Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I'm sorry for the confusion, The Padouk was kiln dried when I purchased it. What I was too lazy to explain was that the bowl stock was too thin for a bowl by itself so I added a piece of padouk for the base. That allowed me to use almost the full thickness of the oak and resulted in a deeper bowl than If I used the oak alone. All of my bowls, other than from a fresh cut log, are scraps from other projects. So, if a scrap or wood is only 2" wide, it can become the base of a small bowl. In this particular case, the padouk was scraps from some small writing tables I made.
The tool sharpening is not really a joke - well maybe. If you cant sharpen tools quickly, you will never finish a piece of fresh cut log because it will warp and change shape as you are hollowing it. That is one of the drawbacks of sharpening jigs, they are usually not fast enough. When I turn wood, the grinder is constantly running. I just turn around and hit the grinder for a quick touch and one swipe of a small stone which is under 5 seconds total. When I started turning, there were no sharpening jigs that I knew of and I'm glad of that. Otherwise, I would have had one and never learned to do it on the grinder.
Turning green wood is the most fun you will ever have in woodworking. When you hollow out a bowl, you will get one continuous shaving like a never ending ribbon.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 03-25-2016 at 08:54 AM.