Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Turning Curly Bubinga - Hard and Soft wood *LINK*

Craig Daymon
>I've got a piece of Curly Bubinga on the lathe (JET Mini) right now to turn a small bowl. It looks like great stuff. It is, in general, hard as a rock, but the end grain or possibly the fact that it is curly seems to create a very strong difference in the hardness of different areas of the wood. I'm getting a bounce to the turn that seems to be taking more out of one area (end grain?) than another. Maybe as much as a 32 of an inch.

It is possible (likely) that the tools need sharpening, but is there anything special I should be doing when encountering such varied density in wood within a piece of a single species? How do the segmented turners out there deal with this?

Thanks in advance,

Craig

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