August Trusted Turning Tip

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Now for this month’s tip: Wood Hardener Rescues Spalted Wood 

Because spalted wood is soft and tends to tear out on the lathe, try soaking the wood in a solution of 50 percent white glue and 50 percent water. Soak the turning stock for several hours or even overnight. Let dry then turn as normal. The water helps the glue to soak deeper than normal to stabilize the wood. This also helps seal end cracks in some wood. Soaking them overnight or longer might be necessary. In many instances, the water swells the cracks closed and the glue keeps them from opening back up. This tip was taken from the AAW “Thirty Top Shop Tips” and written by, S. Gary Roberts, Austin, TX.