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08-22-2014 11:20 PM

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Is this staining normal for birch? It was about a 14”dia log. Was green. Dried in microwave. At about 12% moisture now. Put one coat of danish oil. Soaked it up like crazy. The spots dont seem to be wetter areas. Its a shame, it was easy to turn and it is one of my better bowl shapes lately.

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 12:36 AM

Birch is one of a number of woods that blotch ,in this cause I think it’s rather attractive. Woods that blotch of parts of the woods that are softer than the other areas ,these softer areas absorb more stain quicker than the harder parts creating a blotchy look . The blotching can be controlled to some degree buy using a wood conditioned .I recommend Charles Neils Blotch control.

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 04:38 PM

I like it – has lots of character.

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 07:01 PM

The blotching has turned a somewhat plain piece into something very interesting. Give it some time, you may grow to like it. I have bowls I didn’t like when finished but after awhile they became some of my favorites.


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#4 posted 08-23-2014 08:39 PM

Number one, danish oil is not a stain, so the conditioner crap won’t do you any good. I think if you put two or three more applications of oil it should be fine. You can google wood conditioner and make your own.

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks for the replies. I could see these blemishes before the danish oil, so I knew they were going to be there after. Iwill probably just re soak it in oil and maybe spray some laquer on it and shine it up and pretend I wanted it that way. Like I said, its just a shame because I loved the shape on this one. No tool marks, even the tiny ones sanded out, the end grain wasnt ripped, everything except those blotches was good. Well, except I found out that the PSI 10” cole jaws only hold a 9” bowl, and this one ended up at 10”. I cut the foot off with a hacksaw and went to town with a belt sander! I have one more half piece of birch, and I will probably turn it too because it comes off in gigantic ribbons likebutter.

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 10:50 PM

If not sure about a jam chuck for reverse turning might try making a donut chuck. I have my base mounted on a faceplate but can glue & screw a waste block so can mount in your chuck too. Lot safer than a jam, or longworth chucks & cole jaws. Really inexpensive and easy to make.

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 11:35 PM

That is exactly what I need. Next project for sure. Thanks for the tip! I didnt know this existed.

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