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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-24-2020 09:49 PM 400 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2020 09:49 PM

How is spruce to turn, is it like pine and what about the pitch


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#1 posted 10-25-2020 12:40 AM

Yes and yes. About the same. You can find sappy spots, especially near knots. Spruce, pine and fir are bounced together at the lumber. SPF designation, hard to tell the difference without the needles. Spruce has square or diamond shaped needles. Pine are round, and fir needles are flat. Old, slow froth wood with that be grain is best, faster grown wood is fairly coarse.

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#2 posted 10-25-2020 01:30 AM

ok thanks

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#3 posted 10-25-2020 04:59 PM

Spruce is a fairly strong soft light weight wood that was once used to make small airplane frames (and for kites) and Howard Hughes tried to make a large amphibious plane out of it. It only flew once (barely) and is now in a museum in Oregon.
I would not recommend using it for turning but people turn lots of soft woods with varying success. It will probably take a lot of careful cutting and sanding to get a smooth finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-25-2020 05:22 PM

ok thanks

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#5 posted 10-25-2020 08:38 PM

Kiln-dried SPF from the lumberyard is good for spindle practice … helps you learn tool control.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 10-25-2020 09:53 PM

The reason I asked is around where I live spruce tree are dyeing, every one you see is sick. people will be cutting them down. I was wondering if the wood was worth the bother

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#7 posted 10-25-2020 10:00 PM

I have some blue spruce I cut into lumber. I also have some pieces to turn. As I said, if the tree grew fast, it will be coarse grain and harder to finish. Slow growing trees are the best.

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#8 posted 10-25-2020 11:13 PM

ok

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