Red Oak gavel tear out question

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Forum topic by Pimzedd posted 04-20-2013 11:53 PM 1225 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2013 11:53 PM

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I turned some gavels recently. I had a nice piece of 8/4 red oak. The only problem was tear out on the striking surface.

Gavels were turned between centers. I used a very sharp skew but typical skew cuts were too difficult for me. I used it as a scraper with some success as long as I took very small cuts.

Tear out was very bad on some pieces. Any suggestions on how to improve the surface?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 01:09 AM

Any time you scrape stock on a lathe you run the risk of tearout.

A shearing cut is the easiest way to get a clean surface.

Could you try to make shear cuts across the face with a gouge and then nip the last bit with a good parting tool if still in spindle form?

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 02:12 AM

Oak can be tough to turn, sometimes.
Here are some suggestions and comments-

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 11:00 AM

Why not use a spindle gouges on you mallets? I have turned several with just ¾ “ roughing & ½ “ spindle gouge.

Only time have trouble using a skew is when lose bevel support or rushing the cut with dull tool.

Nice read you may find helpful.

-- Bill

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