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    Hope not a dumb question

    Has to do with them christmas trees we throw away.

    I have a nice about 6" dia doug fir just waiting to be stripped and cut up, Its about dried up nice.

    Is DF good for turning, I was wondering if after it is below a certain moisture content can the trunk be used for small turnings? Maybe cut into, say, 24" sections and make candle holders or something.

    Thanks.

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    Burn it. Enuf said.

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    Julio,

    I know nothing about turning except that it makes me dizzy if I do it too much!

    However, how about turning a few ornaments from each year's tree to hang on the future trees? How cool to have the product of past trees to use as decoration for those to come!
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Burn it. Enuf said.
    Is that a no?

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    You'll have sap all over everything, even when it get bone dry.
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    Hi ya Julio!

    Love that Avatar!

    I agree with the others, burn it, it will just make a mess, but then again, you could save the last 18" or so, cut it into 6" pieces and leave them on your shelf for a while (Seal the ends or they will crack) and they give it a whirl, if they are full of sap, like we think, then you will have some cool looking firewood, if they turn nice, you can prove us all wrong

    Cheers!
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    I did keep a couple of ends that the tree place cut off when we bought the tree. I saved them just to see how much sap it would bleed. They have since dried a bit and I havent seen any sap. I may try and turn those and see if they turn any good.

    How about palm trees? We a have a ton of em down here in Florida. Ive never seen what a palm tree trunk looks like not even sure if they are any good for wood working but if they are I can get a truck load for free.

    (thanks for the compliment Stu, I ve been trying to sell that thing and get a nice Unisaw with the proceeds)
    Last edited by Julio Navarro; 01-05-2007 at 04:49 PM.

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    Hey Julio,

    I haven't done any turning so I probably can't help much, but I think palms are actually a member of the grass family like bamboo. If I recall correctly the trunks are very porous. I don't know if they could damage a lathe in any way, but if not why not give it a try? You may have something unique!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio Navarro View Post
    Is that a no?
    Yes, NO in a big way. Lousy stuff to turn.
    There is a place along the highway about halfway from where I live and Little Rock, Arkansas that puts cut-offs from pine that they make products from. There is usually a mountain of the stuff with a sign encouraging taking for free. Most probably is used for fireplace kindling. I took some hunks to turn. Ended up in scrap pile real quick. Stringy, doesn't behave, just flat lousy to turn. Good kindling though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Stringy, doesn't behave, just flat lousy to turn. Good kindling though.
    Infact, Frank, the cut offs I have do seem rather stringy, good point, doenst seem like it has a lot of fiber stiffness. Would seem abotu right for a young tree.

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