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My lathe journeys. #25: ...Christmas bowl that split, here's the replacement.

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 03-20-2015 11:26 PM 1256 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had made a bowl for my son-in-law for Christmas, but unfortunately I had used a fresh cut piece of wood and it split while in the gift box before he even got to unwrap it.
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If interested, you can see THAT fiasco here … http://lumberjocks.com/projects/112121
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I still had the other half of the branch I used and I waited a few months to let it dry out. So a few days ago I turned a replacement to send him.
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I made a maple base for it and turned the new bowl. Here’s how the replacement worked out. Because the split was so large, I used a couple large zip ties and some wood wedges to help support the sides while turning it.
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And since it had split exactly like the first half, I used the sawdust & shavings from turning it to fill the void in the bottom. After putting in layers of the sawdust I dripped some Superglue in it to harden. It worked fine. I had sanded & cleaned the edges of the split sides but decided not to fill that upper part of the crack.

Final finish was 4 coats of rattle-can poly (satin sheen)


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Oh well, learned a valuable about not turning wet wood that day :-)

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doubleDD

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 03:17 AM

That’s using good imagination. At least it didn’t blow up on you turning it with that crack. Now he has a pair

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Todd Swartwood

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 01:52 AM

Joe, You sure are taking this lathe turning seriously. It seems like only a few days ago that you were
posting your first turning. you must have tuned a couple pieces a week since then.

It is great when you find something that really keeps your attention.
have a blessed evening, and fun making saw dust, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 04:16 PM

Dave, he has the other split one, but I told him I want it back to try and “fix” the split. I may used the super glue and sawdust to fix the floor, but I’d like to try drilling small holes along the split in the sidewall and perhaps lace it up with leather shoelaces.

Todd, thanks Buddy. I’ve been doing a LOT of practice on that lathe. I have 5 or 6 bowls that I have to get photos of and post on here.
One thing I HAVE learned is that the lathe I have is pretty much crap, and I’m saving up my pennies to buy a better lathe. The tail stock will NOT line up with the head, no matter how I adjust either side.

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 09:23 AM

DoubleDD says you gave your son in law a pair. That’s funny. A little bit.
...lace it up with leather shoelaces. (That’s BRILLIANT. Brain wrinkle.0
There are Master Turners out there who think you’re insane. I feel a real kinship with you. We have a need to find out what we can get away with don’t we?

-- Mark

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 08:55 PM


There are Master Turners out there who think you re insane. I feel a real kinship with you. We have a need to find out what we can get away with don t we?
- Mark Wilson

That’s it Exactly, Mark!

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