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post #1 of 5 Old 04-02-2010, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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spindle help please

Why am I having so much tear out on oak spindles? It is right in the most porus areas of the wood grain. I have been tearing out small to large portions on every spindle and it is starting to add up as well as getting very frustrating. Please help.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-02-2010, 11:33 PM
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Well, it`s hard to say...it could be Red Oak...it could be a dull blade or the wrong blade. You could tell us about the shape of the spindle...if you can make a block of wood that has a hole in it , to slide the spindle into...as to provide a backer while cutting...that would help. Rick

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Are you using sharp tools cutting down hill with the grain, tool bevel and wood fiber support from underneath? Coarse grain porous wood usually do not response well with scraping.
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Resharpen your tool and turn your speed up.

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Ditto just about everything said above. Scraping doesn't work well with spindles. Use a sharp tool, turn up the speed or slow down how fast you move the tool which will accomplish the same thing. Take light cuts. I use a spindle gouge or skew to really get clean cuts.
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