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Forum topic by leafherder posted 02-26-2013 08:15 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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leafherder

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02-26-2013 08:15 PM

Hi Everyone,

Where can I find plans for projects using wedges of wood? You know the wedge they cut from the trunk of a tree when they cut it down – I have about 10 of those from when my sister and her husband had their lot cleared to build a house. All have been air dried for over 5 years. Various sizes and various types of wood – walnut, maple, hickory, ash, and some unidentified. I have hand tools and a dremel, so nothing to complicated involving bandsaws or lathes. I was thinking hand carved freeform bowls using the contours of the wedges as the basic shape. Thanks for your help, and have a great day.

-- Leafherder


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RussellAP

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 08:39 PM

They are hard to deal with unless you have a way to cut them down to size and or something that will hold them down while you use a chainsaw. I have a couple of those too, out back.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 08:48 PM

They also tend to split pretty badly, so I tend to split what I can get out of them and use them for small turning projects like bottle stoppers or ornaments.

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 08:51 PM

Yeah, what underdog said. They aren’t really cut right for turning, but if you have one big enough to cut a blank out sideways, that would work.

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 02:11 AM

I have seen the sharp end of the wedge painted red and the outside (bark side) painted green with the rim between the green bark and the red wedge painted light mint green. Add some black seeds and it looks like a wedge of watermellon. They sell for big bucks in gift shops. The one in this picture has a $450 bid on it.

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leafherder

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 08:40 PM

Thanks for the insights Russel and Underdog, I don’t have a lathe so I was never considering any turning projects.

I like your idea Crank, but doubt that I could get $450 for one of mine – although it might look good in my sister’s cabin at the lake.

If anyone else has any ideas I would really love to see them. The wedges I have dried beautifully with no cracking

Thanks Lumberjocks!

-- Leafherder

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