Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
I think practice makes perfect whether turning boxes, birdhouse & bell ornaments, or small end grain bowls.
Some folks start and finish end grain projects with a forstner bit. I do some end grain turning with forstner bits (birdhouses, coin banks) because no one will see inside.
Using a spindle gouge to turn end grain much smoother and faster, start to finish. I used method taught by Richard Raffin when first started turning end grain boxes. He demonstrates procedure on “Turning Wood,” video now out on DVD. Now use combination of drill bits, forstner bits, gouges and scrappers to turn end grain.