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New Video: Cutting techniques: cross grain spindle
Feb 11th, 2010 at 12:44pm
 
Hi:
I have uploaded a short video series about spindle turning on a piece of wood that is oriented as a face grain turning.  The question arose when a fellow glued up a laminated block to use to make a new front knob for his hand plane and was having trouble getting a good cut due to the grain direction.

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Re: New Video: Cutting techniques: cross grain spindle
Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:35pm
 
Hi Bob,

Thanks for another great video.  I have been turning about a year and have learned a lot from watching your videos.  I have a question for you. 

I noticed that most of the cuts that you did in this video were done in traditional spindle fashion, cutting down hill from large diameters to small.  But I was wondering, since this is cross grain, why not cut like you would the outside of a bowl going from small diameters to large? 

I certainly cannot question your results, as you got a great finish, and I realize that all of the "rules" do not have to be followed all of the time, but would it make sense to cut it that way even though this  is is a spindle?  Or is my lack of experience showing?  Undecided

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Re: New Video: Cutting techniques: cross grain spindle
Reply #2 - Feb 13th, 2010 at 12:02am
 
Hi, Alan:

Short answer:  I don't know.  Cheesy 

I really never thought about it.  I'll have to give it a try next time I am out in the shop.  It may just be that when I saw a "dowel" shape between centers I automatically cut it as a spindle, always downhill.

Good question.
Bob
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Re: New Video: Cutting techniques: cross grain spindle
Reply #3 - Feb 13th, 2010 at 10:02am
 
Alan you are correct.
There is nothing wrong with the method Bob used. The only thing is that you put yourself at a higher risk of a  chipout.
Everyone is different, I would have treated this just like a small bowl.
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Re: New Video: Cutting techniques: cross grain spindle
Reply #4 - Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:27pm
 
Well, I tried it this morning and I have to say the results were mixed.  I found it very difficult to establish a bevel supported cut going uphill on this small diameter and when I did get the cut going well I had trouble keeping the movement smooth enough to leave an unrippled surface.  The wood did cut cleanly for the most part although there did seem to be a few torn fibers at the top of the "bead" where the cut was fading out. 

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