Any wood is usable

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 03-02-2011 10:13 PM 2528 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would do a little turning just to show that any wood is usable. This is a branch trimmed from a plum tree and is roughly 3/4” in diameter. I used a mini wood lathe but a drill press or even a drill motor could be used with a little set up. The turn tool was a 1/4” scrapper only with a parting tool to show where I would part the project off. As I look around there are so many possibilities for working wood whether its on a lathe, using hand tools or whatever to shape the wood. Big chunks of wood are drooled over but there are lots of other possibilities when those big chunks are not in the shop.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 10:18 PM

I just started taking a wood turning class. It certainly expands the possibilities.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 11:02 PM

There is a certain coolness about taking a branch and making something fun out of it. Good Job.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 11:37 PM

Wow, I love this.

I may have accidentally killed an apple tree sapling last summer, about the same diameter as your branch. If it doesn’t come back to life this spring it’s destined for my woodshop.

Did you dry this wood at all or turn it green?

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 02:05 AM

Why does the bark look like it has frost on it? Really interesting texture?


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 04:37 AM

Very sweet little turning!

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

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 06:11 AM

Elizabeth, The wood is very dry. I have turned very little green wood because I don’t have the pateince to wait for half a project to dry for months.
spunwood, The bark is very thin and the tiny edges of the bark are very light in color.
Big_Bob, You right, this turning stuff is very addictive!
Thanks Jack & Jim!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 10:14 PM

youv’e got a lovely finish in this one:)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 09:53 PM

Looks great. Very cool little turning. I like the way you left the bark at the bottom. This is a great example of proving any wood is usable. Martyn also provided some proof along those lines with this. Well done

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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