My lathe journeys. #18: ... More pecan. A bowl this time.

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 02-16-2015 09:03 PM 1569 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: ... 'nother bowl, a pecan "platter" Part 18 of My lathe journeys. series Part 19: ... bowl (or chalice?) more pecan & maple »

Glued 2 small slabs of pecan together, one piece has a pretty nasty crack in it. I’m gonna try using a mix of superglue and sawdust to fix this one.

Once I had the basic shape coming along, I tried mixing superglue and sawdust together BEFORE putting it in the crack. BZZZZZZZ!! Wrong answer. It sets up too fast to be able to work with it. Figured out the trick is to put DRY sawdust in the crack , then drizzle the glue into it, and repeat this process several times to build it up. (Almost glued my fingers together… so I wont do THAT again :-)


Here’s some shots of the finished bowl. It’s about 7” across and almost 2” tall.




You can see in these 2 pix that the glue/sawdust mix sanded out pretty well.


Usual disclaimer at the bottom… Comments, Complaints, and Critiques welcome. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-17-2015 12:06 AM

Beautiful save on that wood!!! Wow. Great job on the turning as well.

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 04:31 AM

Joe, you are picking things up pretty fast. Yep, most of us have been there. Stuck fingers. I usually add some glue first, sawdust, and little more glue. I use a plastic credit card type thingy for a spreader and force it in. You will find what’s best for you. It is a nice save and turned out fine.
I would add that your finishes always look great. Took me some time to get there.

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 01:19 PM

Thanks gents. I appreciate the comments.

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#4 posted 02-18-2015 05:47 PM

Hey Joe,
You seem like you might have used to much super glue when starting to turn bowls and really stuck to it.
Seriously I was wondering why you did not fix that small chip out on the top edge with super glue and sawdust.
Seriously, I am not sure if I can be. Glad to see you enjoying the lathe, and turning out some nice looking pieces.
Have a blessed day Joe, Todd

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 08:23 AM

On Bowl 71727 I had a deep crack that I addressed before hollowing by sqooshing, oozing epoxy to completely fill it. After I finished the turning, that voice started up.

You really want that to look like an epoxy-filled crack?


Well then. Take your carving knife and cut some out. Cut around it. Make it look like you meant to do that. Then, fill the shallow fissure with a darker wood dust and CA.

Know it all.

I usually do what the voices in my head tell me to do.

-- Mark

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