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11-11-2009 07:35 AM


I have some nice Cherry logs that I am going to be milling and I was wondering how big do you make turning blanks. Example do you make them 6” X 6” X 6”, or 4” thick and 6” X 6”. Also do you just Anchorseal the ends or edges or the whole thing?


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#1 posted 11-11-2009 05:01 PM

I have found that even though my lathe can handle something physically 14” in diameter, a blank that size is tool large for the power of the lathe. This is especially true for a large bowl blank.

That said, the size of the blank is also determined by the project and the characteristics/character of the wood itself.

As for the sealer, I think most people just put it on the end grain. However, some of the blanks I have purchased from Woodcraft have a waxy coating over the entire piece.

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 05:31 PM

Hi Henry The size of the blank depends on what u intend making and also the diameter of the log
If log 300mm 1 ft dia and u going to make a bowl cut log 350mm 1ft2’’ and split down pith and seal alround with a wax emulsion or pva paint also work or anchorseal so long as the product is not harmfull If u are going to make a hollow form i would just seaal the log after cut to size.
If making boxes with lids mill 6’’ X 6’’ X 6’’ this allows u room for design
All the above depends on what your lath can handle. For hollow form always remember to leave wood for chucking. U can also cut the bowl blanks round if u like butseal all round In Pretoria I check the seal +- every 3mths a lot depends on the climate were u are, Winter here 0- 19 c Summer 16- 35c.
Good luck and feel free to pm me Regards Roger SA

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