A quick follow up on my previous post concerning some poplar, my son has
expressed an interest in attemting some turning, with the softness of
poplar, how would it work to laminate some stock together and let him give
it a shot. Would this type of wood be a good learning material, or am I
looking at something that will start shooting peices everywhere? Thanks in
My son in law took an interest in woodturning this year and I just went out
and "killed a tree" for the firewood pile. We picked out some pieces for him
to practise technique on and had a great time for the week they visited. You
can spindle turn or create bowls. Don't recommend segmented as wood is green
but it cuts real easy. The branch wood has too much stress in it so stick to
trunk pieces for turning. I have done this with oak, maple, Juniper, pine.
If you don't have access to a woodlot try your local town works dept as they
are often cleaning up downed trees etc.
If the piece doesn't turn out (pardon the pun) it finds its was to the wood
stove and nothing is wasted.
Poplar turns very cleanly and easily; it's not a terribly exciting wood
as far as color or grain pattern goes, but it is a fine practice wood or
for turnings that'll be painted. Gluing up (with standard yellow glue)
to get larger pieces is good too... just make sure you don't have any
starved joints and that you let it cure long enough. On a related note,
make sure your kid wears a safety face shield - wood, when self-exiting
a lathe, can blind, cause serious dental work, and has even been known
I and many other turners believe the absolutely best practice, as well
as "show", woods are those that are free. Just look around your
neighborhood for trees being trimmed or removed. Keep an eye out on your
way to work or on a day trip in your locale. Ask your neighbors and
coworkers to give you a "heads up" if they see or hear of any tree
trimming or removals. I guarantee that in short order you'll have more
than you know what to do with - but that won't stop you from gathering
more! You'll also have turnings made from many woods that just aren't
commercially available. (On a politeness and ethics note, just make sure
you ask permission prior to carting anything away. Most folks -100% in
my experiences- will gladly offer you all you want. A nice gesture is to
drop off a turning - big or little - as a thank you.)
Any and every wood out there is good practice wood. The more difficult
ones to work will help expand and hone tool useage and technique.
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I use a lot of 2x4 and 2x6 glue ups for test pieces. Just run them
through the joiner, yellow glue them and set aside for day or so. Tools
have to be sharp or you will get lots of end grind tearout.
Yep, full face shield.
Fly-by-Night CC wrote:
I turn mostly aspen ,which should be comparable to poplar, with good
results. It just requires more sanding. I never have it come apart unless
I'm working a piece with knots or ant holes all through it. Nice to see your
working with your son. When I started my son I had to build a box for him
to stand on. Now he is teaching me. When you come to the point where the
student is teaching the master you will have fulfilled a dream. Have fun.
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