|Forum topic by shopmania||posted 597 days ago||1282 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
597 days ago
So I;ve been turning, but just pens and bottle stoppers, and making square sticks round. Got some nice wood (logs) from a friend, and decided to start trying bowls. First one in cherry turned out great. The blank was from the end of a log, about 5 inch diameter. The second one turned well, but cracked some on the bottom. The third one was holly, about 7” finished, but was too set to sand well in the middle. I let it dry for a 4 days, and it finished pretty well, but cracked just a little. Made an 8” shallow bowl from cherry where branch split off the trunk. Very cool grain patterns, but the crack grows by the hour.
I know I’m having issues because of wet wood and uneven drying, but how do I fix it? Are full log/branch sections the best way to make blanks? How long after I cut them should they sit in the shop? Are there other good ways to get blanks from logs? What moisture content is good in the blank before you turn? Do you finish as soon as you turn/sand, or wait a while?
I’m very happy with how beautiful the bowls can be, but frustrated by this problem. Plan to try turning some goblets soon. Any different advice for those?
Thanks for the help guys/gals.
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