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Posted on Wood that can't be turned?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 01:37 AM

+1 from a 2000 KM away it is very hard to do more than guess?

+10 Total novice in wood turning. So don’t feel bad.

+1 Could be related to using slow speed, lathe issues, stock vibration due poor balance, or wrong tool.

Looking at cuts, I see a couple signs that cutting angle is wrong and cut depth is too aggressive for shaping?
Adjust the tool rest and try different angles?
Have you tried higher speed? Spindle shaping is done at higher speeds than roughing out square.

+1 Try a scraper.
Deep gouge cuts are fine for roughing out material, but best to switch to scraping action for shaping (regardless of tool). With right rake angle and cutter relief angle should be able to just touch wood and remove shavings not heavy strips. Plus, hardest wood requires sharpest tools and more patience.

Now for some turning Blasphemy:
Personally, I don’t like wood turning as it requires a lot of time/patience/skill if you are following a plan.
Trying to make copies of table legs drove me nuts. Would have to make 7-8 to get 4 good ones.
IMHO – Free hand wood turning is for artists, just like wood carving.
And #IAMAKLUTZ tool abusing wood worker, not an ar-TIST.
BUT Give me a metal lathe where tool location is controlled with hand wheel and I can make anything. :-)

If/When you decide to give up, can buy spindles from Osborne or Adams. That is what I do these days, when I can’t convince someone else to make them for me.

Best Luck!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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