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    Red oak is so porous you can literally blow air...

    Red oak is so porous you can literally blow air through it. If your piece is meant for utility (as opposed to display), you'll want to tell the recipient not to put anything liquid in it.... it'll go...
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    Oh... another good use... wood shavings make...

    Oh... another good use... wood shavings make excellent fire-starter material.
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    The vast majority of mine go into an outside box...

    The vast majority of mine go into an outside box my FIL built, and from there to anywhere that is useful (mostly as mulch around trees and plants). I do use them with rough-turned bowls to slow the...
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    Overall, I'm not a fan of pine, but I've seen...

    Overall, I'm not a fan of pine, but I've seen beautiful things made from wood I had previously rejected as worthless. I'm thinking green pine would be pretty messy because of the sap, but it...
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    Absolutely needs to come off the lathe... but it...

    Absolutely needs to come off the lathe... but it might be worth cutting a smaller salvageable piece out... it would kinda depend on what it looks like. From the picture, it doesn't look particularly...
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    I usually give up on a piece of wood only if I...

    I usually give up on a piece of wood only if I feel unsafe. That said, some of your examples (while certainly beautiful) would have fit into that category.

    So... I'm not sure my answer is of any...
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    I've used wipe-on poly, oil, and wax. Oil (BLO in...

    I've used wipe-on poly, oil, and wax. Oil (BLO in my case) doesn't seem to work well in my opinion... it darkens the wood more than I like. WOP gives a beautiful shine and nice color. However, if I...
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    Those really are beautiful! My son introduced me...

    Those really are beautiful! My son introduced me to these things a while back and wanted me to make him one. I didn't go through with it in part because I didn't know where to get the bearings, but...
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    I can understand that. Luckily my weekends are...

    I can understand that. Luckily my weekends are usually free (at least as far as work is concerned). If you get a chance to drop in some time, you'll be welcome.
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    No kidding! I'm horrible with names, Tim, but are...

    No kidding! I'm horrible with names, Tim, but are you a member of Palmetto Woodturners?
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    My first thought was hickory, though I wouldn't...

    My first thought was hickory, though I wouldn't take my word on it. If it is hickory, it will be quite hard (especially if dry), and likely will dull tools quickly. With sharp tools, it cuts cleanly...
  12. I have two from separate purchases of the HF34706...

    I have two from separate purchases of the HF34706 lathe (which is a clone of the Jet JWL-1236)... they're basically useless (as mentioned, too much flex).
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    The best part about giving away bowls is that the...

    The best part about giving away bowls is that the recipient has no real right to complain (i.e. if the finish fails or it develop cracks, etc). :D

    I give away the vast majority of my work.. as I...
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    Finally turned a piece of this today. It smells...

    Finally turned a piece of this today. It smells like cherry, cuts like cherry, sands like cherry. Looks like cherry too. So I'm going with cherry.

    The figuring in this wood is just gorgeous....
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    My vote would be to leave it unless the hole is...

    My vote would be to leave it unless the hole is going to be a problem. Obviously, if it's going to be used, you have to do something. But if it can be an ornamental piece, I think it's too beautiful...
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    Hmm... I used it both during turning and...

    Hmm... I used it both during turning and immediately following. The wood was too wet to sand yet, so I applied extra CA to the bark and let it dry. I finished one of the two bowls today. The top of...
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    Poly on CA

    A similar question to one recently asked, but a somewhat different situation. I have a couple of natural-edged bowls I will be finishing soon. I used CA to stabilize the bark and was thinking of a...
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    I've never melted any down, but I have purchased...

    I've never melted any down, but I have purchased HDPE for turning non-stick pen bushings. You can get rods from Amazon for fairly cheap and CA doesn't readily stick to it (Though it does stick to...
  19. Thread: Wood ID?

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    Definitely not walnut. The pictures don't show...

    Definitely not walnut. The pictures don't show the color very well, but it's reddish, not dark or muddy brown.

    I need to ask some questions from my FIL who cut it down about where it was and...
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    If it is cherry, I'm going to kick myself very...

    If it is cherry, I'm going to kick myself very hard... We split almost all of it for firewood... I only grabbed enough for three small bowl blanks out of the whole pile...
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    Wood ID?

    I imagine this is a bit of a longshot since I have very little information to go on, but can anyone tell me what this stuff is?
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    My initial thought is hickory. I've also been...
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    Excellent work! Pine is prone to tear-out and it...

    Excellent work! Pine is prone to tear-out and it looks like you have some nice clean cuts here, so it looks like you're picking it up quickly.

    Early on when I had a hard time finding turning...
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    I'm glad I wasn't the only one that got...

    I'm glad I wasn't the only one that got sidetracked on that :D.
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    You're probably going to need a closer picture of...

    You're probably going to need a closer picture of the endgrain for the experts on here to make a positive ID. I'm not in any way an expert, but my immediate thought was maple...
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    Cherry darkens over time anyway, so I wonder if...

    Cherry darkens over time anyway, so I wonder if the inside might eventually "catch up". Actually, I wonder if the solution might be a way to age cherry without the wait...
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