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George Stratton
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Old Delta 12" 46-701 in great condition. Had it about 20+ years and turned 1 part.
Wood Identity
Sep 4th, 2017 at 10:49am
 
Anyone know what this is? Picked it up at the flea market for $5.00. Ran it through the table saw. Seems very hard,fine dust and its yellow throughout. Yellow powder coming off the blade. Is it safe to work with?
Thanks much, Geo.
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Re: Wood Identity
Reply #1 - Sep 4th, 2017 at 11:58am
 
Either mulberry or osage orange. Both can have the gnarly growth structure shown on the left side of the piece.  Both woods are safe to work with, but this piece is showing some cracking around the sides. Cracks in osage orange are pretty common, both before and after it's turned.  Both woods will turn a darker shade of honey brown after they are exposed to air and UV light.
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Reply #2 - Sep 4th, 2017 at 12:31pm
 
Local Osage Trees are very slow growing and the rings on your piece show slow growth and also the shape of the truck of your piece matches the irregular shape of our Osage Trees which leads me toward Osage also or as my Dad calls them " Monkey Ball Trees".
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George Stratton
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Old Delta 12" 46-701 in great condition. Had it about 20+ years and turned 1 part.
Re: Wood Identity
Reply #3 - Sep 4th, 2017 at 1:45pm
 
Thanks guys, i'll look them up and go out and finish sawing. When I saw all the fine yellow powder I kind of quit to find out.
Geo.
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Reply #4 - Sep 5th, 2017 at 10:28am
 
Looks like Osage to me as well. When fresh cut, it is bright orange, then turns an amber color when it ages. Very hard, but cuts nicely. You can't rush this wood when turning....

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Reply #5 - Sep 7th, 2017 at 9:32am
 
We used to take those"monkey balls" and stick cloves into them and then hang them for room fresheners.

Typical hippy- dippy stuff we did back then. Smiley Smiley
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Re: Wood Identity
Reply #6 - Sep 7th, 2017 at 1:23pm
 
Looks like osage orange.  wear face mask, dust will get everywhere!  And sharp tools! Vary hard to burn.
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George Stratton
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Old Delta 12" 46-701 in great condition. Had it about 20+ years and turned 1 part.
Re: Wood Identity
Reply #7 - Sep 7th, 2017 at 1:52pm
 
You are sure right on that. Even with the vacuum on the bandsaw I had a garage full of yellow powder. Its full of cracks inside and managed to get a few pieces for a bud vase sized turning plus a bunch of Pen blanks. It turns nice and looks good but not worth the mess. Maybe I need to start turning pens?
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Reply #8 - Sep 7th, 2017 at 10:39pm
 
It makes purty pens!
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