|Project by Bill||posted 12-04-2013 02:59 PM||1210 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
I recently acquired some big poplar logs from the community transfer sight after a big storm. Most people go there to get firewood and leave the crotch wood pieces because they are too hard to split. I get a lot of interesting turning stock this way. I have never turned poplar, but it is a lot like basswood. Got some big one inch wide curls off the tool, which is always a lot of fun.
Finishing the piece took a bit of extra care, poplar is a “hairy” wood. Little fibers were poking out wherever the end grain was cut into. A good solution to overcome this is to sand withe the lathe running forward, and with the same grit, reverse the speed and sand again. Really seams to help the sanding process.
Vase is 13 inches across, 6 inches tall, 1/4 inch thick and finished with rubbed out lacquer.
-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973