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Forum topic by deeker posted 01-16-2008 09:31 PM 1367 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2008 09:31 PM

While I have been sawing for a few years, I don’t know what to tell a client about large walnut branches.
He wants to use them for crown moldings. I don’t believe that will work, too much spring in the wood and the tension will cause it to do funny things. What about for carvings? Bowls and pens, too much spring for that in the branch wood??? Your help would be greatly appreicated.


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#1 posted 01-16-2008 09:36 PM

Way too much compression/tension to get anything straight out of branches. But for moulding it might
work alright since they will be nailed straight anyway.

Would be interesting for bowls. It might actually add something to them. A little twist during drying.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 09:49 PM

The wood is under a great deal of compression in the limbs… I have always heard they are useless for dimensional wood.

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#3 posted 01-16-2008 11:06 PM

Works well for turnings, at least I have had pretty good luck with it.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 11:33 PM

turn it – don’t burn it
But don’t count on them retaining their roundness. Which for me is usually fine.

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 02:00 AM

Ive cut a lot of larg diameter limb wood and it has done fine but it is hard to find very long lengths.

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 04:29 PM

Compression wood such as that found in branches makes for some interesting turned forms. If it can be turned very thin and kept wet during the turning process (spray bottle of water), it will warp like crazy without cracking. The trick is to turn it as cleanly as possible, so little sanding is needed after drying because it’ll have to be sanded by hand off the lathe.

You can also make nice walking sticks out of the stuff – walnut would be especially nice.

-- Just another woodworker

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