|Forum topic by BassBully||posted 11-30-2010 04:54 AM||2366 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-30-2010 04:54 AM
When wood turning bowls, the end grain section always seems to contain checks or pits in the wood. This is quite frustrating because it seems that the only way around it is to sand the piece to death. My first instinct is to check the gouges to make sure they are sharp and they are. That said, I use a General International grinder with a pretty fine stone for sharpening. I’m not sure the grit to be honest but what should I be using there? Any other tips for sharpening? I’m pretty competent at sharpening as I also sharpen my woodcarving knives and don’t run into problems there.
My next thought is the wood that I’m using which is spalted maple. That said, maple is typically a fine grained and strong wood but could the spalting have something to do with weakening the wood?
Then, I’m using a Barracude2 wood chuck from Penn State Industries. This chuck has had great reviews but I seem to have a few problems with it. Again, this could be all my fault but my typical problem is that when I turn the bottom of the bowl, then flip it over and put it in the chuck, it doesn’t seem to rotate exactly on center and always has a slight wobble.
I would blame my lathe but I have two and run into the same problem with both. My first lathe was a Jet mini lathe and my new one is an Old Delta 46-450 12” wood lathe that I recently purchased for $150. It seems to be in good shape though.
Thank You for any advice on this.
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