Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Question on turning porch column bases

Gary Walker
>I am wanting to turn a new base for my porch columns. It is 12" in dia and 1 3/8" thick with a cove in the edge. I appears to be made from glued up pieces of pine. Is there a better wood to use for this application? I am afraid of tearout. It will be outside, of course, and painted. I have a lathe and I have done some turning before but no face turning. Any advice on proper tools and tecniques would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Gary

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