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10-08-2013 11:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question turning milling

I have some real nice sections of cherry that are about 12” across and wonder is the very center of a log the densest and best section to use for mallet making or turning? Thanks Pat

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 09:55 AM

Pat, I’m no turning expert but I believe I read soem time ago when turning the best meth is to turn it end ofr end rather than turning down the diameter of the trunk/butt.

I’m sure someone will come along and provide you with the relevant advice.

Good luck


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#2 posted 10-09-2013 10:42 AM

I am agree with you, this is the nice information related to cherry section of denest.

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 01:17 PM

In turning, the center of the log (the pith) is usually cut out due to cracks/checks being prone to start there. When I get a round of wood my first cut with the chain saw is through the center. I then cut desired sized blocks from the two halves.
The rule of thumb for grain direction is typically as follows:
Grain running horizontal to your lathe bed = spindle work
Grain running vertical to your lathe bed = bowl work

Of course that is just a rule of thumb.

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 01:21 PM

If you want to make a wooden mallet you need Hymenaea courbaril …in merican that’s Jatobá.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 02:35 PM

Dogwood from the base/root area. That’s what I used for my froe maul. Hasn’t split yet.
Got that tip from Sir Roy Underhill.


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#6 posted 10-14-2013 12:26 AM

I’ve found weight to be the most important factor for a carving mallet. Find a pleasing design, make a smallish one and a large one. Use each and add/subtract weight til you find one thats comfortable over a long period of use. I ended with an old used (one) light weight, two a square headed 20 oz american hop hornbeam, and two rummage sale rounders both very light—even granny would need some wt. 4-8oz. Use yellow birch, soft red maple, am. hop hornbeam, red elm, hickory to rehandle most of the wackers. I stay away from pith and youngwood sections in the wackers. Use nicer stuff for tool handles. On Wisconsin!

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#7 posted 10-14-2013 10:46 AM

Great info guys, I really appreciate it. I salvaged two blanks out of the cherry (I think) I also cut a few small straight flat pieces for a couple small projects. Is there a blog or link for how to store them on the forum?

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