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  • Gary2019
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Gary2019 created the topic: help

Hi all
I am rather new to turning I bought A lathe a few months and have only
used it 3 or 4 timies. :(
I know i need to get some glue to help stop the chipping, but what is the
best to use? An d whare can I find it?
I would like to post a few pucks of my first atempt. how can I do this?
You're help is needed :? [/img]
  • Travlr7

Travlr7 replied the topic: Help

Evenin' Gary

I'll take the Picture Post first. On the main page, there are instructions on how to be able to post pictures here. Hope that helps that problem.

Now for the "glue" problem. Could you please elaborate about your problem? Also, you stated that you have only used the lathe 3 or 4 times. Are you new to turning? Have you taken any classes? How sharp are your tools? Are your tools "catching and ripping out the wood? And, finally, what kind of wood are you turning?

Don't mean to be overloading you with questions. The answers you give will help identify the problem. Glue is usually a last resort, for something major.

Bruce :wink:
  • Gary2019
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Gary2019 replied the topic: thanks Bruce

yae you could say I'm new to turning..lol :lol:
I took some classes back in the mid 70's in germany while I was
in the Army. Just thought I would try it agen, but I'm only home 3 to 5
days a month. :evil:
I do keep my tools sharp I check them and sharpen them B4 I use them
but the wood I'm useing is brittel and chips easily. Of all things its from a
weed that grew into a tree in my back yard I cut it down last June.
And just held onto a few chunks. I also have some ceider and pecon
to work with, but I am useing the weed for practice.

  • Travlr7

Travlr7 replied the topic: Help.


Don't know what it is that you're turning, but I would suggest finding someone's Woodpile and asking for a couple of pieces.

If you are turning Spindles and you work from the high spot to the low spot, you should cut down on the chiip-outs.

Now, if you are turning bowls, there are other questions.

Is it the outside that's chip out or the inside?

What tool are you using when it happens?

Is there a wood supplier, like Woodcraft in your home town?

How about a local Turning Club or Woodworking Club? They are great places to get help. :D

Also, please keep up this discussion. We'll come up with something.

Bruce :wink:
  • Gary2019
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Gary2019 replied the topic: Re: help

Well bruce half the time I don't know what I have.LOL.
Like I seid Im a trucker and I tent to pick up wood from all over.
I have some pecan and wallnut chunks but I'm saveing that for a bit.
I have some apple chunks from WA. and some cyprus from FL.
I tend to pick up wood while I'm on the road.. my wife is getting a
pit peaved..lmao.. good thing I can't take a chain saw with me :lol:
I do use my gouge quite a bit for roughfing out and shaping at
slow speeads. I will addmit I need new tools. I have a small set.
better for carving or a mini lathe.But I will get that next month.
when I get back home.
  • Travlr7

Travlr7 replied the topic: help

Didn't know you were an OTR trucker. That explains a lot about your turning time.

While driving around, if you can find Maple, Hackberry, Cherry and Walnut, you will find that they all turn very nice. Since the wood is free, unless it's really figured, any of these are good practice wood.

You mentioned "slow speed" Once you have the piece balanced, the faster it turns, the smoother the finish. Howeever, at higher speeds, the "Catches" get more dramatic.

Once I get an 8 or 9" piece round and balances. I turn the speed up to at least 1400 rpm and sometimes as high as 3800 rpm. But, as I said before,you have to feel comfortable with speed.

If you ever get through Peoria, Illinois, maybe we can meet.

Bruce :wink: