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Forum topic by JoshO posted 07-12-2009 03:14 AM 1110 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JoshO

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07-12-2009 03:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spruce

So I cut off the bottom 7 ft of branches from what I am told is a Colorado Blue Spruce and some of the branches are up to 1.5 inches in diameter. Is this material I should consider keeping for future possible projects? Is it too small to be generally useful for anything? I know the obvious solution would be pen blanks or spindle blanks, but I do not have a lathe, and do not currently see getting one in the near future.

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#1 posted 07-12-2009 03:20 AM

In my opinion you have the makings of a good campfire and that is about all. While Blue Spruce is a wonderful tree to have around the yard, the branches won’t do you much good in the shop. If you had a large trunk and the ability to cut it into boards you might have a little luck with some basic framing materials.

Most woodworkers avoid the branches of a tree because they tend to twist and warp as they dry. Since they spend their lives holding up weight, when they are dried they tend to go all sorts of directions.

Best of luck though. Maybe someone else has another opinion and better suggestions.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 07-12-2009 02:43 PM

Maybe some “oysters”....1/2” thick rounds cut from the branches. Dried in a microwave. If you’re in to that sort of decorative work.
Other than that, Durnik has the right idea. Break out the hot dogs and marshmallows.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 07-12-2009 03:14 PM

branch wood is not good wood. all of the stresses in it when you cut it up itll just go everywhere.

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#4 posted 07-12-2009 03:16 PM

Just don’t burn it in your fireplace in your house. When you burn evergreens like this and pine and such you run the risk of lining the flue with pitch, which can catch fire. Best to be on the safe side and burn it out side.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#5 posted 07-12-2009 06:48 PM

It just so happens that I really dig camping. So firewood sounds like a wonderful option.

put them in the microwave? seriously?

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#6 posted 07-12-2009 08:21 PM

Yep. Seriously. If they are cut thin enough, a few minutes at 70 would probably dry them sufficiently to be stored in an air tight, moisture proof container.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 08:59 PM

genes right. a lot of turners dry thier bowls in the microwave too.

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