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Forum topic by Karda posted 07-31-2020 05:39 AM 357 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2020 05:39 AM

Hi i have a couple pieces of very dry red oak that have to be turned end grain. I want to try something different so I started a box. however when turning the inside I cannot not get a catch and for some reason the wood tears out near the center. Also I will cutting smoothly towards the center but when I get close the gouge stars cutting deeper by it self. Any guesses what I am doing wrong

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#1 posted 07-31-2020 07:03 PM

Some folks use a twist drill bit to or gouge to define center & depth of bottom & top, notice how these folk use different tools to do the same things.

I started out using Raffin method and varied my techniques over the years.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 07-31-2020 08:31 PM

I have watched many videos but I know exactly what to do until the tool meets the wood then I can’t seem to do what i see on the video. I have made boxes before and have not had this problem, but I wasn’t turning dry red oak this appears to be quite porous

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#3 posted 08-01-2020 12:39 AM

Mike, looking at those tool marks, I would say you didn’t have your tool rest adjusted properly. I’ve gotten the same marks before. Sometimes they were oriented the opposite direction. I don’t know whether my tool was low or too high but after adjusting, I haven’t had that issue in a while. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 08-01-2020 01:05 AM

ok i’ll check that, i realy gota go back to box school. I put the bottom on and I can’t cut that either. I hsave 1/34 hole in that one

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