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extira and gingerbread7/17/14
Have any of you turned extira for spindles in gingerbread/victorian exterior work?
Any recommendations for such an application?
We were doing testing on some chunks and had them soaking in water for a while and they seemed fine.
Have any experience turning this stuff on the lathe?
I can't imagine it being a good idea. We've used it for flat panels and the texture of the edges is different from the face. If you rout into the interior I think you'd need considerable finish build to get a good finish surface. We use a product called accoya for decorative exterior millwork and it is quite good.
Mike is right- edges on this stuff are funky.
I don't know how you would glue up stuff heavy enough to turn on a lathe.
Why not use some kind of weather resistant solid for turnings- cypress, white oak or clear cedar maybe?
I don't have any experience with this product, i've just read alot about how it withstands water infiltration. Just thought I'd check to see if it would turn. I will end up using a real wood for the turnings.
Thanks for the input.
I have used it to cover treated pine house columns and it is has been slowly expanding at the joints. It's been up for probably 5 years.
You cannot turn Extira. It will break up with chunks flying out in a dangerous fashion.
On a side note, although it is water resistant it is best if you keep it from constant exposure. Any work that sits on the ground should be elevated slightly and horizontal edges where water may sit should have a slight bevel or drop in them.