Mark08859 wrote:Is there something that needs to be different for cork? Are the tools different; or the speed of the lathe itself? Or is extra caution needed due to the delicacy of the material? Thanks!
Cork is almost like turning balsa. Very fragile, easy to tare out and takes sharp tools and a lower spindle speed. That one has the added difficulty of rubberized cork rings intermixed with natural cork. The rubberized cork is much harder and spongy because of the rubber. While that makes it very durable which is why I used it at the nose and foot of the handle it is quite difficult to turn or drill. Even when sanding the cork will cut down very quick and the rubber cork will not move so you end up with cupped sections, rubber, cork, rubber, cork --u--u--u-. I used fine files and roughing gouges then thin abrasive strips to sand each part individual blending them together in the end.