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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-08-2016 08:27 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yeah. That Silver Maple. The little log I started with on the 2nd of March had some issues.

Then, there’s this.

The fix worked. But, it required, as seen in #1, directly above, re-turning the upper half of the outside. An iffy proposition, at best. It got a lot thinner. I knew, early on, that it would probably break at some point. That clacking noise you hear when there’s a separation developing, was evident long before it broke. Oh so careful, was Woodsmith. Nonetheless. In the end, the repair is unnoticeable on the outside. This is the end that broke, where that big offset is visible in the #1, mentioned above. Invisible.

And, on the inside, wound up just looking like a normal crack. It fit right in. Visible top-center in this photo.

I’m amazed it worked. I didn’t think the contact in the glue joint would hold up.
The pyrography(?) is a diversion for the eye.

Next up? The other half of the log.

-- Mark





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majuvla

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 08:54 PM

You don’t give up realy!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 09:06 PM

Your pictures outline my experience in general with silver maple and why I don’t want more after my current bunch is gone. I hate to say it but this is not my favorite piece you’ve done but considering all the problems it turned out well.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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peteg

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 09:26 PM

persistent bugger aren’t Mark :: ))), would have hit my fire bin long ago.
Looks like a nice piece of “crazy paving: to me, well done
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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lew

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 10:27 PM

Nice save, Mark!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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leafherder

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 11:56 PM

Hi Mark,

One thing I have learned about Silver Maple – it is never ordinary. Just when you think you have it figured out it surprises you – with a unique grain pattern, colorful spalting, or a sudden splintering split. The living trees are even more unpredictable – some grow straight and tall, others grow multiple trunks, others are twisted by unseen forces into strange shapes, and they thrive where no other trees will. Definitely not “ordinary”.

Great job on making the most of this piece, best of luck with the other part.

John

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 01:16 AM

Thank you, Buddies.
Pete, I have no fire bin. And, throwing wood in a trash can is anathema, to me. It’s like throwing out old shoes. There’s just something (psychotic?) about throwing out old shoes. I think, mebees, it’s because of something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUHkltXy3zY You’re welcome.
Yes, I have shared this link with Roman.
Rick, I haven’t even gotten started with anything “serious,” yet, with this Maple. The small turnings I’ve done with it are just making me more eager to go deeper. In the final photo of the six up top, the bottom shot, you’ll see, just barely (my fault in the finishing choice) a wee smidgen of fiddleback. This excites me. I bet John noticed it. Truth be told, Rick, it’s not one of my favorites either. I’ll admit to going all get-it-over-with, towards the end. I have the first half of the “other half” on the lathe now. It’ll be something I haven’t done since last September, if it works out. No reason it shouldn’t, really.

-- Mark

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Jimbo4

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#7 posted 03-09-2016 01:34 AM

Good grief Mark – great turning!

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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Bob Collins

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#8 posted 03-09-2016 02:02 AM

Nice save Mark, and a great job in the end with a beaut finish but like Pete said it would have been firewood long before I started working with it. Nicely done.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#9 posted 03-09-2016 04:02 AM

Nicely done Mark.
I have had similar breakages with my found wood but thanks to two-part epoxy I’ve made the project whole and if necessary, decorated with paint or pyrography to create a divergence for the viewer.
Regards, Roman

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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bushmaster

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#10 posted 03-09-2016 04:12 AM

Looks abit better than ordinary, and especially the process to get it completed.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 03-09-2016 06:46 AM

Thanks.
Roman. Yeah. You know what I’m talking about.

-- Mark

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CFrye

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#12 posted 03-09-2016 01:17 PM

Beautifully turned, saved and finished, Mark. You are enabling my hoarding of not-quite-right projects. As in ‘I will get back to this after I gain more skill. No need to throw it away.’
;-)
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 03-09-2016 03:45 PM

This bowl turned out so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 03-09-2016 08:21 PM

Thanks, Candy, if it’s had that effect on you, my work here is done. My purpose on this planet is, I think, mainly, to serve as a warning to others. I tell my grand-nieces and nephews, and their friends, all the time, “I am your future (in a menacing voice). Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
Thanks Charles.

-- Mark

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John

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#15 posted 03-10-2016 04:06 AM

Hey Mark, I cut down my Plum tree last month. I am busy roughing out whatever I can think of from the salvageable pieces. Old fruit trees have too much rot in them. I’m hoping to avoid the cracks that developed in your Maple. I’m amazed that you turned that piece of wood and carried on with the repairs after it came apart. The finished product looks great. I’m in the group that would have tossed it after it blew apart. I don’t show my wife many projects on here but I had to show her this one, she was very impressed.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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