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Author Topic: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.  (Read 1373 times)

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Offline low_48

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2017, 12:08:26 am »
I strongly suggest you not turn big bowls with cracks in them. There was recently a photo circulating on-line where the bowl blew up on the guy and a chunk broke his face shield and that acted like a machete and sliced open his head all across the top. I lost count how many staples he had. Lynn Yamaguchi had a serious accident where one of her eye sockets was shattered from a bowl coming apart and smacking her in the face. She now wears a riot helmet. Wood with cracks is firewood, not turning blanks!

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2017, 09:28:36 pm »
You have to stay out of the firing line while your lathe is on. Also use low speed and develop safe habits about how you turn your lathe off and on.  I have variable speed and always turn the speed to zero and then kill power.

Most of what I turn is found wood on the side of the road. Cracks are everywhere but I choose the ones I can work safely.