Wood Turning Help


Old 10-30-08, 09:02 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Western Kentucky
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Question Wood Turning Help

Just started turning wood and love it but have many questions. Do I use Green Wood or dry? Do I turn with the grain or away? As you can see I'm NEW!!!! Oh and then what do you recomend to put on your turned items? Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-30-08, 02:35 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southeast, Pa
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Hi and welcome to what we turners affectionately call the "vortex". You can turn green or dry wood. Turning green is easier and a little more fun with all of the ribbons of wood flying around, but you have to turn to a determined thickness then put it aside and let it dry, then finish turning. There are many finishes and most of the more experienced guys have their favorites, I turn pens and small items mostly so I usually use a friction polish. A good woodworking forum is Sawmillcreek.org. I think you will find it very helpful.
Old 10-30-08, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southeast, Pa
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By the way, if you get the chance try turning some Corian or other soild surface material. You can polish it to a high gloss and it holds the shine very well. I like turning it better than the acrylics you can buy.

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