OK, I know that exotics are usually sold pretty wet, but with other woods, I haven't had any real problem. These pretty red-devil woods are making me crazy. I turned several small boxes, goblet bottoms (for glass tops), and a couple of bottle stoppers. Almost every one of them has cracked.
I was careful not to build up friction during sanding and finishing. The blanks were wax sealed at the ends, and when cut, they looked fine. I applied the finishes as soon as the pieces were complete.
So far, I've tried:
Mylands friction finish
Out of 4 sets of goblet bottoms, only one made it. The boxes/stoppers all cracked.
So, any thoughts/tips?