Wood IDs #14: Figured out what kind of Eucalyptus it was that I found

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-31-2009 04:08 AM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s a #2 phillips, based on the seed pods.

Eucalyptus sp. seed pods have #2 phillips screwdriver holes in them

In other news, I stuck all the old sets of the tree find and subsequent handlings (ongoing) into a collection here. I also went through and rotated some that were on their sides, added descriptions to some missing them, and finally made everything public, as I’d forgotten to on several, like these:

shrunken euc cup on lathe drive plate

shrunken euc cup on lathe drive plate

That’s from May 4th, and shows significant shrinkage of the euc cup. It had been turned and sanded flush with the lathe drive plate less than 2 months prior, as shown in this shot from March 20th:

sealing a turned Eucalyptus cup

I forgot to remove it from the plate, and it sat there for about a month and a half, shrinking. I accidentally created for myself some rather good empirical data on shrinking percentages here.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 05:58 AM

#2 Phyllips. I’d not seen that one in the text books that I’ve got, but, I found it the “Chiltons Manual” for my 1980 Minivan.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 06:42 AM

yep, Karson’s ticker is back and working just fine.
Gary, you should write a book. “Everything you ever wanted to know about any living tree and then some” Man, you have more data than wiki But you sure come up with some cool stuff. I’m still thinking about that juniper with the red color. That was really pretty

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 06:54 AM

Very interesting

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#4 posted 05-31-2009 12:46 PM

Karson! Glad you’re back, and I hope you’re feeling alright. Does your minivan smell pretty like eucalyptus?

Gary – Thanks, but I’ve got a long road ahead! One day at a time, I suppose.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 05-31-2009 04:37 PM


I tried packing my “wet” turnings in the left over shavings, wrapping them in several layers of newspapers and then sticking the whole thing in a paper bag. It slows down the drying process and reduces some of the warping- it’s not perfect but helps.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 05:11 AM

Lew – interesting. That’s the second time I’ve heard that this week. There must be something to it.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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