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Forum topic by NaptownWood posted 06-18-2014 02:55 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NaptownWood

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06-18-2014 02:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

I put a couple of bowls up here in the last month, and a ring or two, and got one comment. I guess its dog eat dog and I got eaten!

I dont want praise or kudos or ego stroking, maybe just a few more comments about how I can get rid of my tool marks!

BTW, I have tried it all, and I am on green just cut wood, microwaving it as I go, and dealing with constantly moving stock.

Well, I guess I should put up my cutting board then. 59 comments.

I want to get better, ya silent MF’ers.

I am not innocent on providing comments either, but damn.

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TheFridge

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 03:15 AM

Ha. Don’t know if this gonna help.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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NaptownWood

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 03:17 AM

Was a sinking ship flare anyway. But hey, thanks for the reply!! Hahaha

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bandit571

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 03:21 AM

One way you might try, taught to me by a Shopsmith Salesman a long time ago:

Take a stick of wood at least as hard if not harder than the wood you are turning. Press this into the turning stock.HARD. Creates a nice smooth surface. have to watch out though, it might leave a burn mark.

I have been turning RedOak leg spindles. Used a block of walnut as a burnisher. No tool marks..

YMMV

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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NaptownWood

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 03:26 AM

Thats a good one. Like pushing shavings into it as a burnisher.

However, I am lost as to the green bowls in one night. Its possible. I have seen mysterious internet videos to collaborate my claims.

The wood moves, and will never true up enough to use a scraper., I will finish these bowls in an evening if it kills me.

This new one was only at 24 percent when halved.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 06-18-2014 03:33 AM

Green wood bowls need to be left a bit on the thick side. get close, then let them dry at least over night, if not longer.

Leave them thick, at least twice what you are trying to get down to. Let them sit to dry.

Then remount them and finish them up. You could do a bunch of green wood bowls on one weekend, next weekend finish them all. In-between the two sessions, the bowls will have time to acclimate and settle down. By leaving them a bit thicker, you can then even up a warping going on. Besides, they will scrape better dry.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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NaptownWood

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#6 posted 06-18-2014 03:37 AM

Damn. Is there no one who can do it in one night? If I can get it to 20 percent or less, and keep it thick, like 3/4 or 1 ”, I vant do it? Microwave be damned?

I have heard of a guy who sprays rubbing alcohol on the green edge and scares away the moisture enough to turn a little more, and repeat.

Gotta be a way.

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 03:40 AM

“One way you might try, taught to me by a Shopsmith Salesman a long time ago:

Take a stick of wood at least as hard if not harder than the wood you are turning. Press this into the turning stock.HARD. Creates a nice smooth surface. have to watch out though, it might leave a burn mark.

I have been turning RedOak leg spindles. Used a block of walnut as a burnisher. No tool marks..

YMMV”
- bandit571

Walnut isn’t as hard as Red Oak is, though.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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NaptownWood

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 03:42 AM

Quit replying to this damn thing. Im trying to work, damn it! Hahahahahah

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bandit571

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 03:48 AM

That one was.. Kind of full of knots and such. Wasn’t worth using for anything remotely good. It had something called KPI…..Knots Per Inch. Almost three per inch. I also had a chunk of white Oak handy.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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NaptownWood

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 03:54 AM

GD. I said No!! Hahhhahahahaaa

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#11 posted 06-18-2014 08:46 PM

Having a hard time understanding your problem. Assume using sharp tools. Are you using three point tool grip and using your body as you either push or pull cut?

Are you trying to turn a complete bowl at one time or roughing out a bowl blank? I would stop using the micro wave before you finish turning a bowl. Wood will dry spinning on the lathe as you turn wood thinner.

Tim normally demonstrates both push & pull cut while turning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZw1h4rRxAw

When I turn a bowl from start to finish my final thickness is uniform either ¼” or 3/8” sanding and finishing all done at the same time. I will finish a small bottom section off the lathe after reverse turning.

-- Bill

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 06-18-2014 09:16 PM

I would give you suggestions, but since I have never run a lathe before, I doubt if it would help.

One thing that has helped me, I put right in the title that I want opinions. That seems to open up the conversation.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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NaptownWood

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 09:17 PM

I am trying to do it in one go. From chainsaw cuts to applying a finish innabout 3-4 hours. I usually start the roughing out, get it an inch thick, then I microwave if it is still above 30 percent or so. I then get it thinner and start to make the finish cuts. Sharp tool. Usually right at 1000 rpms. Fastest speed I can get without changing pulleys.

I cant sand these things out. I move from bowl gouge, to scraping with a spindle gouge on its side, then a round nose scraper. my scraper form needs help for sure. Then sanding with a pad on my drill.

I do not have these problems with kiln dried wood.

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 09:54 PM

Monte, if you buy a lathe, you’ll be hooked immediately. And then you’ll be wondering why you hadnt done it earlier. And then you’ll be cussing tool marks

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 10:14 PM

Here is the bowl from last night. Not finished yet. In the endgrain sections you can see the lighter horizontal marks. These marks are not consistent throughout, more like slight gouges that start and stop. This is after sparpening and really lightening the cuts up at 1000rpm. I get rid of these and new ones show up. Eventually, I stop and accept it. The wood is moving faster than I can smooth it—it seems to me.

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