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Ken Vaughan
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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #15 - Sep 5th, 2016 at 9:02pm
 
I know where Big Arm is located

I lived in Missoula for several years.

You have cottonwood, alder, ponderosa pine and cherry orchard trimmings.  Those are not the best, but work.   Mike Mahoney calls cottonwood Mormon Maple.  Ponderosa pine responds similar to Norfolk Island Pine.  Alder is soft, but works just fine

Get turning.

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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #16 - Sep 7th, 2016 at 7:15am
 
I would be very careful in using pallet wood for turning.  Pallets destined for international shipping treated with chemicals to kill bugs and such.
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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #17 - Sep 7th, 2016 at 7:23am
 
Glenn Matthies wrote on Sep 7th, 2016 at 7:15am:
I would be very careful in using pallet wood for turning.  Pallets destined for international shipping treated with chemicals to kill bugs and such.   



I was going to mention this, too.  Here's a great resource for identifying where the pallet originated and what was done to it to keep insects at  bay:  Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register If a pallet was heat treated instead of chemically treated it can be safely reused. 

For practice, I started with a cedar 4x4x8 from Home Depot.  Cost about $11 but was very forgiving.  Turned lots of spindles down to toothpicks, but LOML wanted to keep some of the things that looked like vases or candle holders.
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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #18 - Sep 18th, 2016 at 2:05pm
 
Every time is say   ok this one is for practice only,,     half way thru  it turns into a keeper.
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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #19 - Sep 19th, 2016 at 7:43am
 
Rick Caron wrote on Sep 18th, 2016 at 2:05pm:
Every time is say   ok this one is for practice only,,     half way thru  it turns into a keeper.



You're lucky; mine too often go the other way!
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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #20 - Oct 9th, 2016 at 7:08pm
 
I'm in the same boat kind of.  I just bought my first lathe Saturday and I've been practicing on pieces of poplar that I cut from my own trees.  They are 3-4" diameter trees.  Right now I've just been roughing them out and playing around making small baseball bats.  Not for use of course but I have more wood than I can possible do anything with.  I also have Maple and cherry but I'm saving that for when I get better.  I ordered a Nova G3 that will be here mid week and I'll get started playing around with bowls. 

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Re: What to use for practice?
Reply #21 - Oct 14th, 2016 at 11:09am
 
Rick Caron wrote on Sep 18th, 2016 at 2:05pm:
Every time is say   ok this one is for practice only,,     half way thru  it turns into a keeper.

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I practice on every piece I turn.  Wink
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