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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-12-2015 09:28 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a piece of horribly cracked Podacarpus (photo 1). I did not know how deep that went. You can see that about 1/4” of my awl is inside. This thing could go all the way to the pith, for all I know. Well, Woodsmith, let us find out, shall we? With what shall we fix it, Dear Woodsmith, Dear Woodsmith? With clear epoxy. We’ll fix it with clear epoxy. (I wonder sometimes how much I should share about the conversations that go on between my Echo, my Shadow, and Me.)
That’s what I did. Squeezed epoxy into every crack. And not just at the beginning – it went on throughout the turning. I think it’ll stay. Thank you.
I made a decision about Podacarpus, for future reference: No amount of anything I do to the end grain can make it look good. In future, end grain will be minimized. Except for the bottom, I suppose. Otherwise, it’s a really pretty wood, in terms of color and figure, innit?
Throw that out! It’s too cracked to come to anything! It’s too dangerous. Shut up.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark





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#1 posted 07-12-2015 09:47 PM

Something I forgot to mention: I honestly didn’t get nervous about how thin it was getting at the bottom until I put the light inside to take these photos today. At first, I thought that glow was a reflection. Then I was all GEEZE MARGIE!

-- Mark

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 11:46 PM

Gorilla glue is good for filling cracks as it expands as it sets. But I hav found two part epoxy is better near the surface because it provides a smoother finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 01:22 AM

Great save Mark, and I love the finished piece. The grain is wonderful.
That is a bit on the thin side hey, but it makes a great photo.
Do you get any GOOD ADVICE from your offsiders?? LOL.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 07-13-2015 01:53 AM

Never thought of them as “offsiders”. I had to think that over for about a second-and-a-half. No. They’re my team. I’m stuck widdum.
I do hope it keeps its color. Some woods that have dark streaks lose them over time. I friction-polished it with about 6 coats of shellac. I think it might keep. As long as I don’t let the Sun get after it.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 07-13-2015 01:53 AM

My Team. Always here. Always yackin’.

-- Mark

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