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post #1 of 7 Old 02-10-2012, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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redwood for turning???????

Hi guys I'm pretty new to turning. I have recently come across a heap of large redwood branches and I am wondering if the are any use for turning, lamps and candle holders etc..... or would I be better off just burning it. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys have. Cheers.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-10-2012, 05:51 PM
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Have never turned Redwood would turn it if had some. If wet might cut into blanks, end seal and let it hang out awhile to air dry. Go for it!
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Cheers pal. Thanks for the advice. It was only cut down on Wednesday morning so I'll blank it up and get some p.v.a. on the end grain. Thanks.
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dont know about turning it but I know it smells great. We split alot of it at work and it can have some interesting patterns in it. Dark red striations and curlyness in some points. Depends on the how large they are. Also makes a great firewood but fresh split smells like a spicey cinnemon something or another. Anyway. Never seen it turned let us know how it goes!
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Will do bond. Thanks for the advice. I'll stick up a couple of pics as soon as I have them. Cheers.
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I have made a few things over the years out of redwood and was pleased with the results. Only issue i had was finishing it as it turns really dark when finish is applied.

I would think turning it you would have good results. It should turn nice and easy i wouldl say.

Any free wood is worth a try in my book

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I don't know if the guys at my local shop are 100% accurate or not but their view on redwood is that when it's wet it turns great, but as it dries thoroughly, it can become brittle and a little hard to finish.
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