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#1 posted 09-22-2020 08:41 PM

I find hard Maple to be very friendly to turn and I cut my teeth on a Harbor Freight lathe. I’ve since switched to a bigger one but the HF lathes, both the midi and the full size are good tools.

I also wouldn’t put the spindle gouges away so quickly. They are precisely the tool I would use to turn these legs. I suspect maybe you’re sharpening geometry or presentation may be at play here. As well as vibration and loosening of tailstock pressure. A round nose scraper or a carbide tool may be just what you need to do your final passes. Either can handle fickle grain that can’t decide which way it wants to run.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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