|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 07-12-2015 09:28 PM||777 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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.