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post #1 of 10 Old 08-14-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Practice Wood

Hi all,

I'm a total beginner and was wondering....

I need to practice, and I don't want to practice on my pen blanks or good wood.

Can I go to the local D.I.Y shop and buy some pieces of pine to practice on? it's cheap enough and I live near to the shop, but is this a good wood to practice on?

I also in the future want to make some toy soldiers but want to paint themÖ. I donít want to spend a fortune on a wood Iím going to cover with paint, so again is pine a good idea?

Thanks in advance for any responses, and to everyone who takes the time to postÖ Iím learning loads.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-14-2010, 07:56 PM
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pine is fine for toys but is soft to turn and a bit furry and reacts different to hard woods .I hope this answers your questions
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Practice on green limbs. They are free. They will crack when they dry so just throw them away. Since they don't cost a thing you don't worry about screwing it up while your practicing.
I frequently will run a test piece on a 2x2 pine. It's great for practicing. If you can turn those with little tearout then you can turn any good wood.
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Another possible source is small construction sites. Many have cut-off of 2X4 or 2X6 they would be glad for you to take.
As John stated, green wood is good for practice. Tree surgeons, crews the trim limbs from power lines, landscapers, your local gov. recycling location, and others. You can also check Craigís List for free wood, a lot of home owners would rather you take the wood rather than pay to haul it away. Another listing is Free Cycle where you can post a "wanted".
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I glued up a lot of wood when I first got started. That was all that I new to do. Once I was introduced to green wood I started robbing the neighbors fireplace wood. Much of that wood has a lot of check and cracks but if you look hard you can find a piece where the middle is good. Cut both ends off and mount it between centers. Turn a short tenon on what will be the bottom and glue that to a wasteblock that has a matching hole that you turned. (Use 5 minute epoxy but let it dry an hour to be sure). Then your ready to try to turn a bowl.
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Welcome!

I like Paladin's advice...there should be plenty of free wood around for the taking. Cut your own blanks and save some bucks. You can find lots of different wood species on E-bay as well to cut to size when you are ready. Most importantly, have fun with it. This doesn't have to be an expensive "hobby", if you will. It is very addicting; I find it rather relaxing as probably most turners do. I am a beginner as well and my husband, TexasTimbers and I jockey for the lathe often times. We both love it. I hope you enjoy turning and your stay here on the Woodworkingtalk forum. There is so much info. I am getting quite an education to say the least. What a treat!

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If you have to buy wood, you might try Poplar, or Douglas Fir. They are both fairly inexpensive, and would be my choice over pine.






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just so you know green wood does not turn the same as dry seasoned hard woods

Old wood workers never die thay just get dry rot
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Green wood is very easy to turn but if it's really fresh it will throw water all over you. Green wood will crack when it dries so to be able to turn a finished product you have to learn to work with it or let it dry first. Letting it dry without cracking can be tough. That's why I recommend it as a practice wood, because it cuts so easily and is easy to find. There are videos out there that teach you how to turn bowls and other things from green wood.
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thankyou for all your help peoples
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