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Project by Granddaddy1 posted 06-10-2012 06:39 PM 1462 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a green wood turning with sweet gum. Sweet gum is considered a trash wood in our area, and is generally used only for crating, dunnage and firewood. There is some color variation between heartwood and sapwood, but generally it is not considered for fine woodworking projects. I picked up a few large chunks of the wood at work and tried some turnings with mediocre success. This piece is really the only one of the bunch I felt worthy of showing. This hollow form is approximately 6” in diameter. After a rough turning I stored it in a paper bag filled with green shavings for 6 months to dry before final turning. All of the pieces warped significantly during this time, and most checked to the point that final turning was dangerous. The texturing on this piece was done by eye with a parting tool. The finish is General Finishes yellow dye followed by sanding and then an application of General Finishes Merlot dye (dark red). 4 coats of wipe on poly were applied after that with 2 coats of paste wax. The colors remind me of hot lava. I wish my photography skills were good enough to fully illustrate this.

Thanks for looking.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 07:21 PM

I think you did some nice turning work on this Ron. The color result was well worth the finishing effort. I’ve seen some gum turnings before and they usually look very good, but I wasn’t aware of the checking problems, so even more respect for the ones that turn out good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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