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Forum topic by shipwright posted 01-26-2014 06:37 PM 9399 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2014 06:37 PM

We just had a pepper tree (Schinus molle) cut down in our yard and I saved some of the trunk. I milled a sample and it was impressed with its hardness and weight. The tree died over a year ago and has been standing in the Az. sun ever since. It’s only a few inches in diameter and appears quite dry but with very little checking. Just wondering what if any experiences you may have had with it.

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 06:51 PM

Don’t know about pepperwood, but in general “ornamental’ tree wood is very interesting to work with. They are generally slow growing and thus have very tight growth rings and hence a denser wood. I always found that these woods turn well.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 07:03 PM

the wood does look dense and and is a lovly cream colored wood, maybe ken has a good idea, try turning some, i have no doubt you will come up with something beautiful…i look forward to seeing what becomes of this..i had a good size holly in my yard and it now is here, ready for future projects…have fun with it paul

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 07:15 PM

Does it smell like pepper? ;)

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 07:16 PM

Probably turns well. Maybe, turn a salt shaker?

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 07:41 PM

A pepper mill seems appropriate.

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 07:50 PM

There you go! . . LOL

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#7 posted 01-26-2014 07:57 PM

I mostly only turn pieces for larger projects but my friend Arnie is a turner and he will be turning a pepper mill from it.
It does seem appropriate.

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 08:04 PM

Searched google for Schinus molle wood and got this:
Timber: Heartwood is a dull, light red, deepening upon exposure and becoming more or less purplish and rather oily looking; distinct but not sharply demarcated from the brownish-grey sapwood; moderately hard and heavy, specific gravity (air-dry) 0.54-0.68; texture medium to fine, uniform; grain variable, often irregular; very easy to work; durability high; wood is termite resistant and therefore suitable for posts.

First link is a pdf and says:
The wood is resinous, heavy, hard, fine textured, and resistant to termites. It has an average density of 0.669 g per cm3 (Schulte and oth- ers 1992). The wood is used for posts and interior floors; farm implements, such as ploughs, yokes, and tool handles; rustic furniture; and home construction.

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 12:14 AM

Looks like it will make a nice anything

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 06:53 AM

My vote is for a Salt shaker. I like the irony of it.

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