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Journey into Woodturning #81: Turning PSL

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 11-16-2021 03:07 PM 551 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was based off the wood sent to me from Luie. He has a channel called Woodworking 220-7 and after he used the PSL I mentioned that I needed to get me some of that. He ended up sending me some!

The only question was what to make with the PSL. Do I use it as a base? Do I use in the middle between two pieces of other wood? Do I turn it by itself? I decided to make it into the main body of a bowl, but added a feature ring (which is something Luie had been doing a lot of lately).

I have never made a segmented anything before, so this was going to be scary. I used an online website for getting the angles of the pieces for 7 segments. Next task was finding a piece of dark lumber. I felt light wood wasn’t going to provide enough contrast. I found a dark plank of wood, which I assumed might be Black Walnut.

After cutting, gluing and attaching the dark wood to the PSL, it did not take long on the lathe to figure out it was Black Walnut. The unmistakable smell of chocolate and the texture of the wood made it pretty simple to spot the species.

The only problem with the PSL is that there is voids in the layers. I was a little surprised, but I guess I shouldn’t have been. Its basically plywood on steroids. In the end, the layers, their colors and shapes really make the piece unique. The Black Walnut feature ring, really does pull the piece together and looks fantastic.

This weeks video: Turning PSL



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#1 posted 11-16-2021 06:02 PM

that psl made a pretty cool bowl.ive got a mantel made from a psl beam.looks cool but challenging as you discovered considering it’s made from laminated plywood skins. may have to try some out myself.the walnut ring was perfect.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-16-2021 06:54 PM



that psl made a pretty cool bowl.ive got a mantel made from a psl beam.looks cool but challenging as you discovered considering it s made from laminated plywood skins. may have to try some out myself.the walnut ring was perfect.

- pottz

You should give it shot. Thank you

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