Quite new to turning. Lucky if I get in the shop once a week now and I would really like to spend the next time in the shop at the lathe. I have a bunch of shorts of maple. I was thinking I could glue them face to face to get some decent thick stock to practice on. If I was to mount the blanks for bowls it would be mounted to the end grain and if I was to mount it to face grain that would yeild plates? Is this practice ok or should I do something else?
Here's my observation, which may or may not reflect reality.
In cases where you would see the "inside" or "top" like with bowls or plates or even turned boxes, people seem to typically mount to face grain. This yields interesting grain patterns on the inside/top of the bowl, plate, etc.
In cases where you wouldn't really see the "inside" like vases, hollow forms, etc, it seems like these are mounted to end grain so the effect of the grain is on the outside/sides of the piece.