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Thread: Questions on Blank Cutting ?

  1. #1
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    Jul 2008
    Palm Springs, Ca

    Questions on Blank Cutting ?

    A friend that i get wood from at times sent me some pc's he didnt want and i have put pictures of them below. I was wondering how to cut them into turning blanks today, then i thought i would post them here and see what others think of how they would cut these.

    Picture 1 & 2 - is a buckeye small type slab - 13" wide and 16" long but has a rotten spot in the side

    Picture 3,4 - Flat pc of redwood burl - 6" wide and 17" Long

    Picture 5,6 - Oblong round pc of redwood - 5 1/2 wide and 16" long

    Picture 7,8,9 - is a block type pc of buckeye 7 1/2 wide approx and 9" tall I thought maybe a vessel when my hollowing rig arrives.

    The buckeye is nice except for that darn rotten spot in it and i would hate to have to cut it down.......LOL ok any thoughts let me know i would appreciate the input

    Last edited by Dan Mosley; 09-23-2009 at 02:20 AM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Lets see if I can be of assistance, since sending them to me ain't happenin'!

    First, I would use some sealer on the end grain of all. I can't tell how wet they are, but this will help keep them in good shape till you want to turn them.

    #1-2 If your lathe can handle it, I wouldn't cut it - leave the edge natural.

    #3-4 Make two 6 X 6 blanks and cut the 5" left into pen blanks.

    #5-6 Cut it into 3 - 5-1/4 X 5-1/2 blanks.

    The vessal sounds right for 7-8-9.

    If you leave the Buckeye whole, you don't have to worry about the rotten part. Either seal it with "Wood Hardener" or clean it out and turn carefully. Should be a beaut either way.

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

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