Removing Wax on a turning block

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Forum topic by thedude50 posted 11-16-2011 04:50 AM 2061 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2011 04:50 AM

I have turned a few things in the shop over the years but don’t spend time making bowls, that is about to change. I recently got a few burls and they came coated in wax. I have never turned burls and so I have never had to remove this wax do i need to remove this or will it just turn it off as i make my project how do i remove the wax. Your Help is greatly appreciated. Lance

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 05:19 AM

just turn it away, thats what most of us do.
point to note, how long have the blanks been sitting.
if totally coated with wax they may have been sealed while still wet and may warp or check when you start turning.
if i am unsure of the moisture content, I usually rough turn and let sit then check the moisture before finish turning.

just my way of doing it.


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#2 posted 11-18-2011 06:41 AM

that works but i want to cut a few of these into panels

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 08:46 PM

Hi, Well if your going to glue them up, you have to make sure to cut off al the wax, otherwise the wax does not limit any other woodworking. What wood is the burls? I have only used maple and dogwood.

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 10:40 AM


I cut my ebony up and glue it into wider pieces. To remove the wax I use a spokeshave. Gets it off quickly and cleanly.


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#5 posted 11-22-2011 07:52 AM

thanks for the feedback my woodguy also says a scraper or a spoke shave will work and to take my time unless turning he said you were right it will turn away he said rough it out if the moisture is too high pack it in a box full of shavings and wait a few weeks to turn it some more repeat if needed

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 03:53 PM

I use turning stock for small projects like candle holders. I just use a scraper and it works great. I scrape the glue off because I would think the glue would gum up my table saw and jointer blades.

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 04:50 AM

thanks for all the help i hope a bunch of people see this i know i cant be the only one to ask

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