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inaspin

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Hi all

I have been offered a load of cedar but can't find out much about it as regards to turning, do any of you have any experience with turning it.

Regards
Berns
 

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Hi Berns Turns very nice. Cedar has a lot of resin so a finish can be a problem. If wet turn as you do with other types of wood and leave to dry. The smell of the wood is lovely. Regards Roger
 

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My only experience is with very dry cedar recovered from a friends woodpile. I had to work round the rotten bits. However, as mentioned, the smell is lovely and I found it very easy to turn and considering that it was early in my turning life, also found it took a finish very easily.

I have recently, 'revisited' some of those early bits and as I am becoming converted to 'shiny' since I got my buffing equipment sorted (I still like a lustre on some things), I find that the cedar polishes up very well indeed and has a glorious colour.

So I suppose I'm saying "go for it" :)

This is the piece I did for the donor to say ta for the wood.
 

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I turned some large pieces that had been down a couple of years at least. I didn't have too much on an issue with resin but found that my tools had to be very sharp otherwise the end grain was a nightmare to get a decent finish on.
Also, don't apply too much pressure when sanding as I got some heat checking
 

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Thank you all very much for your replies, they are very encouraging and i have taken on board all your advice, Gus loving that bowl lovely grain and finish, i will be happy to turn something like that out of it.

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Berns
 
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