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Blog entry by woodman71 posted 09-06-2009 02:43 AM 1169 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried some wood turning on nested bowels I like turning but don’t have much luck. I should tell you what I tried stack laminated walnut half inch thick with quarter inch cherry when done with laminated it measured 11/1/4 by 11/1/4 square them I found the center and made four circles and then I cut the laminated in half and then I band saw to give me half circles glued 3/4 inch walnut for the bottom of the bowels and glued the half circles together all at once to give me three bowels and when I turned had a lot of grain tear and the glue joints were the half circle were glued when sanding start to pull apart I would put picture up but these pieces and just bad. I think I’m going to enroll in a class at woodcraft to get a better understanding on how to turn but for know I will just keep making furniture sometimes for me those little craft project just frustrated me to know end thanks for reading any in put is greatly appreciate

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#1 posted 09-06-2009 03:04 AM

If at first you don’t succeed ….

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 03:29 AM

practice makes perfect. A wise old turner told me you have to turn at least 50 of a piece to get the feel for it.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 03:33 AM

I just ruined three pieces tonight but I will be back out there tomorrow trying again until I figure it out.

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 05:51 AM

If you didn’t have failures you wouldn’t appreciate the good ones!

-- Woodisit

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 07:18 AM

Where you glued the halves back together, was it end grain? That could be the problem with them not holding.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 05:42 PM

I would suggest you try solid wood first, it’s a lot easier and you will become more quickly acquainted with your turning tools and also get an idea about how to cut the various grain directions. It could be that your laminations came apart while sanding due to the glue being reactivated by heat being generated by the sanding. This might be due to what type of glue was used or sanding with too much pressure. You can relieve the heat a lot by backing your sandpaper up with a piece of leather or rawhide. It also helps to sand lightly through each grit.

Lastly, I would like to say that knowledge will make all the difference to your turning abilities. When I bought my lathe I got a video showing basic turning and sharpening techniques. This made all the difference for me, and I’m sure it will for you too. I sure hope you will not give up too easy on turning. It’s a very pleasurable pastime and easy to learn and do with the right training. Good luck.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 06:39 PM

TY for telling the truth about your experience. Just reading about it and the comments from others has helped me already. stefang, I appreciate the advice as to using a leather or rawhide backing. I will be incorporating this method in the future. woodman71, you keep trying, I need the learning experiences as well.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 02:08 AM

Thanks to all I will not give up I think that when I wrote this blog I was more up set at the fact that I sent about 100.00 in wood and it was only good for the fireplace Like I said I will look in to a class at woodcraft I seen they have class for wood turning thanks Stefang I will try the leather the next time.Topamax yes it was were the end grain was I would like to know if you use a diffident glue for wood turning . thanks again

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 07:03 AM

I have a lathe I recently bought, but haven’t set it up or turned yet. Normally, end grain gluing doesn’t hold very well. If you halved it on a rip cut, the glue should hold a lot better.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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