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Below are pictures of my Red Oak cane turned on the lathe with the whale tooth topper caped with a nice piece of walnut that came off our property. I will probably never turn red oak again -- it was very difficult, the grain too large and I had to go the extra mile and use wood hardener to seal the large open grain. But, it turned out OK.




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Nice job. It might have helped turning the oak if you turned the rpm up on the lathe while turning the oak. Just keep the speed low until you get the initial cylinder rounded and balanced.
 

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Steve Neul said:
Nice job. It might have helped turning the oak if you turned the rpm up on the lathe while turning the oak. Just keep the speed low until you get the initial cylinder rounded and balanced.
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Maybe -- but the red oak was unusually open grained; red oak is kind of notorious for that, however, I had not seen any quit that open.

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