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What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Aug 14th, 2017 at 8:07am
 
This week's question comes from Tom Coghill and he asks...

QOTW: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn (what type and why do you avoid it).

Well I have two that I won't turn, oak and maple.

Oak, because it stains everything and most times I feel its a bit boring looking.

Maple is my favorite wood and sadly over the years of working with it I developed an allergy to it and triggers an asthma attack. Luckily I still can use real maple syrup on my pancakes in the morning.
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #1 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 10:47am
 
Like Ron, I have two:

Monkey Pod - I have found that when I turn Monkey Pod, my sinuses light up like someone just put Cayenne pepper powder up my nose or spread Wasabi in my sinuses Shocked.  It generates a very fast "No More, Thank you very much" response from me, after my eyes stop watering Cry.  Interestingly, this is the only type of wood that I have found that I have this reaction.

The second is our local Cottonwood, but it is for a very different reason I leave this wood alone.  This wood is like a sponge WET, dries slowly and is too soft even when dry.  I have a 14-inch diameter by 10-inch tall bowl that I made from local cottonwood.  I got it done, however it was like trying to turn and finish a Q-Tip!  Even now, more than a year after the final finish is on it, I can still dent the end-grain wood with my fingernail Angry.  It is true what they say - Life is too short to turn bad wood. 

PS - I have had luck turning a wood similar to cottonwood - Aspen from Utah.  While still on the soft end, the aspen seems to naturally grow dryer, making the wood quite nice for hollow forms. Thumbs Up
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #2 - Aug 15th, 2017 at 2:49pm
 
Petrified, too hard on tools.
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #3 - Aug 15th, 2017 at 7:03pm
 
Turned 2 bowls of  pecan  dulled my  chain on saw and  gouges,  Now have  5 blanks of  locast    will try 1  may just it to heat shop. Smiley
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #4 - Aug 16th, 2017 at 10:14am
 
While I haven't tried them all, up to now the uncontested champ is Black Palm.
Botanically speaking, it's not really wood at all, just an overgrown grass.
I've tried it a couple of times so now I can cross it off the list and move on. We are never to speak of it again.
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #5 - Aug 16th, 2017 at 1:15pm
 
2x4's and plywood--Never really turned plywood, but I don't think it would be any fun. Cheesy

Like many of you, I have also started developing a reaction to certain woods.  Right now, I avoid walnut and cedar.   Lips Sealed

Tom, I now know why you sent me that monkey pod several years ago Grin
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Reply #6 - Aug 16th, 2017 at 4:28pm
 
Any Walnut is welcome in my shop, just in case you were wondering. Grin
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #7 - Aug 17th, 2017 at 6:12am
 
MDF- never again! Occasionally had to turn a piece for a jig or some special purpose. Dust everywhere except where the moon doesn't shine! Maybe there too!  Just finished building a router table and had to route three channels in the top for T-slots and a miter channel.  Should have done that outside....  From now on Baltic Birch only.
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #8 - Aug 17th, 2017 at 10:13am
 
Any palm that grows in the Cayman Islands.  I have tried them all and have learned my lesson!!!
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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #9 - Aug 17th, 2017 at 1:07pm
 
I don't think I have found that wood yet  Grin Grin .

But, I have not yet been successful turning palm, and don't really care to try again.  I always hate to close any door though.  I have found as my skills develop, what was undoable in the past becomes doable at a later date.

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Re: What is one wood type that your will NOT turn
Reply #10 - Aug 17th, 2017 at 1:08pm
 
Due to my allergies, nothing imported.

Ron, The only reason for pancakes is to have the maple syrup.  BTW what's a gallon going for up there?

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