Charlestowne Woodturners

A club for those turning, or wanting to learn woodturning in the Charleston SC area.
The Charlestowne Woodturners are meeting at JMO Woodworks, 70 Romney St., Charleston, SC 29403. On the 3rd Wednesday night of each month from 6:30pm-9:00pm.
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Dave W


Number of posts : 290
Age : 52
Registration date : 2008-11-20

PostSubject: Crap!!!!!!!!   Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:47 pm

I went out and bought some wood this week. Wenge, purpleheart, and lacewood. I went and cut a pen blank out of the lacewood, scratched the tubes up, glued them in, waited 5 minutes. Then I took the barrel trimmer (it being in my cordless drill) to the first half, zap!!!! the wood just shattered. Being I had nothing to lose at this point, I tried the second one, same problem. So, what gives here, besides the wood. Keep in mind I was working with 3/4" squared stock. Was it a freak thing, or lacewood that fragile

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Age : 64
Registration date : 2008-11-21

PostSubject: Re: Crap!!!!!!!!   Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:20 am

I've made a couple of hairsticks out of lacewood. It is a little fragile. Don't know that I would have considered it that fragile. I've heard that some people have problems with the sawdust from this having prickly fibers that get into the skin and cause irritation.
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Age : 46
Registration date : 2008-11-24

PostSubject: Re: Crap!!!!!!!!   Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:12 am

I've run into a similar problem although rarely with a "real" wood- usually with the-wood-product-known-as-dymondwood. I can usually attribute it to one of two things 1.) Drill press speed set too high or 2.) Too much pressure on the wood. Using the drill press I barely engage the cutting surface of the barrel trimmer on the wood.

Hope this is of some help.
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