|Project by Lou_S||posted 09-12-2011 01:57 AM||1086 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This tree was cut down on May 17 this year. I rough turned it a week later (to about 1” thick) and sealed with anchor seal. By late July it was severely checked on the base with a huge crack through the tenon, but not quite all the way through to the inside. I turned it again (to about 1/2”) and re-sealed it, but could not completely get rid of the crack. During the second turning I noticed how dry the wood was and decided I would try the final turning today. That crack was less than 1/4” from the inside and those last few cuts on the bottom on the vacuum chuck were a little hairy, but it came out crack-free. Some kind of cherry finished with the Beall System. Of course the 8” buffing wheels I own could not quite reach the bottom, so I’ll be seeking out one of my woodturning buddies with more tools than me… that’s pretty much all of them.
Wish I could have taken more pictures. One guy took one look at that crack and said, “firewood.” I figured as long as it was not all the way through it was at least possible to finish it. I’m also interested to see if the wood continues to move, since it was cut down less than four months ago.