New to the site and got some of those question that I am sure always come up time and time again…I will thank you for your patience now. I picked up an old lathe about 3 years ago and broke the head stock off it on project 3 or 4. Got a cheaper new one a month or 2 back and have been learning by trial and error…..and more errors. Found this site the other day and have been reading and got some of the questions answered and learned several things but I have to suspect different techniques may apply to different woods, such as drying a piece that was turned form green wood. Seals or even paints seemed to be used by many on logs and rough turned project. On a project I have to assume the coating are just cut off when remounted…. I use a face plate now with no jaws so I am questioning the troubles of a real thick base on one end and thin wall for the rest (bowls). In turn real uneven drying, and that seems to equal cracks and warping from what I am finding. So far I would prefer to do a project start to finish in one shot. I have read about boiling wood. Can anyone educate this guy on that? Microwaving wood? I have dried a couple things on paper bags. Red oak from my fire wood pile was a success. Had a few small cracks that opened up and then closed back up while drying…But wasnt real wet to start with. Some green maple, going to guess silver maple, didn’t not go so well. One project is a loss and the other I will try some fillers I read about here and I do believe it will look sharp when done. By no means am I against cracks, aka character in my book but I would like to have control over that to some point. Just did a wine bottle out of buckthorn and part of the reason I choose that wood was because of a crack. Those items mentioned are waiting to be finished, which brings me to my next question, finishes. I would like something generally food safe and a wicked shine if I choose so. Never used a sand sealer, recommended? Never used waxes or polishes or buffing? I have done some tests on a few things and found runs on curves surfaces are tough. Seems if I apply to light the finish is dull, and apply it any heavier it runs. Faster drying times may also be something I should consider. I am interested in any types and techniques one may be willing to share. Cutting tools I am using are subpar and would like to get an upgrade here and there in the future. Tools with carbide inserts look nice for hollowing out but I don’t know how they perform. I see what they cost…. I have gone on long enough for today, thanks again and I will see about getting some pics up to share what I have created thus far.