2329 days

#8 posted 02-18-2013 04:09 PM

Hariy this tree is a downed tree and no idea how long it has been down. I don’t know if it would be considered green or dry. Probably somewhere in between. Haven’t seen it yet so don’t know anything right now.

By the way I like the tower bird house. I haven’t did much segmented turning as is kinda time consuming. JMHO

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics