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Forum topic by Karda posted 09-23-2018 02:19 AM 876 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2018 02:19 AM

Hi, I have been turning black walnut lately and have been having a terrible time with tear out.Its seems that walnut is prone to tear out is this true. remembering back I can’t think of a species of wood that I have turned that has had that much tear out and its deep. Any suggestions thanks mike

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 03:17 AM

Hi Mike

Shallower cuts, and sharper tools. Walnut like a lot of woods can have a fairly open grain, and it if you go deep, especially with a tool in need of sharpening like a lot of woods, you’ll be seeing some chunks. Get after those, and they quickly become ragged chunks.

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 03:24 AM

ok thanks

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 01:48 PM

Know you don’t like watching videos but this DVD to have and review worth your attention. If can find Bowl Turning With Del Stubbs DVD normally less than $20 in your area buy it. Was my first VCR tape on woodturning ever bought.
Here is a short sample:

This guy makes everything about bowl turning so easy to understand! Yes it is old but nothing really changed about turning bowls.

Little backgtound on the guy:

No longer a professional woodturner, has a knife making business.

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 01:53 PM

Other than already mentioned maybe the same as punky wood.
Turn close to the shape then start coating with a sanding sealer to harden the wood. I use 1 part shellac to 2 parts DNA. Dries fairly quickly. You will probably need to add new sealer at least every 1/8 -1/4” removed.

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#5 posted 09-23-2018 09:14 PM

Thanks for the del Stubbs links I’ll see what I can find, any suggestion where I might find his videos. Any on utube.. Lee the wood isn’t punky this happens with all the walnut I have turned from several different trees. Other wood i get tear out but not as bad that why I thought it might be a quirk of the wood

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#6 posted 09-23-2018 09:49 PM

I don’t turn much but when I do the shavings just fly off. Bevel always in contact with the wood.

Do you have shavings or dust? What does the surface look like? Poor?

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 12:09 AM

I have a little of both, I think I am getting better at sharpening, maybe things cut better sometimes but I still get a lot of tear out

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 02:07 AM

I’d guess the problem is that the tools aren’t sharp enough. After all these years of turning this and that, I can tell when it’s time to walk to the bench grinder. There’s a Veritas tool rest on it, which is infinitely variable on angles of sharpening. I can sharpen a dull gouge in 30 seconds. Takes longer to find the angle on a scraper.

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