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Forum topic by Madrona posted 12-18-2015 04:21 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Madrona

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12-18-2015 04:21 AM

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Good Morning, everyone! New to Lumberjocks, though I have been monitoring the woodturning forum for a short time, and this is my first post. I’m not exactly a woodturner, more of a woodworker, but I find I have been turning more and more, lately. I think that’s because it has been a little chilly around here and my shop is un-heated. I find if I stand in one place, at the lathe, and point a small heater at me, I can live with it.

Anyway, I just finished this piece and wondered how others felt about it. I knew the crack was there even before I cut the work piece to fit on my lathe. I just hoped it would hold together while I worked it, which it did. Now I’m wondering if I should fill the crack or leave it as is. I think I prefer keeping it as natural as possible, hence the natural edge on the top, but since I don’t do this everyday thought I would ask the experts. So, keep it or fill it?

From Cracked Bowl

If you need to see more photos, here are all the individual photos I took of this piece: https://picasaweb.google.com/madronawoodworks/CrackedBowl?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMCn-u2i4dvyBg&feat=directlink

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 01:52 PM

It’s not a user so, no need to fill that crack.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 01:53 PM

I would leave the crack.

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 01:58 PM

You could have fun with it and drill some holes to put a leather shoe lace on it. Or big copper staples. What people used to call ‘make-do’s.’

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Madrona

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 05:28 PM


You could have fun with it and drill some holes to put a leather shoe lace on it. Or big copper staples. What people used to call make-do s.

- dhazelton

Thanks Gene and Chris, I think I will leave it. dhazelton, that is exactly what my wife said! I kinda thought she was nuts but your second opinion has me giving the idea a second chance. I’d have to come up with just the right thing, but you’ve given me two excellent ideas. I’ll look around and see what I can find.

Thanks for your responses!
Phil

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 07:09 PM

I’d tape one side and fill it with epoxy. It looks a bit big for cryocycolate. Since it is such a fantastic piece, use the bar top stuff.

Get exotic and fill with glow in the dark filler, or something like you will see in this video on youtube. I saw some wicked videos with bartops made with this stuff that is out of this world.

https://youtu.be/6YZF5A2_-0E

https://youtu.be/8qPWU-96mY4

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 01:16 AM

You might fill it with beeswax. It is close to the right color, and won’t be bothered by changes in humidity.

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 02:46 AM

I have a blue ironstone water pitcher that the handle broke off of. A tinsmith made a metal handle for it and two bands that wrap around the circumference hold it on. I also have a couple of soapstones (for taking to bed to stay warm) that were cracked and have metal plates mending them. Just google the concept and you’ll see some neat things. I think it’s just a lot more interesting than trying to fill a void to pretend it never existed.

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