|Forum topic by Dan Krager||posted 130 days ago||622 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
130 days ago
Here is a simple turning I tried with nothing to be lost if it didn’t work so well. The hedge is green, freshly cut about two months ago now so I thought it would turn fairly easily with sharp gouges and skews. Roughing out the small diameter log was no picnic, partly because there was a small knot near one end. The wood is SO tough that if it gets aligned so that your cutting edge slips under the grain, well something bad is likely to happen if you’re not thoroughly prepared. I started at a slow speed, about 200 rpm and as the high spots came down moved to about 600 rpm. It wasn’t much faster, but it was less likely to “catch”.
On the base piece, I ended up putting my router on the lathe to cut the recess. I just couldn’t persuade my bowl gouge to do it. I was parting this piece off, so I was pretty deep in the cut when the hollow ground parting tool caught and bent the blade. It surprised me how “easily” it bent the 1/8” wide x 1/2” tall cutter, but at least it didn’t disastrously snap. I was able to finish the parting with an adjusted angle so it didn’t grab.
It’s a utilitarian gardner’s tool to form transplanting pots from newspaper. This has been soaked thoroughly in melted parafin, but you can see it is already beginning to split. I don’t think it will tear itself apart completely, but it won’t be “pretty”. I just can’t imagine what this will be like to turn when it’s dry!
-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com