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Forum topic by CostelloAndCostello posted 02-20-2017 03:34 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2017 03:34 PM

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Hey guys,

I’ve got a 12” holly turning blank and a 12” spindle turning project. Obviously I need room at the ends of my blank for my spur drive and cone point at either end, so I need to lengthen my blank just slightly to make the blank work for the project. I’ve considered butt-joint gluing some waste stock on either end, but I’m afraid that the joint will fail in the middle of turning and I’ll lose my blank. The project is fairly straightforward, basically a long, thin (1/2” diam.), tapered dowel with rounded ends. Do you guys have any experience with turning end-grain butt-jointed stock, or do you have any better ideas for making my stock work for the project?


PS, unfortunately I don’t have access to a wood-stretcher. ;)

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 04:36 PM

Not a fan of end grain butt joints, but if allow wood glue to cure might not be a problem. I prefer to drill a hole in one end and turn a tenon on another piece of wood then glue up both pieces to increase lenght.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 06:50 PM

Glue a side grain block on each end. Since you are turning between centers, it should not be a problem since you will be parting it off at the end of the turning.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#3 posted 02-20-2017 07:10 PM

Shouldn’t be a problem w/ end grain gluing because the wood is squeezed between the centers. I wouldn’t hesitate to do this.

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 07:37 PM

The glue joint won’t fail, and what you are considering is a fairly common practice. I use glue blocks on bowl blanks, which are subject to much more force. A spindle blank won’t see much force at all comparatively.


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#5 posted 02-21-2017 04:24 AM

if you have a chuck, it’s pretty easy. If your blank is as small as 3/4”, remove the jaws, and insert one end into the chuck. Then, center the other end on the live center. Start turning the spindle at the live center or tailstock end until you are nearly done. Remove the spindle from the chuck, and center the end that was in the chuck onto the live center. Finish your spindle. No need for glue. It’s easier than you would think.
If you don’t have a chuck, use the spur and live center. When done to nearly done, rotate end for end and finish the turning. Still no need for glue and just as easy. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 02-23-2017 01:23 PM

i’m surprised no one has stated the obvious solution already…re-plant it and let it grow some more… =)

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#7 posted 02-24-2017 02:25 AM

i m surprised no one has stated the obvious solution already…re-plant it and let it grow some more… =)

- xunil76


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