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Question Turning bookends

My father used to turn bookends in the shape of fruit. I was very young but I thing I remember that he would glue to pieces of wood together with a sheet of waxed paper between. Once the turning is complete it is easy to split the turning at the glue joint to produce two identical pieces. Has any tried this?
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you can't use wax paper, it resists all glue and most other things. Use newspaper or brown craft paper. Put yellow glue on both pieces, put the newspaper inbetween and then clamp them and let them dry. Turn the apples and then place a knife at the joint and gently tap it through. To get the glue off the pieces soak the glue with white vinegar and it will soften enough to scraper off.
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after gluing the two pieces with the paper, I have seen some people hammer a copper ring (cut from a piece of 3/4" pipe into each end around the center...
this will help keep the piece from coming apart while turning.
It does happen....

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I forgot to mention. You don't need the copper ring. If you use 4 prong drive centers place the prongs so they cross the glue line at 45 degrees. That holds that end together. The use a cup center to hold the tailstock end.
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