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Forum topic by Andrew S. posted 11-28-2015 10:54 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andrew S.

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11-28-2015 10:54 PM

I’m new at wood turning. So new that this is my first bowl. As you can see I took a nice chunk out of it when I was working on the inside. I plan on keeping the bowl for posterity, and I could live with the crack in it. I’m just wondering if there are any options for fixing it: like, would it be possible to cut another piece of a different wood to go into the gap, or would that just not work at all?

Any advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 11:20 PM

My advice? Learn and move along. I have a “box of sorrow” next to my lathe. In fact, I have a live edge oak bowl from the other day that was 99% complete, finish and all, that bounced off my shield, off the ceiling and into my planer on the other side of room. Couldn’t figure out what the noise was from!

This will not be your last failure. Keep plugging away at and expect to ruin quite a few pieces in various creative ways.

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 11:35 PM

That’s probably for the best. I’ll add it to my “box of sorrow”, I like that.

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 11:45 PM

You inspired me to post my latest explosion.

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 02:30 AM

That’s a nice bowl. I have had a few explode. Just keep turning. You could just add some color and maybe burn the edge. Put it to the side and see how it warps over time.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 01:17 PM

Toss it and move on! No worth time or effort trying to fix a bowl like that.

Even after you learn to look for flaws in a blank before turning things like this happen. Yes sometimes cracks only appear while you are turning. Sometimes our turning techniques cause the problem.

Learn the hard way to stop turning often and make damage assessments along the way. Hate to admit how many time deep bowls ended up as candy dishes due to flaws or my poor turning technique! By stopping the lathe often can adjust the plan without pieces of bowl coming off when least expect them!

Good luck!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 01:45 PM

Sand it and finish it. It’s still a bowl and will hold things. And you made it.

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 02:06 PM

Keep it as a reminder of a mistake you learned from. I have several , I don’t have room for all of them. Much better than a scar

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 04:09 PM

Fill the crack with black tinted epoxy.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 06:21 PM

I don’t turn, (yet most likely), but I’ve got a fire pit bucket in the shop and it gets filled far too regularly

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 06:24 PM

Put it in the “mistake” pile, and start over.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#11 posted 11-29-2015 11:39 PM

Save it for when you need a quick gift for someone out of the blue, or one of those pink elephant gifts. It is handmade, natural and looks good crack and all.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 12-01-2015 02:09 PM

My first bowl suffered a similar fate. It became my first platter instead.

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