Don, thanks for the feedback. I usually turn my stoppers with the base flush to the stopper but this burl was punky and I got a big chip as I was turning the bottom end. This was the best I could do to get most of it turned out. If you look at one of the pics, you can see the remnants of the tear out.
HAS, thanks for the input. I've used that tip many times in the past. In fact I even put some CA in the hole to make sure it didn't strip out on the mandrel. The tear out/chip occured as I was roughing it out and was quite large...didn't suspect this would happen when I started turning it.
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