Black walnut cracked bowl

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Project by ybotyawnoc posted 04-29-2013 01:55 PM 1695 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I grabbed some scrap wood from my cabinet-maker friend, and this piece was in the pile. It had a few cracks in a knot which I originally hoped to turn off, but they turned out to be pretty deep. I ended up just pretending they weren’t there, but there must be some way of filling cracks like these. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 02:57 PM

I filled voids with a two part epoxy, died black. You can put any color you want in it. If you put a matching color it will blend in, but in this case a contrasting color like red or blue would work for me.

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 03:21 PM

Why worry?
This is the way God made the tree. Enjoy the natural beauty.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 03:30 PM

I second the died epoxy. Fills well, and would look great in a piece such as this. Thin it a little (I think with lacquer thinner) to ensure it flows into all the nooks and crannies.

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 04:18 PM

Yup, fill it with epoxy then mount it on your chuck and turn it again. It’ll look great.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 04:30 PM

I tried body filler. I’d go with epoxy.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 05:42 PM

First I want to say great work on turning the bowl with the voids in it, I like the cracks the way they are. If you feel like you need to fill them Craft supplies USA has Inlay materials like “Inlace” in many colors, I like the “Turners Select Powdered Metal”.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 08:28 PM

Very great work on this bowl.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 08:51 PM

If you decide to dye the epoxy try and use food coloring as your dye. It will still allow light to pass through. If you dye it the right color It also gives the impression of crystallized pitch. Because of the set time of epoxy, I dye just one part, it doesn’t appear to want to mix, but it will. Then add the other. For larger cracks I use a back dam of blue tape. I’ll try and post some pics of one I did.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 08:54 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys :)

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 09:35 PM

Epoxy and crushed tuqoise would make the wood and turqoise “pop”. Also known as inlay stone dust.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#11 posted 04-30-2013 01:18 AM

For small fractures I’d use turquoise or chrysocolla stone, crushed and a few small stones. They sell it both ways. A little thin CA would be okay on dark wood like that, plus it’s already sealed so it won’t penetrate. The lip can be tapped on the back side and filled with stones.

When dry in a couple minutes usually, sand it flat to the wood and poly it. I think you’ll like it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#12 posted 04-30-2013 01:28 AM

Yeah..a bowl with character.

-- Quicksilver

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#13 posted 04-30-2013 01:37 AM

I would leave it like it is. I was surprised just how many people like the natural cracking of the wood. I made a bowl for a doctors office and it cracked, which upset me and I told him I would repair it or make him a new one and he said he liked it just the way it was. He claims it shows class.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#14 posted 04-30-2013 02:04 AM

I agree with Russell and Tom both. It all depends on who the piece is destined for.

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

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#15 posted 04-30-2013 08:40 AM

Nothing wrong with a cracked walnut (sorry). It’s a beautiful bowl as it is and the cracks add character.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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