|Forum topic by Sman||posted 01-03-2012 12:41 AM||1174 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
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?