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post #1 of 9 Old 09-12-2011, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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A couple of questions

First of all I must tell you I have read the first 30 pages of this forum and already have learned so much. I am anxious to find out what I will learn from past entries as well as future entries.

As you can see I am so new I still shine so I will tell you a short version of why I started this hobby.

I retired recently and was really thinking what to do with my time. You never realize how those 8 hours are hard to fill. I decided on woodturning for 2 reasons. I use to do woodworking as a hobby and wood is all around you so therefore no overhead!! Was I ever wrong! All the accessories needed made me think of getting a job!

I decided to turn a cane as my first project and was doing fine till it became smaller and rounder. I now know why they sell supports for long spindles. It is VERY hard to get a smooth cut in the center of a 40" piece of wood due to it having so much give. Short of buying a manufactured support, does anyone have a solution to that problem?

2nd question is I am using cherry and I realize it will darken I feel the color should be of a darker nature so am thinking of staining the cain. Is there a color of stain that will enhance the cane and not take away from it?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-12-2011, 07:59 PM
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THere are plans out there to make your own spindle steady...just google it. As for stain, my preference is for natural and just let it age.

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+1 on what SDF said. Do a search for "steady rest" and see if the neighbor kids have some skateboard wheels you could use.

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welcome to the addicting world of turning. If you want that cherry cane to age, just put it out in the sunlight for a bit. It will darken in short order.
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Here is one that I saw on the web for small spindles. I don't remember who came up with it. Looks like it should work to me.
I would bring the bottom one slightly forward so the spindle could sit down on it more.

1+ on firehawsmph and just use the sun. If you really want to dye/stain maybe something in a mahogany tone.
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Thumbs down

Thanks to each of you for your responses and NC that looks like it might work and simple enough to copy. It really is needed for long spindle or cane work.
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When turning long thin spindles without a steady rest , starting in the center and working out , a bit to the left , a bit to the right in sections is a good method .
It takes the whip out if it , well a portion if it anyway

Finish each section as best as you can as you go , including sanding .
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Cherry ages beautifully. If you stain it, I will hunt you down and hurt you.

But, welcome aboard

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Originally Posted by phinds View Post
Cherry ages beautifully. If you stain it, I will hunt you down and hurt you.

But, welcome aboard

I have had it sitting outside all day.....I knew all along I didn't want to stain it
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