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Bruce Kamp
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Basswood for turning
Aug 29th, 2016 at 9:11pm
 
I hav been offered some large basswood logs. I understand it to be a soft wood but wonder if anyone has any experience in turning it. I am mostly interested in bowls.

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Re: Basswood for turning
Reply #1 - Aug 30th, 2016 at 9:10am
 
I've only turned basswood for a group of snowmen.  It's soft and you can pretty easily sand to shape if necessary.
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Re: Basswood for turning
Reply #2 - Aug 30th, 2016 at 9:35am
 
Does it work like pine on the lathe or more like something else, say pear?
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Re: Basswood for turning
Reply #3 - Aug 30th, 2016 at 10:51am
 
The basswood that I have turned was... bland.  It is a good candidate for embellishment.  In my opinion it is a bit harder than southern Aspen, and the summer / winter grain hardness difference is not as apparent as pine.
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Re: Basswood for turning
Reply #4 - Aug 30th, 2016 at 12:30pm
 
Bass wood (Linden or Limewood) is a favorite of wood carvers because of the uniform texture and ease of cutting.

Turns fine, and likes sharp tools and slicing cuts

Know turners who turn it and then go to the carving tools.

Very plain bland wood that will embelish well

Suggest you put the scrapers away (including carbide scrapers) with this wood.

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