Today I had a part of the day free to do some turning. Before I had to rush around and finish off buying Christmas stuff. So, I put up a large round hunk of Walnut and cut it round the best that I could. Then mounted it up and started truing it up. It started at about 15" diameter and 19" long. However, as i started to turn it at low speed (under 200) I noticed it had a thick amount of sap wood to cut thru. The final diameter turned out to be 9" diameter and 18 1/4 long.
I ran out of time so, I lightly sprayed it with soap mixture/water and wrapped it with seran wrap and left it on the lathe.
Question: I use a 2 1/2 - 3" Forestner bit (saw tooth type) usually to bore a hole to depth prior to hollowing but I usually struggle with it because it freezes up as i bore even if I only do a little at at time and pull it out frequently.
Anybody, out there know a more effective way to bore with the forestner bit method ???? How fast are you drilling at ??
Ohh and i know some do not do it this way but I perfer using the forestner bit to bore.