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Turning a bowl blank sealed in wax

by LarryAS
posted 10-01-2018 12:16 PM

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 01:18 PM

It sounds like your tools aren’t sharp enough. Wet wood should turn more easily than dry.

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 02:05 PM

I agree, sharpen your tools. Wet wood is a dream to turn. If you want a nice perfect bowl, then turn it rough, leaving it a 1/2” thick. Then paper bag it in own chips and wait for it to dry.
Or, when turning wet wood. You can finish it in a single turning session. Must get it a uniform thickness or it will crack while drying. And finish it all in one session at the lathe.
If you walk away from it for a lunch break, and return an hour later the wood will have moved enough to make a huge difference.
The bowl will warp some as it dries. Never known what you will get. I like that myself.
Also, leave enough on the bottom of the bowl to go back and clean it up after it dries. Sometimes they move enough that ththeththey don’t sit flat after drying.

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 06:09 PM

While I think sharpening your tools may be the solution, how the tool is used (presented to the wood) may also be the cause. What type of tools are you using? How far from the tool rest to the blank? Was the blank round to start with? Bowl size (diameter and depth)? What is your turning speed? How is the wood grain oriented to the axis of rotation?How do you know wood is not dry? Was the tear out inside or outside the bowl? Sorry to ask so many questions but the answers to them may let us help you further and better.

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 12:00 PM

Rough turn the bowl and leave the walls about 10% of the dia – 10” bowl 1” thick, I put them in a thick brown paper bag with chips, weight it, write it down on the bag, then wait. Check wt once a week when it stops changing finish turn. Does sound like edge sharpness and or presentation to the wood needs work

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