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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    It could be that science is a form of magic...

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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Serious question. Can sleeper wood be turned? Or would it be to hard on the chisels/gouges?

    There is a sleeper wood place not too far from me and I saw they have some smaller blocks or offcuts. I have seen someone using these as firewood, so maybe it is even too messed up to turn. Any ideas?
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    If you use carbide tools I am sure it can be turned.
    What I'm not sure of is whether the grain is compromised in certain areas?
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    You could also use a chainsaw and get it close and then maybe an angle grinder with a sanding disc to finish it off. Similer to a toolpost grinder in a lathe for hardened steel.

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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    If the 'sleeper wood' is actual Indonesian teak, it can be worked with normal steel tools, there is just a lot of silica content in the wood which dulls the edges quickly, so regular resharpening is needed. I'd not recommend carbide as I think the silica will not play well.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    So I know that sleeper wood is quite hard no matter if it is Rhodesian or Indonesian teak or whatever, but was still unsure if it would be a good idea to try it.

    Then I made a handle for someone from some random piece of very hard firewood, and it really took its toll on my poorly sharpened roughing gouge (I really need to learn to sharpen better)

    Any case, here is a crosscut piece from my blank that is about 10mm thick. I did no sanding or cleaning on it. It is just as it left my table saw. Very hard, dense wood. Photo of the handle will follow later.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Oh, and another question.

    Has anyone ever used polyester resin to "stabilize" wood that has cracks instead of epoxy?

    Epoxy is damn expensive compared to polyester resin, but I also understand that the polyester might be brittle.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    I have used this combination with good success.

    Not really cheap, but a little goes a long way and it's FAST!

    Place the wood on wax paper, run the Genkem into the crack and spray with the Soudal. It's an activator and the glue sets basically instantly.

    Note the Soudal comes in a kit with it's own glue but that is gummy and doesn't run into the cracks well. Might work for very big cracks.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Namakwalander View Post
    Oh, and another question.

    Has anyone ever used polyester resin to "stabilize" wood that has cracks instead of epoxy?

    Epoxy is damn expensive compared to polyester resin, but I also understand that the polyester might be brittle.
    Depending on the depth and width of the crack, super glue and some sawdust from the same piece of wood works well.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    A bit of a hijack...

    I've made large sculptures out of pine logs - not done yet, but am worried about insects and such getting in there. Also stabilising the cracks. 1500mm tall.

    Both will be mounted on steel base.

    I don't want to lose the analogue 'wooden' vibe, and won't be applying any deck dressing etc

    Ideas welcome!



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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    I have used this combination with good success.

    Not really cheap, but a little goes a long way and it's FAST!

    Place the wood on wax paper, run the Genkem into the crack and spray with the Soudal. It's an activator and the glue sets basically instantly.

    Note the Soudal comes in a kit with it's own glue but that is gummy and doesn't run into the cracks well. Might work for very big cracks.
    I always have a whole lot of Zwaluw super glues because of the cost and the containers are small enough that if something does go wrong, I can chuck it in the bin and not worry. But I also have the same thick superglue and activator like you have there that I use for small cracks. I don't know the superglue you have there, but the Zwaluw is also nice and thin for thin cracks. And once I get gatvol for waiting for it to set, I spray it with the activator and continue with life.

    But I have never used the wax paper, I prefer to glue myself and all my tools into one big mess.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Another random question.

    Anyone make and use the Oland type tools?

    I see Adendorffs has a few options for high speed steel that one should be able to use. (Machining - Adendorff Machinery Mart)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonRSA View Post
    A bit of a hijack...

    I've made large sculptures out of pine logs - not done yet, but am worried about insects and such getting in there. Also stabilising the cracks. 1500mm tall.

    Both will be mounted on steel base.

    I don't want to lose the analogue 'wooden' vibe, and won't be applying any deck dressing etc

    Ideas welcome!



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    Paint with turpentine, its a very good wood preservative , also helps against insect infestation and it keeps that anologue wooden vibe(wat dit ookal mag beteken)
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Has anyone tried making something from saligna like pictured below? Would it be the same as the pink planks one often find in pallets?
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Namakwalander View Post
    Has anyone tried making something from saligna like pictured below? Would it be the same as the pink planks one often find in pallets?
    I won't. Too soft and coarse grain. Harder wood with fine grain works much easier and finishes better
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    I was under the impression Saligna - bloekom - IS a hardwood, with pine and Meranti the softwood?

    Relatively speaking now.

    My solid groove and tongue Saligna TV room flooring is holding up well for more than a decade now, and the microlight replacement prop was made of laminated Saligna Grandis.

    Also, this timber is used extensively for props in mines.

    Or is it that Saligna does not machine well? Please enlighten.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    I think I will have to try it anyway. I have heard and read lots of different things about saligna and think it should be OK to take a chance. If it doesn't turn, there will be other things that I can make of the wood by chopping it down with my table saw.

    As an example, here is a clock I made (still busy with) from a mixed selection of pallet wood. Face and edge grains. It wasn't the easiest thing to turn with the poor way I sharpen my tools, but it did work out OK. If you look at the end result, there is a pink strip which I think is saligna. I have found two types of these in pallets, one harder that like to make burn marks when rip cutting and one of a slightly lighter colour, but still harder than pine.

    So I was sort of hoping someone could confirm that it might be one of the above, but maybe I should just take a chance.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    At least I am giving this hobby my awl...

    One is braai wood and the other is some mystery wood that I got as a gift. Ferrules are from shotgun shells.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Don't mean to hijack the thread, maybe someone that does wood work can help me out here, I'd like to sell this saw, I have no idea what it's worth. Any help will be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by njvermaak View Post
    Don't mean to hijack the thread, maybe someone that does wood work can help me out here, I'd like to sell this saw, I have no idea what it's worth. Any help will be appreciated.
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