Next weekend I will be going to my dad’s, and taking a couple blocks (purpleheart and honey mesquite) to turn on his lathe. I don’t believe he’s done much turning, mostly table legs from what I know. Anyway, these are the pieces to be offered at the sacrificial altar.
They started out as 6”x6”x2”, and so far I have found center, used a protractor to make a maximum circle, and cut them on the bandsaw, about 1/8” outside of the line.
One question though, to you experienced turners, the mesquite was bought at woodcraft covered in wax, I understand that it is green, but how do you remove the wax to glue/tape your faceplate block? I have already taken a scraper, steel wool, and sandpaper to it, and when I scratch my nail across it, I can see it still has some wax on it. Or is a little wax safe?
-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!