|Forum topic by oldwoodman||posted 10-22-2009 06:07 AM||1273 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
10-22-2009 06:07 AM
I have some questions for those of you who are experienced wood turners.
My wife and I are wanting to begin learning about woodturning. I have a 1982 Shopsmith that is currently set up in lathe mode. We purchased a face shield and have a basic 5-piece chisel set. The chisels are made of high speed steel.
I have already “turned” a piece of Douglas Fir just to experiment. I found out right away that rough grain wood is not too satisfactory for woodturning. But it was fine for starters since I was learning how the different chisels operate, etc.
Tonight I cut and glued up some pine boards and some Douglas Fir. I used Titebond III between each piece of wood. I thoroughly covered one side of a piece before I attached it to the next piece. So, I have three “glue ups” drying in the shop. The two pine pieces are roughly 5” x 5” x 4.5” thick. The Doug Fir piece is 5.5” x 5.5” x 3” thick. My thought is to screw a practice piece onto the Shopsmith 3 ¾” faceplate, attach it and begin working on it. I will cut off the corners of each piece before I screw it to the faceplate.
Here are my questions.
Is it safe to turn a chunk of wood that is made of several glued pieces? The instructions on the Titebond bottle recommend waiting for at least 24 hours. I will be out of town anyway and will not be able to “turn” these pieces until Saturday night.
Is my assumption correct that it is never a good idea to turn a piece of wood that has a knot or knots in it?
Is there a better type of wood with which to practice turning? I have some knot-free con-common redwood scraps. Would a glue-up of redwood be good for practice?
As a general rule, is it best not to glue pieces of wood together for turning?
What type of wood would you recommend for practicing on?
I know I have asked a lot of questions. But in my time on this forum I have found out that many of you are very knowledgeable about woodworking in general and woodturning in particular. I welcome any tips that you wood turners can give me.