turning baltic birch ply edge question ?

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Forum topic by 9x9 posted 02-06-2015 02:02 AM 1104 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2015 02:02 AM

This is question I asked on AAW forum and thought I’ll post it here also

Hello I’m a newbie to woodturning——well not even a newbie more like a wanna-be, because don’t even have a lathe yet. Over 30 years of flat woodworking and very interested getting into woodturning. I make a lot of kids toys and my small round work been with hole saws and putting a bolt in center and turning on my drill press to finish. I use mostly ash wood and baltic birch ply for the toys. Some ply disc are 12” dia which I cut on bandsaw and finish on drill press. OK question time ——-> Can a baltic birch plywood edge on 12” dia and some smaller dia ones be turned down and finished on a lathe—- like cutting off 1/8” to 1/4” to get round and do some sanding to finish. Would the ply glue damage the tool (HSS) edge? Has anyone turned plywood edges before? Should I get a carbide tip tool just for doing this? This is baltic birch (1/2” and 3/4”) plywood which is 100% solid ply with no voids (well most of the time none). This is one of the reasons I want to get a lathe and into woodturning is to do round work for my toy projects. THANKS

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 02:41 AM

It looks like you have 4 questions. My answers to your questions are as follows;

1- Yes, it’s wood.

2- Nope. Cutting anything naturally dulls tools. if you are going to do woodturning, you should get a sharpening system to resharpen while turning.

3- Yes. I have turned Baltic Birch. It reacted like a piece of wood.

4- Not neccessary. If you have a sharpening system, you can resharpen your steel tools as they get dull. Carbide will dull and can be sharpened with diamond sharpening tools, but you can’t beat factory sharpening on new cutters which can get expensive.

Welcome to woodturning. Be prepared to spend your kids inheritance ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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