I have a Dilemma!

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Project by Bearpie posted 07-12-2010 01:47 AM 2811 views 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this Pin Oak end grain slice of log and sealed it with white wood sealer, sanded it smooth and applied salad bowl finish on it (3 coats) sanded it smooth again and a week later this crack appeared! I am appealing for your help/advise/tips on how I would be able to salvage this beautiful bowl. It may be destined for the fire pit but I don’t want to do that till I have run out of options. One thought would be to slice it through the middle and re-glue it thus making it an out of round bowl? Another would be to fill it with epoxy? A third would be to live with it as is?

Anyone have any other suggestions?

THANKS for helping!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 02:00 AM

Wow. Looking at that grain, that is certainly a shame. Unfortunately, I am new enough to turning that I haven’t had to deal with anything like this just yet. However, I am hoping to do some projects like this using green wood soon, and hope to avoid this happening if I can. I am going to watch this thread with interest. I do remember reading about people using CA glue to either fill up or close up some cracks when working with green wood, but I’m really curious how you would go about actually closing the gap in order to glue it without risking breaking the whole thing into kindling. I hope that some others have some good suggestions to help.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 02:07 AM

In my humble opinion, leave it. It’s still a beautiful bowl with a wonderful grain pattern and nice coloring.
As you turn you’re going to run into this fom time to time. I have a few of those myself.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 02:17 AM

i’m not the person to be giving advice.. but i think it looks beautiful the way it is :) sometimes nature adds her own touch to projects ;)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 02:24 AM

A very beautiful bowl. Do not throw it away.

Keep as is, or maybe carefully insert and glue in a long “wedge”, maybe even with a contrasting wood.

Last year my son-in-law turned a beautiful cherry bowl that dropped on the floor during sanding, chipping the top edge. I glued the pieces back into place and one has to look carefully under good light to see that the bowl was damaged.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 02:29 AM

Wood putty.

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 02:32 AM

Give it some time to stabilize and then take another look at it. I’m like the others, it is really cool the way it is, but I have seen some of the LJ’s actually use colored epoxy to fill a void like that.

-- John @

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 02:45 AM

Great art sometimes never happens by our own hands but by the work of God’s hands. That crack appeared to give the bowl Character and a touch you could never duplicate, Keep it as it is never try to repair art!!!! love the bowl as it is.

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 02:46 AM

Another vote for loving it just like it is!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 03:15 AM

Leave it. It is beautiful the way it is.

-- R

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 03:25 AM

Use a band saw and saw it in half at the crack. glue together then repeat untill there’s no crack. It may take 3 or 4 times untill it’s completely closed. It may affect the shape but it works.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 03:35 AM

shape a triangular sliver of wood that fits in to the crack and use black dyed epoxy to glue it in. Sand smooth and refinish.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 03:47 AM

you might wanna try filling it with an epoxy/sawdust mix to try and match the softer spots from the spalting. and then take a sharpie pen and draw an outline around it, making it look as though it was spalted.

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#13 posted 07-12-2010 04:14 AM

I say leave it the way it is. It’s beautiful. If you really want to fill the area, there are several epoxy products that would do the trick.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 07-12-2010 04:14 AM

First off, I am not a wood turner, But this is a piece of art, I think. Check out stevebirdman, or some body else, and do the malachite, in all of the cracks and crevices, and then display it on a rack. Granted you would not be able to use it for any thing other than a display, but go check the foo foo shops and see how much they get for things like this.


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#15 posted 07-12-2010 04:53 AM

Ive turned some white oak that initially cracked really bad, but in time the gaps came back together. The crack was not this bad though. The most creative idea I’ve seem was at a Bass Pro shop and they drilled multiple holes on both sides of the crack, and laced the void with a strip of leather. Very impressive, but useful if it is for a display only. To prevent future cracking, try to leave the pith (center of log) out of the work.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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