Prep your wood before turning; A guide from Exotic Wood Zone

Prep your wood before turning; A guide from Exotic Wood Zone

Woodturning is a popular and creative form of woodworking that requires a specific set of skills and techniques. Before you begin turning wood, it's important to properly prepare the wood to ensure a smooth and successful project. 

In this blog, Exotic Wood Zone will go through the steps to prepare wood for turning, so you can achieve the best possible results.

  • Choose the Right Wood

The first step to preparing wood for turning is to choose the right type of wood. Different woods have different characteristics, and some are better suited for turning than others. For beginners, it's recommended to start with softer woods like pine, birch, or poplar, which are easier to work with and require less effort to turn. More advanced turners may prefer harder woods like maple or oak, which can create a more beautiful finished product but require more skill and experience to work with.

  • Acquire the Wood

Once you have chosen the type of wood you want to use, you need to acquire it. You can either purchase wood from a lumberyard or sawmill or use wood that you've harvested yourself. If you're using wood that you've harvested, make sure it's dry and seasoned before turning it. Wood that's too wet can crack or split as it dries, ruining your project.

  • Cut the Wood to Size

The next step is to cut the wood to the size and shape you need for your project. Use a saw or bandsaw to cut the wood into a rough shape, leaving a little extra wood for turning. Make sure the ends of the wood are square and even.

  • Sand the Wood

Once the wood is dry, it's time to sand it. Sanding helps to remove any rough spots or tool marks on the surface of the wood, leaving a smooth finish. Start with a coarse sandpaper and work your way up to a finer grit, finishing with a 400-grit sandpaper for a silky smooth finish.

  • Apply Finish

The final step in preparing wood for turning is to apply a finish. A finish not only protects the wood from moisture and wear but also enhances the natural beauty of the wood. There are many different types of finishes to choose from, including oils, waxes, lacquers, and varnishes. Choose a finish that complements the type of wood you're using and the desired look of your project.