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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 02-18-2019 10:02 PM 400 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2019 10:02 PM

The video explains my conundrum

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 12:34 AM

I’m getting close to the center of the beam and its becoming extremely hard so the progress slowed a lot. Do I power through and take the time or do I stop where I am and finish shaping at this diamter?

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 02:40 AM

You must try to visualize what the project will look like at conclusion. Sometimes, your project evolves as you go along. Weedpots are one of my favorite “pastimes”. When I run across a piece of wood that says to me weedpot, I go from there. My grandkids ask what I put in my weedpots. This is in reference to marijuana. As for your project, a rough pot will look just fine because you only have yourself to please. Good luck and let us see the finished product.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 03:02 AM

I’m actually planning on selling. Any clue why the wood is so hard towards the center?

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 12:37 PM

Yes Patrick the sap actually does turn into a sort of concrete, it’s resin. You’ll need sharp tools and will have to clean & sharpen often for a clean cut. If some spots are soft I like to use minwax wood hardener.

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 12:42 PM

Perfect thanks Grant, so even if the tool is super Sharp it’s still going to be slow and cautious when turning it?

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#6 posted 02-19-2019 01:20 PM

You are dealing with dry early & late wood more than sap so yes if want clean cuts wll have to resharpen often to avoid tear out.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 01:41 PM

When you get towards the center, the cutting gets tougher because of the lower feet per minute speed. Keep your tools sharp, and keep turning.

Set up a piece of flat wood on a faceplate and turn it round. Then, start at the outside edge. Notice what the shavings are doing. They are probably flying off pretty good, and flying into your face. Proceed toward the center and notice how the shavings reduce their velocity as you near center. At center, they will barely crawl off the end of your tool. I suppose that’s just Physics. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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