Vibration was probably due to the cutting problem, not the cause. Pure and
simple, it's no pleasure cutting end-grain maple, be it hard or soft. The
transition from face cut to end cut changes the drag on the tool, and can
lead to vibration and resonance chattering.
I like to take my 1/2" or 3/8" spindle gouge, set it almost on edge,
preferably on my curved toolrest so my angle of attack is fairly constant,
and shave my way to the bottom. These shavings are translucent, so it's not
much of a cut. The gouge makes about an (\) angle to the work. Some might
call it shearing. Since the bevel rides on the way, you can compress some
end grain if you've got a real abrupt transition from wall to floor.
Lifting the bevel works, but takes a firm hand.
Never tried the oil method, though the theory behind it is the same that
leads me to wet end grain prior to scraping in general cabinet work. The
softer fibers cut smoother.
Which one do you have - 46-700? Mine's a 46-204.
>Today as I turned a maple blank into a bowl I noticed I was getting some
>out on the end grain despite the fact that I have a very sharp tool cutting
>easy thread of shavings from the tool. I was using a light touch, trying
>everything right and still got rough end grain. This was dry wood. Now I
>admit to some slight vibration in my "cheap O" Delta bench top lathe.
>the vibration cause the problem? Any other suggestions?