Our local turning club has a raffle every month where club members bring in wood, tools, etc. to be raffled off.
Last fall, I ‘won’ a large piece of ash that still had the bark on it but was already pretty dry. I Anchor-sealed it, put in the storage room, and checked the M/C every so often. It finally got down to about 9%, so I decided it was time to do something with it.
This blank was big enough to net out about an 11” bowl, but when I pulled it off the circle-cutting jig on my bandsaw, I noticed a kerf that had been cut diagonally into the bowl! I’m guessing it was a cutting error that was concealed by the bark, which maybe explains why it was donated to the raffle.
What to do? I considered trying to use CA or epoxy to close up the kerf, but the thought of a couple of pounds of ash flying through the air in the shop isn’t very appealing to me. Another idea was to widen the kerf and glue in a spline, but I couldn’t figure out how to cut such a kerf safely and clean enough to make a decent glue joint.
At last, I decided to do an angled cut with a parting tool along the same angle of the BS kerf and, effectively, take about half of the blank off.
When I got part way in, I hit a pocket of sap inside and a couple of small branch inclusions.
I cut in a good 2” with a diamond parting tool, then finished it with a hand saw.
I put a tenon on the bottom, turned it around, and spent some quality time hollowing it with a bowl gouge and my new John Jordon Hollowing Tool.
The grain was pretty coarse, so I got it as smooth as possible with the tool, then gave it a shot of sanding sealer. I let it dry overnight, but when I started sanding the next day, the paper was getting loaded up pretty bad, so I gave it another shot of sealer and put it on the shelf in my storage room to cure.
In the meantime, I turned a walnut lid and finial.
The whole thing is finished with a couple of coats of Mahoney’s Walnut Oil … in a few days, I will buff it out using the Beall Buffing System.
It isn’t the 11” bowl I had planned on, but nonetheless, I’m pretty happy with the result.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"