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how to saw log for woodturning blanks

how to saw log for woodturning blanks

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Most serious wood turners find their own wood, and saw it into blanks that are put up and dried to turn on their wood lathe later on.
This illustrated tutorial takes you step by step with very good illustrations that show you how to go about getting the most out of a log for the purpose of turning woood bowls and such.
Most serious wood turners find their own wood, and saw it into blanks that are put up and dried to turn on their wood lathe later on.
This illustrated tutorial takes you step by step with very good illustrations that show you how to go about getting the most out of a log for the purpose of turning woood bowls and such.

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Published by: cadman013 on Feb 27, 2009
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 HOW TO SAW LOGS FOR LONG TERM STORAGE OF BOWL BLANKS.
Your log is going to dictate how big a blank you will get. This method produces rectangular blocks from the log. If you want to produce naturaledge bowls you will stop early in this process. For storing turning blocks for the purpose of drying them, with a minimal loss from splits andcracks follow this method all the way thru.In the example we are working with a log 19” in diameter.Since the log is 19” in diameter, the largest block you can get willbe a few inches less than the diameter. This is about 60% of thediameter, or 11”. This scenario will give you blocks 5.5” thick.You will need an extra inch on both end grain sides. The endgrain is the dark circle you see. So add 11” + 2” = 13”. Now addone more inch for safety in case the ends crack or check.Cut a piece off the log 14” long.First, have your log so you canaccess all sides of it. If possible,elevate one end off the ground soyou wont damage your saw blade.
 
 Looking at the end of your 14”stump, remove at least and inch ofthe “pith” from the center of thestump. This must be done or yourblanks will crack open and split.Next cut the bottomaway as shown above.Next cut the right sideaway as shown above.Last, cut the left sideaway as shown above.Now cut the top away asshown above. If you want tomake a natural edge bowlyou stop at this point.
 
 
Let’s run thru it in 3D…
Cut 1 and 2, remove thepith.You can keep the pithbut be aware it willcrack and distort. Stophere for natural edgebowls.Cut 3 and 4, remove thetop sapwood and bark.Cut 5 and 6, remove thebottom sapwood and bark.Cut 8, left handsapwood and bark.Cut 7, right handsapwood and bark.

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