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Dave Plays with Wood Turning #5: A Big Fail

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-05-2016 05:59 PM 672 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got it in my head that i could create a turned box for my niece’s birthday. I glued up two blanks with a piece of plywood in between the two halves to add interest.

I went out and bought some plumbing supplies to make a face plate for my drill powered, wood turning lash-up.
And went to turning. While it was spinning it looked good, but when I stopped it to take a look, the ugly truth was revealed.

I’m not sure if the problem was the vibration of the drill, the cheap quality of my tools or the wood I used, reclaimed 2×4. In any case, it didn’t work, so I’m going to use the other blank to make a band saw box.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 06:09 PM

Dave,
I don’t think it was the wood, I used big box 2 X 4s for practice turning on my last project & the turning came out fine. I suspect your problem was the sharpness of your tools. But not being an expert, we’ll see what others have to say.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 06:13 PM

Dave, I’m no turner but I have to agree with you; that is ugly. Better luck on your band saw box brother.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 06:23 PM

It could well be the tools. I’ll have to say they just didn’t ‘feel’ sharp, but I was in a bit of a hurry. Someday I’ll try this again under sharper conditions.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 01-05-2016 07:14 PM

Dave, I do turn wood but am yet to get to the point of “expert”. So for what it’s worth I have to agree with Oldtool. It mostly has to do with the sharpness of your tools.
I will be watching for your band saw project. That should come out much better. I have seen some of your other work and it’s great.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#5 posted 01-05-2016 07:57 PM

Pine requires better than razor sharp and skewed cuts. The harder the wood the better it cuts, the better the finish.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 01-05-2016 08:18 PM



Pine requires better than razor sharp and skewed cuts. The harder the wood the better it cuts, the better the finish.

- Rick M.

I remember when I turned the legs for my wife’s stool they were sort of rough until I ran the skew over them. Sanding helped too.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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