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    Just didiboppin down the road

    Whoa there little truck whats that hey someone's cuttin down a tree quick turn around. Hey there fella what kind of tree is that? It's a locust tree. Do you know what the owner is going to do with the wood. He burning it why. I was hoping to get a piece or 2 for turning. I got a nice chunk from a big limb. So is this any good for turning?
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    Yes it is...it's free right?

    Seriously though...locust is good for turning, but it can get REAL hard once it drys out. I usually turn it to final shape and hope for the best by putting it in paper bags and check on it every few days. If the bag is damp, I put it in a fresh one. Post some pics when you turn something with it.
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    she be hard when dry and yelo, bart makes great fence posts.
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    Please could someone enlighten me, locust wood is the same as carob tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Please could someone enlighten me, locust wood is the same as carob tree?
    Mmmm... they're actually related to the carobs, Toni. Same family, but different subfamily. Carob is of subfamily Caesalpinioideae, while the locusts are of subfamily Faboideae.
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    It's very stringy, but I've turned a bunch of it and it can be very pretty.

    Bruce
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    "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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    Thanks guys. maybe I'll be glad I only got 1 big limb.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    I sealed the log ends with paraffin this morning.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Even dried, high of speed as safe, sharp tools, light cuts, it will turn beautifully. It is one of the woods when dry that can put shavings on your arm hot enough to wake you up! Yellowish, sometimes orange, beautiful wood.
    Jon

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