Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Dealing with End grain

jg
>Shortly after turning my first mallet (and that's all), I came into a whole bunch of pin oak trunks. So I took them home for practice wood.

I've been make cylinders out of them on the bandsaw then reducing those cylinders on the lathe for practice. When they get to the lathe they're about 12" long by 9" dia.

Tonight I started to make a deep, straight sided "bowl" from one. I'm having hell with the end grain. Catches, and generally a LOOONG tedious time.

I'm trying to keep my tools sharp but, being new, I having trouble there too. Can you guys give me hints, both technique and proper tools, for getting this endgrain dug out quickly?

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