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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 11:34 PM

I started practice turning on my lathe using scraps of douglas fir 2×4s. The coarse grain likes to split off large chunks. Some of that may also have been inexperience. Keep your tools sharp and ride the bevel. Scraping will probably result in a lot or tear-out.

Also, look at the ends and try to avoid the pith. Most home store 4×4s are from the center of the log. 4×8s might be the same, although you may get lucky and the pith is off to the side so you get one good half from each beam.

-- Steve

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