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So I made this small bowl for son-in-law. Then ... BAM !

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Project by JoeinGa posted 12-26-2014 05:06 PM 2039 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
So I made this small bowl for son-in-law. Then ... BAM !
So I made this small bowl for son-in-law. Then ... BAM ! No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
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I had made a small live-edge bowl a short while ago and Bonnie suggested that I might make another as they would make nice gifts for our 2 sons-in-law to hold their keys, change or whatever. So Monday (3 days before Christmas) I turned a 2nd one from some of that black gum I was given a few months ago. It was pretty green and damp as I turned, but I was quite pleased at how nice it turned out. Now I know that some of you (as well as my friend at church) have warned me that green wood will have a tendency to split when turned, but I was so pleased with how it looked, I decided to give it to him with a warning that it “might” split as it dries out.
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I had put 4 coats of Tung oil on it by the time I gift wrapped it Wednesday afternoon. So into the trunk of the car it goes with the other presents we were bringing when we left to go over there.

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So now it’s Christmas day and it’s time to exchange gifts. Imagine our surprise when he opened the wrapping and we all see THIS .
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Wow. I wouldn’t have been so surprised to see a small crack starting, but GEEZE LOUISE! That thing has almost split half in two !
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I told him to keep it or throw it in the firepit … I’ll make him another. Oh well, lesson learned.
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Happy New Year to all my LumberJocks buddies!

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danoaz

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 05:17 PM

Seems to me you could spline another wood piece and sand it down and call it intentional. I hate to see all that work go into a fire when it has so much character to it in the first place. Nice job otherwise.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 07:20 PM

Yes it does happen. We are using a hackberry bowl I turned about 20 years ago and it split about 1/2 way down one side never went any further and the crack is only about 3/8 ” wide on a 12” top diameter rim of a31/2 ” deep bowl. One coat of wipe-on Formby’s tung oil varnish. It’s still handy for things tossed by the door and used often.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Mark

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 07:25 PM

Joe if I was you I’d drill a series of holes down each side of the crack and stitch it with a leather thong. Plug the bottom of the bowl(where the crack is) with a saw dust/ glue mixture,darkened with a bit of black dye. Might look kind cool.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 12-26-2014 11:46 PM

That’s just the wood expressing a desire to participate in your art.

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 01:37 AM

Gee Joe….thought I was the only one stuff like that happens to…lol you seem to be getting the hang of using the lathe pretty danged well!!! My first cutting board split in three different spots so I feel your pain buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 05:15 AM

Oh yea, the old dry crack routine. I hope your laughing now cause I’m laughing with you. Now is when you really have to use your imagination and turn it into a prize.

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

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 03:48 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys.
I think I’ll get it back from him and do a bit of experimenting. The leather laces sounds like a neat idea. And I’ve been reading about using superglue with some sort of dye or filler in it. This would be a good time to learn about that little trick.

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#8 posted 12-27-2014 04:15 PM

All it needs is a Dutchman.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#9 posted 12-27-2014 06:57 PM



Joe if I was you I d drill a series of holes down each side of the crack and stitch it with a leather thong. Plug the bottom of the bowl(where the crack is) with a saw dust/ glue mixture,darkened with a bit of black dye. Might look kind cool.

- Mark

I like Mark’s idea. Turn it into a candy dish instead of a bowl. Fill it with mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey’s bars – all wrapped of course.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 12-27-2014 08:05 PM

Art, what’s a “Dutchman” ?

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 08:14 PM

I like the idea of using it for Reese’s :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#12 posted 07-21-2015 09:53 PM

I think the design it gave itself is beautiful!! I see it with a corset stitching to highlight the beauty in it’s imperfection! :D

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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