Turning Archive 2005

Am I trying to do the impossible? *PIC*

Carole in VA
>Just how smooth should one be able to get end grain? I have tried every cut I can think of...scrape with a scraper, shear cut and vertical shear cut with a gouge, etc. Only thing I haven't hit it with yet is an 80 grit gouge, which I am trying to avoid because I want to learn to do it with tools. I even though about trying a skew, but my toolrest won't go high enough. Should I be able to get this stuff as glassy as I can end grain in flat work with a sharp plane or is that pie in the sky? I am getting frustrated when I run into this. On other pieces, I have tried oil, wood hardener, etc and didn't like the result from any of those methods.

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