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Steven Hensley
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question on turning pine
May 5th, 2019 at 6:04pm
 
Hi
I picked up a pine stump with some roots. I chain sawed the roots off and cut the stump down to just the part the roots came out of. that portion was really hard and the saw wouldn't make it through. I am thinking that it may be hard enough to turn. what do you think. the saw went through the roots and stump like butter, the chain is sharp.
Has anyone used pine I have been practicing on glued up 2x4s I thought the wood around the roots would be good for turning. am i wrong or not.Thank you
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Re: question on turning pine
Reply #1 - May 5th, 2019 at 8:10pm
 
It might be a rock the roots grew around?
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Reply #2 - May 6th, 2019 at 8:13am
 
I don't know the answer, but I'm interested because I live in the Pine Tree State (Maine) and there's a lot of free pine roots available (some on my property).   Free is good! Thumbs Up
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Re: question on turning pine
Reply #3 - May 6th, 2019 at 8:14am
 
My experience is the figured wood at the base of a tree fork is much harder than the surrounding non-figured wood.  By analogy, the center of the root ball might be wood similar to the center of the base of a fork above ground.

Somewhere I seem to recall a mention of pressure washing a root ball before taking a chain saw to it, possibly to remove as much as soil-embedded rock and grit as possible.  And Chris makes a very good point - there could be rock(s) trapped between roots as they increase in diameter.
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Re: question on turning pine
Reply #4 - May 6th, 2019 at 10:38am
 
I am sure it is not a rock, It most likly the figured wood.
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