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    Grain direction

    I was sorting through my boxes of cut-offs today, and came upon a number of pieces similar to this one:


    8/4 Mahagony pieces... I realize I could turn bottle stoppers or some such, with the grain along the axis of the turning. can those be turned with the grain going opposite the axis?

    Also, I've got a bunch of pieces similar to the one in the background: 10/4 QSWO. That one is probably going to be a bandsaw box, but I've got a fair amount of 3/4 oak pieces. I was thinking of small platters or bowls out of those, or should I just toss them on the burn pile?
    -Ned

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    USUALLY, i have large chunks facet off with my normal spindle turning tools. When I use a bowl gouge, though, i have better luck. The geometry of spindle tools seems to get under the grain enough to blow it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    ...Can those be turned with the grain going opposite the axis?
    I think you'll be fine with either orientation. One may be easier than the other, depending on your tools and how the wood cuts, but I've done both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    ...Also, I've got a bunch of pieces similar to the one in the background: 10/4 QSWO. That one is probably going to be a bandsaw box, but I've got a fair amount of 3/4 oak pieces. I was thinking of small platters or bowls out of those, or should I just toss them on the burn pile?
    If they are 3/4 thick, I'd think you could get small platters out of them. Best way to find out is try one or two. If you don't like it, then go for the BTUs instead.
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    Burn pile? BURN PILE??? My goodness, Ned. You have a lathe! You need to find a place for shavings!

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    As Jason said, bowl gouge. I would say that also but bowl gouges are impossible to use.
    Pictures later are mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Burn pile? BURN PILE??? My goodness, Ned. You have a lathe! You need to find a place for shavings!
    Carol,
    that's where I got them... literally from the burn pile at my wife's fire company field days... they cook their bbq chicken on scrap cut offs. At most they're about 6" long by 5 or 6" wide. I'm not out much if I toast them. Cost was right.
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    As Jason said, bowl gouge. I would say that also but bowl gouges are impossible to use.
    Pictures later are mandatory.
    I wish I Had a bowl gouge...

    one of these days...
    -Ned

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    The only luck I have had with short grain ( that's my term for it) is with a skew. Everything else seems to knock chunks out, then again I haven't tried out a bowl gouge on some yet. Maybe tomorrow....

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