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About ramonajim

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    Turning, spare time projects

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  1. Side note.... if you're an Android user, check out Postings (used to be called CLapp). It's a slick Craigslist search tool. You can set up recurring searches based on key words and covering multiple locations. I've found lots of my shop tools using it (table saw, planer, band saw, dust collector, lathe, probably others I'm forgetting). No affiliation other than being a happy user who's kicked a few bucks to the developers. Redefining normal daily
  2. I've worked a fair amount if Osage orange recently - very wet stuff - and haven't had any gumming up of blades or lathe tools. Redefining normal daily
  3. ramonajim

    Cheap log opportunity?

    1. Thanks for all the inputs. Not yet decided if I'm going to grab these, and your thoughts add to my data set as I consider this (obviously very) subjective ROI call. 2. All y'all are making me seriously jealous with your tree service connections. Redefining normal daily
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    Cheap log opportunity?

    I've got a chance to pick up these four cherry logs (9' long, "knee high" in diameter) for little more than the gas and time of a ~ 100 mile round trip. Felled 2 years ago, I assume laying in the same spot since. What do you suppose the chances are that any of them aren't checked to the point they're little more than firewood? Redefining normal daily
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    Box Elder: adventures in turning wet wood

    I did know that box elder is in the maple family. Did some reading when I picked up the trunk - the study I saw concludes the red staining is an injury response. "The stain’s ubiquitous presence in all wounded tissue and the inability of F. solani isolates obtained from boxelder to stain boxelder red in wood block studies indicates that red stain is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to wounding." Source: https://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/pub/php/research/redstain/ Redefining normal daily
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    Box Elder: adventures in turning wet wood

    The exploded bowl back together, and the unexploded bowl finished. Redefining normal daily
  7. About 4 months back, I picked up several sizable trunk pieces from a box elder tree that someone had felled "a few months back." I chainsawed them into manageable sized chunks, sealed the end grain, and stacked/stickered them in my "shop" (such as it is). Got down to 20% moisture content from the 40% + they started from. Pulled the first one out Friday, roughed out a blank, and tossed it on the lathe. The spalting didn't present itself (other than a hint of red on one edge) until I started cutting. This wood is odd to work - seemingly random soft spots (at least I haven't noodled out the logic or contributing grain patterns). The first blank was stunning - until it exploded while I was putting a third coat of BLO/shellac blend on it. I've glued the bits back together best I can, and will be playing with some epoxy & gold glitter to try a Japanese wabi-sabi inspired repair. Shaped the outside of a second blank this afternoon. We'll see how it progresses. Redefining normal daily
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    Osage orange - fiddling with inclusions

    That depends. If I've got some BLO/shellac mix left on hand, it takes about a minute to put the sanding implements away, blow off the dust, glove up, and grab a rag. If I have to make a new batch of finish starting from dissolving the shellac, there might be an hour between "done sanding" and "applying finish." Did I mention patience isn't my strong suit? [emoji12] Redefining normal daily
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    Osage orange - fiddling with inclusions

    About a hunnert years ago, I put myself through school repairing and refinishing antiques. It's only been in the past year I've finally hit a point where time, space, and money have aligned to the point that I've put together a shop and started tinkering. Aside from bowls, I've done a few boxes. Redefining normal daily
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    Osage orange - fiddling with inclusions

    Common, probably not. And most certainly not "proper" if I'm being honest. I just started turning a few months ago, and quickly realized I was going to go broke buying lathe-ready blanks, so I started playing with what I could gather. My complete lack of patience means I'm turning wet wood (this Osage Orange is ~ 25% moisture content). Redefining normal daily
  11. Been playing with some osage orange branches and crotches that I gathered a few weeks back following a storm, trying different approaches to show off the various layers of grain. Here are three examples, each finished with a BLO/shellac blend. Redefining normal daily