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Allan Miller
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White Oak for Turning?
Feb 27th, 2018 at 6:19pm
 
Is white oak not a good wood to turn? The tear out even with freshly sharpened tools is pretty bad. When I roughed out the last piece it went in the kiln at 20.7% moisture and took it out today to do a finish turning and it was at 5.9% but no matter what I tried the tear out on the end grain was bad. The more I tried to get it out with a shear cut the worse it appeared to get.
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Re: White Oak for Turning?
Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2018 at 11:01pm
 
You might try using shellac and/or CA to firm up the end grain.  I turn a lot of oak, mostly red oak, but have not had that kind of problem with the white oak as you have.  Also, even though it is end grain, just like petting a dog, make sure you are not cutting cutting when the grain is not supported. I know that is not always possible.
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Re: White Oak for Turning?
Reply #2 - Mar 16th, 2018 at 10:22pm
 
Allan it may just be an unusual tree or any number of other things because I use white oak and they make some of the best salad bowls that I make and sell. There are so many different species of oak that are all classified into a large group called white oak. Of all the trees of white oak I have used only one ever gave me any degree of difficulty and that was in cracking.
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Re: White Oak for Turning?
Reply #3 - Mar 17th, 2018 at 2:23pm
 
I got several new chisels from carter and sons now and I think that was 90% of the problem, the old cheapie chisels weren’t heat treated very well and had a hard time holding an edge.
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