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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 11-15-2014 12:15 AM 694 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2014 12:15 AM

well I got my mini lathe set up today,,,haven’t ever turned anything so I got me a scrap piece of 2×2 treated pine and thought I would try,,,it wasn’t all that bad bud I did keep having chunks pulled out after I got it rounded,,,i thought my tools were sharp enough,,maybe I was wrong or maybe the wood I was using was not the correct type,,,can anyone help a newbie,,lol,,

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 12:38 AM

I think everyone will need more info probably. What tool? and any other info or pic you can provide. It is most likely tool presentation, even if the tool is dull, f you have chunks out. A lot of presentation is very difficult to describe in words; knowing which tool helps to provide assistance or direct you to a safe youtube video showing proper use.

Pine is fine to learn with but I would not use treated. Unless they have changed treated wood contains arsenic and they state to not even burn it if you are in the smoke area, certainly do no sand it.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 01:02 AM

+1 to leaving the treated stuff alone. I can offer no advice on turning as I am not very good at it, look around the site awhile there are some folks here that are awesome turners.

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 01:10 AM

Pine is really tough to turn without tearing it but it can be done. If you are just starting try getting a couple of pen kits. That is how I started turning and found pens to be really fun and not very difficult. You could also try turning christmas ornaments (tis the season). Both are small projects that don’t use a ton of wood so if you screw up you aren’t out too much.

-- James

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