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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 07-24-2015 04:32 PM 865 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up a slab of Cyrus at the Habitat for humanity for $10.00 for this beauty. What should I do with this; any ideas?

A friend of mine had a Poplar tree go down so he cut me some nice disks – 6”-8”&12” disk.

-- Mike



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Ocelot

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 05:51 PM

The disks will soon crack as if somebody took a slice out of the pie.

It might be possible to do something with them quickly but I don’t think you can prevent that.

See Understanding Wood, by R. Bruce Hoadley

That big chunk I would resaw. You might get some nice, but short, boards out of it.

-Paul

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woodmaker

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 06:09 PM

Oh yes I understand that about cracking. I’m sealing the snot out of them but these are green wet, so I wait and see.
Should have had him cut them from the round and not end grain as it is.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 06:42 PM

I totally agree with Paul. That is what I did with a sycamore tree when I first started turning and even though I attempted to seal them they cracked up very quickly.

You might get lucky if you turn them to a consistent thickness right away. You can turn to finished thickness (sides and bottom) with end grain turnings and small cracks at the bottom can be glued with super glue to keep them from getting worse.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodmaker

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 07:00 PM

So ya’ll are saying this is not all it’s cracked up to be. LOL!

I hope to minimize it, but we’ll see.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 07-24-2015 07:50 PM

Nice of your neighbor to cut 5the poplar slabs for you, but they should have had them cut longer and the center of the log might have been solid enough to turn … A lot of guys turn green wood and seal it,then fine turn after it dries … look into the turning site or blog here on LJ’s.

You said that your big block or log is Cyrus, do you mean Cypress?? If so, that wood is great for outdoor projects.
So Re-saw and let your mind wander with the help of SWMBO.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 07:52 PM

If scan chapters 4 & 13 might pick up a few ideas.
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/several_pubs.php?grouping_id=100&header_id=p

Looking at the second picture recommend cutting away the pith and end sealing the wood till figure out what you want to make. Would end seal those disk too without splitting. Can use Anchor seal/green wood sealer, canning wax, or paint ends with latex or oil base to end seal.

Would store in cool dry place off the ground until ready to turn wet or dry wood.

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 07-24-2015 07:56 PM

If you read Hoadley’s book, he writes that when he was a boy of about 10, he went to a lumberjack competition. In one of the events in the competition, the competitors sawed as many disks off a log as possible within some time limit. The winner, of course, was the man or woman who sawed off the most disks. Afterwards, they were just raking them aside. Boy Hoadley asked “can I have one of those?”. The answer “take as many as you want!”. So he took as many as he could carry home and lined them up on his dresser – just amazed at his good fortune. Before morning (as I remember the story), some had already cracked. One by one they all cracked. That experience led to his career in wood – because he wanted to understand why that happened.

May it have such a happy result for you as well!

-Paul

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