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Forum topic by jerryo posted 12-19-2012 05:50 PM 1074 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2012 05:50 PM

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Hi fellow lumber jocks. I recently bought some 8/4 curly maple for table legs for some tables and night stands I am going to make. I was wondering if anyone has turned curly maple and if there was lots of tear out? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks, Jerry O


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#1 posted 12-19-2012 05:53 PM

Sharp Tools Jerryo, very sharp tools…... Other than that I have not had any problems….. Remember no pics it did not happen…...

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 06:03 PM

Thanks Gshepherd, Promise to take some pics, how high a grit do you go with the slip stones? Jerry

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 06:11 PM

Sharp sharp sharp! That’s about it. I turn curly maple nearly every day. It sure does give pretty results.

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 08:18 PM

I have also turned curly maple. I haven’t encountered any worse tear out than normal maple.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 09:34 PM

Jerryo, I do not use any slip stones, I grind on a slow speed grinder (One-way jig) and deburr with 220 on a dowel or on a flat surface. Hope this helps….

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 12:49 AM

I think the entries pretty well cover it. Sharp tools are really the key to turning or working with curly maple.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 03:42 PM

One can only repeat the necessity of a sharp tool and an admonition to start slowly and feel your way into the heart of the task.

-- frank

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#8 posted 12-20-2012 06:09 PM

Hi Yes sharp tools wont help if you don”t have a plan of what the legs should look like. try drawing a rough full scale plan.Very important is the pommel this is the transition of the square section to round this should be no to subtle and not much but a slight curve from corner to corner of the sq section when you look at it side on.Regards Tamboti

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