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Forum topic by dean2336 posted 06-04-2011 10:59 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2011 10:59 PM

i’m trying to hollow out an end grain vase but everytime i touch the end grain my turning tool just flies off to one side and gouges the work.i’m at a slow speed likesix or seven hundred r.p.m. what tool should i use and what speed?i have the same problem on the side of bowles when cut from long grain. HELP…..I’m using walnut and elm

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 01:07 AM

If you have never turned before you really need some one-to-one instruction. It’s very hard to just start on your own.

I can’t tell you how to turn in this format.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 01:44 AM

Dean…I share your grief…I’ got noone round here that turns, or at least admits to it. I feel like I’m re-inventing the wheel. I’ve been tol,d the bowl gouge is the go to tool for what you’re trtyin’ to do. but I don’t know for sure…don’t have one yet.

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 02:25 PM

Dean (and Mickey) I can relate . I’m new to turning and while it is becoming addictive it can also be infuriating.
Try to hook up with a local turner or club. There are some very good video’s on youtube as well.

Keep at it and you’ll get the results you’re after.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 03:31 PM

Hello Dean I am sorry you are having such a problem cutting into end grain is not easy. The first thing I would do is turn up the speed it will help you make a much cleaner cut. Also how deep are you trying to go a couple of inchs you can do with a Ray Key end grain tool, but if your going deeper you will need to get a set of hollowing tools. I see that you live in Nebraska if your ever in the Denver area drop me a line and I can give you a lesson if you like.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 03:41 PM

I think You Tube is your best friend here. There are tons of instructional videos. Enter “end grain hollowing” in the search box and you’ll get some hits. This is the next best thing to personal instruction.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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