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#1 posted 09-22-2020 12:28 PM

Hard maple is not your problem, nor is the HF lathe. All the lathe does is spin the wood. As long as there no vibrations, you are good to go. All the rest of lathe features are the same. You didn’t say how many projects you completed before you attempted the leg job. Turning requires a learning curve; learn to walk before you try to run. I can see a few issues from your pics. First make a model of your leg from pine that you can transfer dimension to the maple. I did not see registration marks in any of your pics. I did see some peculiar gouges from the spindle gouge that looks like a slow speed catch or wrong tool rest level. Carbides have their place in the tool arsenal. They are great for roughing and some detail. Above all, don’t give up, keep trying. If you need more details, pm me. And don’t buy legs, you will love your own regardless of the mistakes.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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