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Forum topic by unisaw posted 08-25-2013 06:17 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2013 06:17 PM

I’ve got a Jet midi and have turned pens but no spindles yet. I also have a Delta 4 jaw chuck. So – I would like to re-create this plant stand with four spindles that are 1” X 1” X 18”. What is the best wood (ease of turning for a noob) to use and what is a good source for blanks? They will be stained. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 08:21 PM

You did not say if have a bed extension for your lathe! You might want blanks tad longer than 18”.

Most wood vendors catering to wood turners sell wet wood. Have you thought about buying some dimensional lumber from big box store and gluing up your blanks for legs.

This vendor has some Kiln dried blanks not sure if has what you need.

You would have to wait until non-kiln dry wood reaches EMC before assembling your project.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 10:59 PM

Thanks Bill. I do have the extension. What wood species is best?

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 11:17 PM

If you’re going to stain it, I would try poplar. It’s cheap, takes stain well, and is easy to turn. I know a guy who used it to make a small hanging shelf and he stained it to look like mahogany. Couldn’t tell the difference.

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 11:31 AM

Poplar is a good wood to use for your project. Poplar tends to blotch when you stain so have to use a sealer coat of shellac, thinned lacquer or pre-stain conditioner.

I have never use pre-stain conditioner so no, experience with any of those products.

I have used Zinsser Bullseye seal coat no wax shellac or wash coat 60/40 mix of thinned Deft lacquer under gel stain on poplar. I had to lightly sand with 320 grit using wash coat of lacquer because raised the grain a little. Do not remember if sanded after using Zinsser product.

You definitely want to experiment on scrap pieces of poplar to insure get technique down before staining your project.

May get better advice on finishing poplar in finishing section.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 12:58 PM

I have used Charles Neil’s Blotch Control with good results on poplar, pine, etc.

For your project, poplar is probably the best choice.

-- 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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