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Forum topic by Eddie posted 05-01-2014 03:52 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eddie

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05-01-2014 03:52 PM

So yesterday on my way home from the office I passed by the guy shown below throwing these Maple pieces into a large chipper after he had fell the tree.

I only had my small daily driver but filled the trunk with as much as would fit. Here is what made it home.

Not thinking the wood would be used for anything inparticular the worker cut the pieces a little odd. Some of them showing a lot more end grain than side. I added letters to the photos so that you could comment on a specific piece

I need some advice on how you guys would prep these for turning blanks (im thinking mostly bowls)
Being new to prepping my own blanks, im unsure of the quality of pieces I got. What do you guys think? Did I save myself some money or will most of these be practice blanks?

Please take a look at the pieces and if you have an idea of how to prepare one, let me know

I pretty much understand how to prepare a regular round for a standard bowl blank or natural edge bowl.

But how realistic is it to turn a bowl with end grain running parallel with the lathe bed?

More pics below



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EPJartisan

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 12:45 PM

Unfortunately, I don’t turn bowls… but I dry a lot of wood. I don’t know if bowls should be dry or green..
Regular advice for maple is = do not de-bark, seal ends, let dry 1 year per inch.
These look like the heart wood has started to rot.. I usually scrap out the rot first.
I am jealous of your find.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 12:50 PM

Ha, I saw this last night and when I open the computer it was still on my screen. Just saw that you re-poste in Woodturning. LOL

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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