Pitch Pine small urn

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Project by rilanda posted 07-06-2012 02:46 PM 2045 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I mentioned on the forum, one of my favorite timbers to turn is Pitch Pine. This small Urn was made from a small piece of Pitch Pine had been a beam in an old building that was being demolished and I managed to acquire it, this was about 25 years ago. The piece of timber hung around in my workshop until I decided what to make with it. The actual piece was small with mortice holes and several other areas of damage so I eventually broke it down into pieces that I could regularize and laminate back together to make a workable piece for my lathe, where possible I tried to laminate together to give a regular pattern to the top, but I was very limited by the small amount of material I had to work with. The knob to the lid is made from a small piece of African Mahogany I found in my bit bag (I waste nothing). Pitch Pine is not the easiest of materials to work with, sanding being particularly difficult with constant clogging of the abrasive, but that was overcome by using a mesh abrasive. But the joy of working with such a beautiful and aromatic timber more than makes up for the problems, my workshop was filled with the aroma of this wonderful timber for days after. The final finish I applied to the piece was three coats of a fortified french polish. Incidentally the lid and the base did start out as one laminated block prior to turning as you will glean from the photos the grain does match through.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 04:43 PM

That is very pretty!

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 04:56 PM

I too work with some pine. Here in South Carolina I would say there are more pine than any other trees, but that’s just a guess. The grain pattern is awesome on your project.
I turned a mallet yesterday out of a fresh pine. Still wet and that was the first time I had turned wet wood. I sure got messy but it sure turned easy and i was pleased with the results. Just waiting to see what happens as it dries.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 04:59 PM

Nice little urn. An excelllent example of someone making something beautiful out of something most would have called scrap. Well done !

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 06:19 PM


A very nice turn

In my favorite for a future turn

Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 07:35 PM

Nice job. that grain is outstanding!!!!!!!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-07-2012 05:15 AM

Very elegant lines and grain reading rilanda!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 07-07-2012 06:19 AM

Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


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#8 posted 07-07-2012 02:23 PM

Nice! I had turned some pine- not sure what kind, but it turned OK. I think that sharp tools are required, though. Thanks for sharing the story and photos.

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#9 posted 07-07-2012 11:15 PM

I have never seen a laminate job done better. You really did an awesome job.


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