eucalyptus citradora

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Forum topic by REO posted 01-17-2014 12:21 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2014 12:21 PM

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I was in the Seychelles last week for a wedding. a family member gave me a piece of eucalyptus citradora. it is about 16” long and 10” in diameter. I have never used this wood before. Is the finished grain nice looking. would an end grain or laminar bowl or turning be better for its use?

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 12:38 PM

No experience with eucalyptus so went to Hobbit House, tells you to see blue & red gum (sub-species covered).

Might take a look at what have to offer

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 01:53 PM

My sons Cubmaster’s brother got a eucalyptus as a houseplant. It soon outgrew the house so he planted it outside figuring he had nothing to lose and it probably woudn’t last the winter here in St. Louis. 2 years later they had to cut it down because it got so big it was starting to heave the sidewalk.

He “borrowed” a piece and gave it to me to make a pen for his brother. 6 months after cutting, the wood was still incredibly wet. I dried it in the microwave but the first 4 blanks twisted so much they were unusable. I cut the next one big, dried it, trimmed it, dried it some more, trimmed it, dried it again, trimmed it, drilled it, dried it and then let it air dry. The blank still moved enough that I had to use a press to get the brass tube into the blank. The wood was white and grain nondescript. Here’s the finished product:

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 02:06 PM

That is Spotted Gum, heaps around here. It’s a beautiful tree, called spotted because it constantly sheds it’s thin bark and leaves spots. At certain times it sheds all it’s bark and looks like a big celery. Used mainly for good quality carpentry and decking. Most houses here are built with treated pine. Not much figure.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 04:38 AM

G’day Bill,

In Western Australia we call this Lemon Scented Gum do to the aroma when leaves are crushed, really strong.

Lovely timber to turn, light in colour but hard in density.

IMHO..Turn a nice vase etc


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#5 posted 01-18-2014 05:44 PM

G’gay 2leggedtermite, looked up Eucalyptus Citradora since had no idea of what it looked like. Found same information you provided before posting Hobbit House link. Hobbit House often has pictures of turnings, gentleman that runs that sight also a woodturners and occasionally borrows turnings from friends to illustrate different species.

Only other reference could think of is doing an image search for Eucalyptus bowls there is a boat load at Bing & Google images.

-- Bill

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