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First off I'd like to give a shout out to EastexToolJunky for recently posting a lot of tips. This is a bit large and clunky but very light. Next one would be smaller for sure. I don't yet have a chuck so I started with a laminated chunk of cherry and drilled out a hollow for the rice. I then made a cap out of maple with a tenon the size of the hole in the cherry. Glued those up and then turned the whole piece. Does anyone have any tips for when you make your final cuts to remove the piece from the waste on either end without leaving marks?
 

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All I can think of is BAM BAM! from the Flintstones. My son would have worn out his older sisters with that. It will be something the baby can keep and pass down to their children.
 

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I have started using a very sharp skew to make the cuts on the ends that are being parted off. Get them down to as small a diameter as possible. Then part off and leave a small nub on the piece. This will keep you from tearing out the end grain. U can take the nub off with a carving gouge or sharp chisel. Now sanding can start at 220 or so. Hope this helps.
 
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