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Forum topic by MikeinSC posted 09-10-2013 02:57 AM 888 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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63 posts in 1983 days

09-10-2013 02:57 AM

Hello all. I am sure this has been covered many, many times over but I am unsure of what to actually search for.

When working with fresh wood, in this case a broken oak tree, how best prepare it for later working? Specifically carving long trough like bowls.

What are some terms I could use to search this topic out from previous posts?


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#1 posted 09-10-2013 03:18 AM

Cut it to a larger size then the bowl/s you plan to make then seal the ends with AnchorSeal
and store it somewhere dry and off the ground/cement floors.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 03:48 AM

Should it be cut in half lengthwise with the grain? Or in logs?

Thanks for the AnchorSeal tip.

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 04:06 AM

they can be worked green. You will want to at least split it down the center preferably off center. when the wood dries it shriks at diferent rates across the summer and winter groth. excluding the “pith” or center ofthe log reduces the stress and the potential for checks. If you work it green a little oversized to allow for distortion it will dry much faster so that it can be finished sooner. search the turning forums for working green or wet material for bowls.

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