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    Would you turn this piece of wood?

    Hi,

    I have a pretty piece of wood I would like to turn to make a "dry arrangement" vase.

    I am pretty much a novice at turning. The wood has some cracks. The area where a branch started has all sorts of wood grain changes.
    The long straight line is a pencil mark, not a crack.

    The wood is genuine pallet. It is 1 3/4 x 2 2/8 x approx 10". It is a hard, heavy, dense piece of wood.

    The questions are:
    Would you attempt to turn this piece of wood?
    How would you do it to protect yourself?
    Just plain ole, "How would you do it?"

    It looks like fun. However, I don't want to kill myself in the process and I would like it to look decent when I'm finished.

    Thanks a million for any help.

    Enjoy,

    JimB

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    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 07-07-2012 at 05:11 PM.
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    hey yo ole geezer i wouldnt turn it for two reasons the first is i dont turn at all and the second reason is it has to many flaws in it,, if your outa wood good enough to turn i will send you some worth turning seriously it has checks and knotty area which all will cause you greif and its not wortht he the time to make something out of it burn it jim and get some good wood..
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    Larry,

    I knew it wasn't good wood. However, it appealed to me aesthetically.

    No, I do not want to kill myself to make something pretty. However, I do see turnings from spalted wood. To me spalted wood would have many of the same problems as my pretty piece of pallet wood. The "earthiness" of the wood appealed to me---sort of like a REALLY WATERED DOWN version of Vaughn's piece of burned manzaneta (OK I can't spell it).

    Yes, I have two wood stoves. Yes, I can use it for firewood. But I don't want to.

    Enjoy,

    JimB
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    well,, you asked for an opinion and you got one so now you can do as you please and the blinker and noise maker is still working good as gold
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    OK Jim first of all Pallets are generally made of white oak and white oak is not my favorite wood to turn that being said the piece actually doesn't look that bad to me. I would chuck it up and make something out of it.
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    Jim sure you can. Would i no ,as i don't like oak, and it looks like white oak from here. The thing i don't like about oak is if it's not real dry, it will crack even more than it is. It also warps like crazy, at least for me. Now after saying all that, put some CA in them cracks, put it on the lathe and give it a spin. Make really light cuts with sharp tools, and see what becomes of it. Good luck,and make sure you have your face shield on.

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    I'll echo Steve. Aside from the fact that it's white oak and I'm not fond of turning oak, iIt's highly turnable...those cracks would not concern me. (Of course I'd be wearing full face protection when turning it.)
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    I can't help you there Jim but I'm surprised that pallets in US are made of oak! Here oak wood is precious!
    Best regards,
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    Toni, they use the OAK 4x4's for the inside of the pallets so they can withstand the weight without being crushed.
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    Thanks for the info Don, here all pallets are made of bad pine wood.
    Best regards,
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