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01-24-2016 02:37 PM

I thought I’d post these pictures after the thread where I commented about using dowels across cracks instead of following them. I also gave an example of not using metal dowel rod because of the chance of getting a catch and ripping your piece apart, plus having a sharp piece of metal flying off the lathe.

Below are a few pictures of a Mulberry bowl that did survive the turning experience. It has only two copper dowels, and seven wood dowels…..Form is 5” tall, and 6” od…...... CA finish…....... Thanks for looking.

BTW, sorry about exposing my ugly fingers. It’s impossible to take pictures holding something without them being seen.

Also, the pictures are screen grabs from a video, so they aren’t the best. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com


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#1 posted 01-24-2016 02:42 PM

Wow Jerry,
That looks really nice.

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 02:42 PM

That is a nice looking bowl! The dowels look nice in the wood.

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 04:01 PM

Very well done.
Bill

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 09:10 PM

Outstanding in your field, Jerry.

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 12:38 PM

I’m gonna hafta give this “dowel filler” trick a go on the next cracked piece I turn. This thing here is beautiful !

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#6 posted 01-26-2016 02:48 PM

Thanks for the uplifting comments, folks. I’ll hafta post more of my stuff, I suppose.

Joe, it’s pretty easy, but keep in mind you should have your walls no less than 1/2” thick when you are drilling out the holes. When you start turning, you will expose the dowels. That’s not a big deal as long as you don’t turn them too much as to separate one, then you lose the strength.

I usually get some tearout from the drill bit as I start the hole, and as I exit the hole. Usually that tearout can be turned away, but you might want to fill it with CA and your favorite filler. You can’t see it, but the cracks on this form is filled with Key Filings I got from Home Depot. ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 05-31-2017 08:29 PM

Jerry this is an awesome post for a couple of different reasons. I recently was gifted some mulberry lumber from a friends with a mill about half an hour from me. I also work at a Ford dealership as a parts consultant and am constantly cutting keys daily. I’ve been collecting the filings to use as inlay material. When I got the mulberry I planed out one board and instantly fell in love with the bronze almost gold hue the wood itself has. One of the pieces has several cracks that I think would look amazing with the brass in there. My question is did you use your filings as is ( just as they came off the key mill) or did you break the chips up a little finer? I’ve not tried using them as of yet.

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#8 posted 05-31-2017 09:35 PM

87, I got my filings from a Home Depot in Orange, California. It had all kinds of metal other than brass, but the brass was predominant. So, I took a magnet to it, and removed all the steel. As far as the aluminum, it was so minimal, the filings didn’t show. After that, I used it on my piece, and several others.

Your chips don’t need to be broken down any more than the machine produces. It would be nicer if the keys weren’t chrome plated, but that is also minimal, so won’t effect what you are going to do… Good luck and let me know when you get the job done. Would love to see it…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#9 posted 06-01-2017 12:18 AM

Jerry: I have taken old hose taps and ground them on a disk sander. I put a cup to catch the brass at the dust exhaust. The chips are heavy enough they stick inside of the cup and don’t blow away. Good use of old brass too. Great filler material.

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#10 posted 06-01-2017 04:35 AM

Jack, one of the guys in the local turning club sells CA and fillers. Brass, Copper, real Turquoise, fake Turquoise, and other fillers you’ll find pretty much anywhere you look. Anyway, the copper and brass almost looks like a powder, and when done properly, it looks like a solid strip laid into the wood. Beautiful stuff.

Most of my Flintknapping boppers are solid copper bar and at one time I cut about 20 boppers at 1” x 6” on my tablesaw for fellow knappers. I saved all the chips/flakes that were about 1/8” square .005-.010 thick. I have about 5 pounds of the stuff. One day…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#11 posted 06-01-2017 05:11 PM

Looks great Jerry, love the finish.

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#12 posted 06-01-2017 05:19 PM

Thanks, Steve. That form has been beaten up pretty bad since I posted this thread. It’s been almost a year and a half?
Did you say once you were a Cajun or is it your wife? I’ll be coming through next year heading for the Big “M” up the road. Make sure you’re not in town then…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#13 posted 06-01-2017 05:20 PM

Thanks, Steve. That form has been beaten up pretty bad since I posted this thread. It’s been almost a year and a half?
Did you say once you were a Cajun or is it your wife? I’ll be coming through next year heading for the Big “M” up 13. Make sure you’re not in town then…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#14 posted 06-01-2017 05:24 PM

Ok, I just had to post twice. Duh. Crickett, can you delete post #12. Please…..... jerry (in Tucson)

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#15 posted 06-01-2017 11:06 PM

Very nicely done

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