I am building a trestle table out of reclaimed heart pine. The wood for the
turned legs has a lot of resin in it - enough that it oozes out on the spur
when I chuck the wood up in the lathe and tighten up the tail spur. So, is
this blank okay to turn or will I have problems with it? I can already
imagine resin coated tools that have to be cleaned up. Will a finish stick
to the turnings if it has all this resin?
Bob, the blank is fine and hart pine turns very well. Use a skew for most
of the finish work and a LOT of sandpaper for the final finishing. I would
seal the completed piece with shellac (but then, shellac and wax is my
preferred finish). This is a good place to get rid of that cheap sandpaper
we have all bought and don't want to admit. :-)
Depending on the resin content, finishing will not be all that bad. A
couple of pieces I have turned have finished almost like "normal" wood. It
can be a problem, but it does look nice when finished though.
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