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Forum topic by Sman posted 01-03-2012 12:41 AM 1162 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sman

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01-03-2012 12:41 AM

There was an add on CL for 2+ cords of some aspen/poplar hybrid, fresh cut. People were there to get it and let it dry a year or two for firewood but I showed up and told them I would like some for the lathe. They showed me some HUGE rounds must have been 30 inches diameter at the base. I took what I could move the rest I said I would come pick up when I get a chance to saw it up.

Anyways I will post up a picture later when I finish my first bowl or two, there wasn’t as much color as aspen usually has in the heartwood. It was just white sapwood and orange heartwood.

Well when working with this stuff I really cant seem to get a good finish, I sent it through the planer ever direction I could and always had small spots of grain tear/chunk out. After working with it on the lathe I realize that sanding actually takes longer than the lathe work (almost) no matter how sharp your chisels are or what kind of cut you take there is always a little bit of chunk out.

Anyone else work with aspen or poplar (not green tulip poplar) or a hybrid like I have?


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#1 posted 01-03-2012 01:03 AM

What do you plan on making with that stuff?

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 09:35 AM

Anything I can, probably bowls, platters and cutting boards.

I’ve been milling it up with my chainsaw and the volatile smell is amazing. Its so full of phenols or something, smells like paint thinner or something almost.

I am trying to finish sanding a huge bowl I made but the chunk out is really deep, I will try to get a good picture of what im talking about tomorrow.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 03:02 PM

Have lots of aspen standing in our area. It is cut commercially for paper and pulp. Limited amount is cut for pallets and dunnage. I think our “aspen” may include cottonwoods, balm of gilead and hybrid poplar (HP is an aspen / cottonwood cross). It grows up to 10’ per year—1”+- if cultured to one stem. I grew it in South Dakota leaving all branches. Those came in with about 8-10’ per year but the branches were smaller. HP matures for pulp wood in less than 12 years. The stumps are allowed to push only one shoot after first harvest and will grow even faster if nutrients are sufficient. The Federal Forestry Lab in Madison has lots of information on the species and culture of hybrids. It does really stink when cut fresh and smells like puke when cut in hot summer.

I have seen similar problems with small tears on the surface of both knife and carbide insert planer/jointer is used on wet or air dry wood. When very dry-fairly fast I can surface it but it has really no grain or special color. The wood has many bark inclusions, pith and growth faults. I’ve found its best use is in my outdoor high temperature, thermo reduction device at 1200 deg. F- yes campfire. Some folks do successuflly use it rough for sheds and deer stands. Again I build a watch when all you wanted was the time. On Wisconsin.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 03:03 PM

I’d love to see it!

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 03:37 PM

Sounds like a good candidate for sculpture ! Large sculpture provided extremely well maintained cutting edges ! Might be that hp could have a niche after all ?

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 09:15 AM

The burl/crotch bowl is siberian elm, the lighter colored bowl is 15.75” diameter from the hybrid poplar.

I’m trying to restock my etsy ( www.woodartspinner.etsy.com ) I have several more siberian elm 6” bowls that look great too. I love wood turning. I prefer certain wood though.

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