Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Turning face grain knobs - tricks?

Scott in Douglassville, PA
>Hey, everyone -

I'm turning a replacement knob for one of my bench planes. Found a nice chunk of cherry that will work, but it's a little short. Flip it on edge - Hey! - it's the right size, and a face grain knob would look sweet.

I'm sure most of you know where this is going: I'm roughing the thing round, and it's shooting shards of cherry shrapnel at me. Short of turning it using rasps and files (hmm...), are there any tricks to turning face grain knobs and such that I should have in mind?

Thanks, everyone.
Scott, burning up the CarbaTec in Douglassville, PA

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