Mulberry with Dowels

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Forum topic by Nubsnstubs posted 01-24-2016 02:37 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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 video, so they aren’t the best. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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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.


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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)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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