|Forum topic by Kieth||posted 1100 days ago||1298 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1100 days ago
What a weekend… the weekend before last I turned a a little 4×4x2 bowl out of some unknown wood. It was my first and it was VERY successful. surprised even me.
So I go out and I buy 25 6×6x3 exotic and domestic bowl blanks and one round 7” figured maple bowl blank.
every piece of this was 30%+ wet except for this maple that came up only 2% wet… I throw it on the lathe and after making sure my gouge is sharp, have at it. my god! this thing was incredibly hard to turn… I would get some chips and then a chunk! if I laid off the chisel rest on the bevel and raise into it slowly it would just spin and not cut anything. I was wondering if using my jet benchtop lathe at 800 rpm’s for this size and type wood was the problem. I was under the impression something this big shouldnt be going faster but could be wrong. I know turning pen to slow is bad and just wondered if speed was playing the biggest factor…
so anyway, I figured that was pretty miserable and put it away and grabbed a wet piece of box elder to try and salvage my day and mood. Heard a lot about how easy it was to turn wet wood, curls and water flying everywhere… you know, it WAS easier than the other but it just seemed TOO wet. yeah, had water flying a bit and some curls, but man that gouge would catch sometimes and rip a rubbery chunk out of it… plus had problems with the tenon I created shredding in the chuck.
any motivational comments and advice would be much appreciated. I really want to get into bowls and vessels (tired of the pens for now!) would be appreciated.
thanks for listening!