Minor wood gloat

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  • gerti
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2003
    • 2233
    • Minnetonka, MN, USA.
    • BT3100 "Frankensaw"

    Minor wood gloat

    The other day while driving on a chore I noticed a branch of wood on the side of the road, seemed like it had fallen of the truck of a tree trimmer. I caught a glimpse of the cross section, and thought 'Hm, that might be cherry' (mostly wishful thinking, I had never worked with cherry and really wanted to). So on my way back I picked it up (probably did someone a favor as it was in a slightly dangerous location).

    At home I noticed a small shoot that still had some leaves, so I used those to identify the wood (there are some great sites out there for that, eg http://www.oplin.org/tree/index.html or http://www.extension.umn.edu/distrib...es/DD6593.html). It turned out to be black cherry, about a good 4" in diameter and about 5' long.

    I went on to cut of a section to spin it on the lathe, and the most wonderful aroma filled my shop. It smells similar to the fruit, a sweet and rich scent, very pleasant!

    My first result was this beaker:

    Lightly sanded to 600 grid, and finished with a quick coat of walnut oil, which I also never tried before. Lot's of the wood is left, looking forward to it!

  • Whaler
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 3281
    • Sequim, WA, USA.
    • DW746

    Looking forward to seeing more turnings from that score.



    • Jim Ketron
      Forum Newbie
      • Jul 2005
      • 68
      • Weber City, Va, USA.

      Nice Job! and find!
      Nothing like turning cherry turns and finishes soo nice!
      I have about 50 bowl blanks in the shop now rounded and sealed completely with anchorseal ready to turn. The FIL let me take one down on one of his properties. Think im going to sell some of it way to many blanks in the shop.
      (Have Chainsaw-Will Travel) please visit my web site http://home.earthlink.net/~jimandkrista/


      • monte
        Forum Windbag
        • Dec 2002
        • 5242
        • Paw Paw, MI, USA.
        • GI 50-185M

        Very nice!
        Monte (another darksider)
        Reporting Live from somewhere near Kalamazoo



        • Ken Massingale
          Veteran Member
          • Dec 2002
          • 3862
          • Liberty, SC, USA.
          • Ridgid TS3650

          Very nice, Gerd. Might want to set it out in the sun for a few hours, be sure to turn it every 45-60 min. I think you'll like how the Cherry mellows as it 'tans'.


          • Doug Jones
            Established Member
            • Oct 2004
            • 332
            • Indiana
            • Delta 36-444

            Very nice score.
            And even a better turning.
            Remember, cherry will check and crack on ya at the drop of a hat if you don't take the right precautions.