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My Second turn of Eastern Red Cedar.

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Project by parkprimus posted 08-28-2015 02:26 AM 707 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second wood turned vessel and I am pretty happy with it. I think I am much improved from my first and I learned a lot from them both. I spent a lot more time with my sanding. I got all the way up to 2000 grit at 4000 rpm. The wood got pretty hot and heard it crack and ting from the heat once. I have not oiled it and I am not sure if I will for a little while because I am not sure which oil to use yet.

I still have a ton to learn and I can already see the bill pile high with this hobby. O’well, you only live once and I like the grain; I am addicted to the grain, man!





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BobWemm

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 10:48 AM

Very good, I love the colour contrast in ERC.
Thanks for sharing this.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 06:43 PM

Good work for a new turner. I like the “spittoon” shape.
Cedar is a bit soft for turning and I suspect you had some grain tearing. I’m impressed you went to 2000 and 4000 grit. I usually stop at 400 and then buff with 0000 steel wool or hand full of shavings.
I see you found out that the sanding process can generate a lot of heat. It can even cause the wood to crack; especially when you are using the center of the log.

I would suggest putting a hard finish on the piece instead of oil. Possibly oil based varathane or better a salad bowl finish from General or Behlen, which are both food safe too.. That will protect the soft wood better and provide a durable finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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parkprimus

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 07:14 PM

Thanks for the advise LesB, I will definitely try a hard finish.


Good work for a new turner. I like the “spittoon” shape.
Cedar is a bit soft for turning and I suspect you had some grain tearing. I m impressed you went to 2000 and 4000 grit. I usually stop at 400 and then buff with 0000 steel wool or hand full of shavings.
I see you found out that the sanding process can generate a lot of heat. It can even cause the wood to crack; especially when you are using the center of the log.

I would suggest putting a hard finish on the piece instead of oil. Possibly oil based varathane or better a salad bowl finish from General or Behlen, which are both food safe too.. That will protect the soft wood better and provide a durable finish.

- LesB


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#4 posted 08-28-2015 07:46 PM

Neat little bowl. and yeah I agree that it’s disheartening when you’re sanding and hear that little “pop” and you just KNOW you got a crack. DANG I hate when that happens!

And shouldn’t this be sitting in the corner of an old west saloon? :-)

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 07:58 PM

Nice piece. I like cedar too. One thing, when sanding, the slower the better. 4,000 rpm is much to fast. That’s why the heat build up. Try 1,000 rpm or less.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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parkprimus

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 02:50 PM

I will try….


Nice piece. I like cedar too. One thing, when sanding, the slower the better. 4,000 rpm is much to fast. That s why the heat build up. Try 1,000 rpm or less.

- Darell


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parkprimus

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 02:52 PM

I knew it would crack though because I went far beyond center. I made another piece that I will post soon, where I cut out the check and replaced it with other wood. Did not crack or ping when I sanded it.


Neat little bowl. and yeah I agree that it s disheartening when you re sanding and hear that little “pop” and you just KNOW you got a crack. DANG I hate when that happens!

And shouldn t this be sitting in the corner of an old west saloon? :-)

- JoeinGa


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#8 posted 09-01-2015 11:04 PM

Mineral oil is what I always use. Sometimes I may put something else on top to give it some color, but if I’m using anything that could be used for food or drink, mineral oil is the way to go.

WARNING: vegetable oil is NOT the same thing. Vegetable oil will rot your wood.

-- Turn on, brothers and sisters!!!

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