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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 03-19-2015 11:09 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2015 11:09 AM

As a wood turner never fear things going south there is always another day and piece of wood. The shape or form of these two hollow forms not really what I wanted. “Mistakes I made,” on both pieces not rough turned to uniform thickness, cutting through the side on one! Might add improper drying reason for those cracks & checks you see. Two other hollow forms turned to uniform thickness not show without those cracks & checks.

I chose coffee grounds to fill & highlight checking & cracks, and DAP wood filler (dries white) not seen in second HF. No attempt to fill checking & splitting in first HF.

To mask or include flaws in a turned piece always an option! If continued filling flaws would want to mask those flaws you see with paint! Talking about lot of time & energy to achieve something half ass presentable! Took over an hour of filling, gluing, & sanding using coffee grounds & Dap and still not ready for paint! Since not happy with shape of first or second HF think will put on the back burner for awhile.

-- Bill

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#1 posted 03-19-2015 02:26 PM

Not yet done finishing process on these HF’s. Can see pith cracks on one side of the HF but none on other side. One example where might want to ignore flaws. Two examples of turning to a uniform thickness!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 05:03 PM

How old or dry was the wood that you used?

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#3 posted 03-20-2015 11:19 AM

I think that is just wood being wood. I have had quite a few that I have tried to do everything ‘right’ with, and still wind up with cracking and warping.

A wise man (Charles Neil) once told me “A really good woodworker knows how the hide his mistakes.” To take that a step further, a really good turner knows how to do exactly what you did.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 03-20-2015 01:26 PM

Tree cutters cut down trees along a power line last spring/summer. I came along in Jan/Feb and loaded several log sections into my pickup. Started rough turning mid Feb.

While new to deep hollow turning, and first time turning Long Leaf Pine, not a new woodturner or new to wet wood! When tell you do not have a uniform thickness (wall & bottom) know what I am talking about.

While LLP cuts like butter, might see some ridges cutting curves going over early-late wood. I could see and feel but no problem getting a smooth transition with one or more passes with my gouge.

Can definitely see a difference between uniformly turned HF and not. I am not the first to include the pith in a woodturning. That minor pith cracking seen on one side normal whenever include pith in a woodturning. Not unusual to see cracks on both sides. Normally remove the pith before turning hardwood did not turning pine!

While there is a lot of good scoop on message boards, videos, and web sites on line there is a lot of old wives tails and nonsense too! So don’t be afraid to try something new!

Thanks Jerry can only echo same advise!

-- Bill

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