Not having room for a lathe and wanting, anyway, to turn only very small items like knobs for tools and cabinets, I was hoping to use the new drill press as a vertical “lathe” a la Christian Becksvoort:
He begins by making a round stem in a small block of wood, to put in the drill chuck jaws, using a plug cutter. I have the kind of plug cutters that makes small tapered items for plugging holes over sunk screws and the like but not one of those large items that can make more of a dowel than just a short plug.
There seems to be two types: a barrel plug cutter (with a simple sharp rim like an inverted Forstner bit rim) and a tenon cutter that’s similar but has a series of teeth around its rim with which to cut it’s way into the wood.
Try as I might, I can’t find answers to this question, though:
Which bit cuts best into end grain?
In fact, does the simple barrel plug cutter cut into end grain at all?
If you use either or both I’d be very grateful for your advice.