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    So, been watching this tree for years.

    I have a red maple tree that was standing by the edge of my driveway, had to have been 30 or 40 years old. It was about a foot in diameter, not huge, but it developed a LARGE burl about 7 feet up the trunk. I watched them tree carefully for the past 7 years but last fall appeared to be it's last hurrah. Yesterday I cut it down before it started to rot. The wood has some serious spalting and is truly magnificent. The burl will need to dry for a few years, but I threw a chunk on the lathe today. To say it was too wet to turn is an understatement. That didn't stop me. Well, not until I had it pretty well roughed out, then, it started warping and deforming while it was still spinning. Discretion being paramount when spinning a 20 pound chunk of maple at 100 mph, I stopped. I left it on the plate and brought it in the house to dry some. I was literally took "wood mud" out of the center.

    We will see what happens from here
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    How long has it been since you had wood?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    How long has it been since you had wood?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    How long has it been since you had wood?
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Opus51569 again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    Discretion being paramount when spinning a 20 pound chunk of maple at 100 mph, I stopped.
    Like this?

    Something like this may be a neat project.

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    Sweet

    Keep us posted

    Are you concerned it will crack going into the house?

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    That's awesome. I'm really into Bonzai trees, but I don't think I could do anything like that if one of them goes. Nice work.

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    I've always wanted to do something like that. I think my wife would kill me if I started another hobby... maybe in a few years when I retire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain View Post
    I've always wanted to do something like that. I think my wife would kill me if I started another hobby... maybe in a few years when I retire.
    At retirement, the REAL HONEYDEW list starts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akirasho View Post
    At retirement, the REAL HONEYDEW list starts....
    She knows better than to give me a honeydew list. That's been a no-go since we got married. If she has a list... she can start working on it.
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    Chain, not sure if you were responding to me or ToG. My little Bonzai forest is really easy to take care of. A few minutes every couple of days or so. Now ToG's projects... another story. He does a lot more. Can't comment on honeydo lists because I failed to set ground rules 26 years ago and now I'm hosed.

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    The "bowl blank" dried enough for me to get back to it. Yesterday I finished it as far as I could safely. Not my best work but...

    It has a few cracks, and some rough spots but I am stabilizing it with urethane. The wood is pretty.

    I was getting a lot of tear out, and speeding it up may have helped that but it was warping and spinning it at 100mph did not seem like it was the safest idea, lol.
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    You see the problems, I only see the beauty.

    I think the one thing that it needs is 100 years of handling. That will finish it off nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    You see the problems, I only see the beauty.

    I think the one thing that it needs is 100 years of handling. That will finish it off nicely.
    Why thank you, I have at least 6 planks of highly spalted maple ranging from an inch to 2.5 inches thick stacked under roof with good air circulation just waiting. A friend (bike boy 3xx?) is building guitars, I talked to him about some wood and what he would like. I would love to see that happen. A friend and I are considering building a solar kiln to dry wood better, faster.

    The problems I ran into were totally out of my control, so I don't feel so bad about them. I just didn't want it flying apart in my face, needless to say. I am happy with the composition.
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    Amazing.

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    Bar top for my son, same tree, 2 of the planks. We had to glue it up to be able to plane it (10 inch planer)
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    She dried flat, about an inch and a quarter thick. One coat of solvent based urethane on it so far. Looks almost rippled in the picture but it is flat and smooth. It will be a lazy susan in the middle of our table!
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    Any resin to be used? Lately, I've been seeing a lot of table top made with old tree and resin. I wonder if this is the trend now.


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    Some nice curl in that

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    Any resin to be used? Lately, I've been seeing a lot of table top made with old tree and resin. I wonder if this is the trend now.

    Nope, no resin, I have seen a lot too, but I am kind of a purist, so just wood!

    Working on another too, sliced 2 and glued, book-matched, more pics to come, clamped and glued in the shop right now
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    nice wood.... twss
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    pretty happy with the way this came out, there is a 10 inch turntable under it,

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    But wait, there's more
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    That is the most ridiculous helmet I've ever seen. No straps? I mean, the minute you look down it's just going to slide right off your head...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    That is the most ridiculous helmet I've ever seen. No straps? I mean, the minute you look down it's just going to slide right off your head...
    It's for giving haircuts.

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