Turning Waxed Spindle Blanks

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Forum topic by Ripthorn posted 01-18-2013 03:53 PM 896 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2013 03:53 PM

So when it comes to turning, I have never really worked with exotics. While at Woodcraft recently I picked up some waxed spindle blanks, nothing expensive. However, I am wondering if I will need to rough turn them, let them dry, and then finish turn them like with green bowls. Or can I simply turn them start to finish?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 04:16 PM

Go at it and turn them….. They are ready…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 04:27 PM

Unless you have a moisture meter, I would rough turn them. If they’re waxed, you really have no idea the moisture content (they could be green, and a lot of times are with exotics).

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 11:17 PM

That is a good question. The moisture check might be one way to see where bout it is. Let us know how you make out when you spin it.

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 07:18 AM

Turn only 1/2” and if the shavings feel cool when they contact your arm, hand or when you touch the turned section then the blank may be a bit to moist. Remove the wax on the end grain sides and leave it in the workplace for a week or two the moisture will escape and turn. A lot depends on what you intend making with the spindle blanks. Regards Tamboti PS a lot of exotics are sold per weight and if a little moist will fetch a better price, so not all are ready to turn.

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