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    Locust

    Got some locust from my brother when i was up home. Just would like to know if anyone has ever turned it, and what to expect. Does it crack and warp bad,or is it more like mesquite? It sorta looks like mesquite when i ruffed the one piece on the lathe this am.Can i turn it to finish or should i twice turn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Bellinger View Post
    Can i turn it to finish or should i twice turn?
    Boy if you can get it all to shape in 2 revolution your a better man then me I have to kepp the lathe running for several thousand turn before I can get it to shape....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Boy if you can get it all to shape in 2 revolution your a better man then me I have to kepp the lathe running for several thousand turn before I can get it to shape....
    Don this is part of a root ball, and still green. I bagged it up on the trip home so it woun't dry out any. Keith (my brother) has some posts he pulled up from his fence and these were put in the ground about 25 years ago. There still in great shape, but you can't drive a staple or nail in them. He says if he is to reuse them, he'll have to drill them to get the staples in.

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    dont know on the turning steve but had some cut into lumber and it didnt warp bad at all.. and its tough as nail when dry.. your gonna want to turn it green for sure..
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    Steve, I've turned honey locust, and it was pretty stable. I twice turned it, and it was hard as woodpecker lips when dry. Pretty wood though, so a root ball should be worth the effort.


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    There are two types I'm aware of. They are Honey Locust and Black Locust. They are both hard,but turn well, The Black Locust has a pink color. A root bowl should be outstanding. Can't wait to see it fnished!

    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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    Due to my ignorance about english wood names, when I saw the title of this thread I imagined what a locust ( the insect) had to do in this forum, now my curiosity has awakened, could anyone post a pic of that wood?
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