|Project by Richard||posted 10-14-2013 06:29 PM||1460 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I am wondering if any others have used a solid 6/4 ring handles turned on a lathe for a project. I am wondering if the handle will remain stable or will cracks develop over time which would weaken the wood?
A few years ago I turned some ring handles on my new lathe for practice which I threw them to the dog and she carried them off to the pasture to chew on them. Well three years later I found the wooden rings in the pasture and it was pretty much intact besides some mold and some teeth marks on it. I was surprised that the outdoor weather didnt do more damage to them. I then considered using them in my sea chest designs.
I was using a wide variety of wood species, but now I am only using hickory, walnut, and black locust, with several coats of finish on them. I am wondering if the ring handles will last. What are your thoughts?
-- Richard Boise, Idaho