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post #1 of 5 Old 11-24-2012, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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What Kind Of Wood?

What is the best choice of wood for turning a part for a pattern to do a foundry project? The piece is 4" dia. X 9" long. I will be using a metal lathe. The project is a custom power steering box because of the mounting & rotation.
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Not sure what the pro's use but Poplar turns very smooth and doesn't have the pores or grain lines.
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Poplar does turn nice, but you may have to figure turning speed. Metal lathes run slower than wood lathes.





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Yes, i agree with both "cabinetman" and "john". Poplar wood is very soft and lightweight. This wood is very inexpensive and because of its affordability, it comes is known as economical choice in domestic hardwoods.





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Just be aware that if you have to glue it up you may see glue lines. I think they use a special glue for this. I believe it's a powdered glue. Not sure of the brand. I've heard it discussed but don't remember. If you use standard woodworker glue use the older Titebond not Titebond 11 or 111. Let it sit for several days before turning. The wood picks up moisture from the glue and expands and if you turn it too soon the wood will shrink around the glue joint and leave the glue proud.
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