Poplar vessel

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Project by Bill posted 12-04-2013 02:59 PM 1630 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 03:15 PM

Nice work … thanks for posting!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 03:26 PM

Very, very extra special turnner’s craftsmanship! Simply put WOW! You’ve really got your turning down pat. The finish is perfect. Would something of that quality market for $600.00 plus??

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 04:23 PM

Very nice! I have a lot of poplar on my place, which is not a good thing to me, and I’ve never seen such a fine job of making something with poplar. I have some cherry crotches which I hope will yield something like you’ve done.

-- --Dale Page

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 04:26 PM

Wonderful shape and beautiful grain pattern. You certainly do good work. I just now started turning and you are one of the guys that inspire me.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 05:33 PM

Very beautiful piece!! One thing I do for the hairy stuff is to lightly lacquer it and let it dry. It sands cleaner that way.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 06:15 PM

Nicely turned a well proportioned shape finish looks great so a all round great piece. Oh and the wood looks great too

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 08:34 PM

Good job

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 10:31 PM

Very nice turning and the poplar has so much character in the grain, it looks beautiful….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 11:22 PM

very nice can use dewaxed shellac too..then willl stiffen the little “hairs” and you can sand to a very fine finish

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 09:23 AM

Spectacular! Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 01:59 AM

Way Cool!! Love the finish too…

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 01:48 PM

You can also hit it with a coat of thinned down shellac, which dries really quickly, to stiffen the hairs and make sanding easier (particularly when you have a lathe that doesn’t reverse).

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#13 posted 12-07-2013 02:02 PM

A very sweet turning. You never know what you are going to find in a log!

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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#14 posted 12-07-2013 04:14 PM

This is a beautiful piece. It’s amazing what poplar can look like sometimes.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 12-09-2013 01:29 PM

A beautiful creation. WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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