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Forum topic by socrbent posted 05-05-2012 02:15 AM 1580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2012 02:15 AM

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I want to use this piece of maple to make some turnings. Maybe a platter/tray and or a bowl. The piece is 16” tall and diameter is 6” at smallest. Can you suggest the cuts to make on the band saw prior to mounting on the lathe?

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 02:29 AM

I think I’d cut 4 inches off both ends and save them for bowls.

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 06:18 PM

Looks like the cut ends are starting to check. I’d cut those off, down to the beginning of the burl. Then split the burl in half top to bottom along the grain line of the trunk (difficult to do on a bandsaw safely, I’d wedge it in my cutting stand and split it with a chainsaw using a milling/rip chain). You’ll have to look at the grain to decide how you want to mount them.

I just did an Alaskan Sitka spruce burl a bit bigger than the one in your picture, using the cut I described above. I ended up with two turning blanks, I turned one with the trunk side as the base, the other with the trunk side as the top. Both came out beautifully. This is the one with the trunk side as the bowl rim. You can see the other half of the burl and how I cut it, sitting behind and to the right of the finished bowl. That piece was turned with the trunk side as the base and the burled portion as the rim.

Hope that helps//Jim

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 07:25 PM

Stonekettle – thanks. I’ll give it a try.

-- socrbent Ohio

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