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Qtr Sawn White Oak?

Can you turn Quarter Sawn White Oak?

I have one piece of it out of a grab box I got from Woodcraft. Had it for a while and thought I would put it on the lathe...for what idk?

Is it worth turning?
Is it a bad idea? Good Idea?
Does oak turn well? (i've only turned cherry so far?)

Also does cocobola glue up well? I believe I remember that I have read somewhere that "something" needs to be done to it before putting the glue on it?


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post #2 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 11:25 PM
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White Oak...yes, it turns well...it might dull your cutters a little quicker than cherry, but I think it turns well. Rick

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I'm no expert but I would guess that it is pointless to turn quartersawn wood in general. The grain from it is most distinct in plank form. I would suggest just getting some nice oak logs and working with them.
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Cocobolo is a very oily wood and has problems with glue and finishes. The degree and affect of the oil varies enormously from piece to piece.

Acetone will help a lot with the glueing and de-waxed shellac will act as a barrier coat which can then be covered by any finish of your choice.

I've had no trouble gluing it myself (without acetone) but I glue only small pieces (no more than several inches by a couple of inches, and I usually glue freshly sanded surfaces.

I've had tremendous problems with finishing it, but the de-waxed shellac does away with the problems completely.

Turning quartersawn wood can result in some striking surfaces. I recommend it, but depending on the angle of your bowl sides, you will lose a lot of the flaking as the curve takes the surface away from quartersawn.

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So far (about 6 months now) the Cocobolo fingerboard I put on my son's guitar has had no issues. Now, it's only a 1/4 inch thick, by about 2 inches by by 14 inches so it may not be particularly oily (and I don't remember thinking it was oily while working with it) but I didn't do anything special to glue it to the neck of the guitar. Just Titebond II.
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What about Basswood? Is it safe to turn it?
I know a lot of people carve it....

Does it turn well?

Thought about just practicing with it.
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Ack, I haven't turned any basswood to this point, but it's fairly soft and light. The only thing I'd be worried about when trying it is to make sure your tools are sharp as any rough edge is likely to catch the grain and throw a piece or get some good tear out. It's a great wood, though, in my opinion. I've used it for boat parts, guitars, and a few other projects.
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