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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 03:05 AM

Tom – hard maple is 1450 on the Janka Hardness Scale.
I recently turned some Marblewood and it is 2532 on the hardness scale.
it is more fibrous than maple and splinters easily. but after a few minutes
of adjusting the speed and knowing the wood, it wasn’t that hard to turn
and came out rather nice.
I think that your issues just comes down to not having enough experience.
we all have traveled the learning curve. (I stay on it like a hamster on his stupid wheel).
even the most experienced bowl turners have catastrophic episodes now and then.
it is fun part of woodworking.
as mentioned above – purchase the legs that you like and spend your lathe time
making “one of a kind” pieces. I would rather take a beating than turn legs or spindles.
it just ain’t my cup of tea. and I have only turned one bowl since high school shop class.
(and that was around 1964 I think).
stick with it – you’ll get there. (some of my Harbor Freight turnings are on my projects page).



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