Turning Archive 2006

Tip for newbies

Carole Valentine
>I was preparing a Catalpa log today between centers. Catalpa is a very soft wood and as I was going through my usual mounting prep for wood like this, I thought maybe posting my method for keeping my spur center from spinning in end grain or punky wood might help someone else.
Once you have found the point you want as center, use a forstner bit the size of your spur center to drill a shallow hole about 1/8" deep. Hammer your center in then remove it. Saturate the fresh wood in the forstner hole with thin CA glue, let it cure then tap your center back into place and carry on. The hole serves two purposes - it gives a flat surface for the spur center and it contains the CA so it doesn't run all over you. :) Works for me.

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