Jacaranda Wing-ed Bowl #3: There's a Crack

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 10-30-2015 08:57 PM 1107 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have to share this. I’ve taken the Thing off the lathe, still in the chuck, and set it in my bench vise. This, to study the crack that’s going up the side, from the base to one of the ends. I’m trying to figure out how i will proceed. This crack has to be dealt with – it’s actually growing, howbeit slowly. It can’t get any longer, but, it can open up more.
So, I start thinking of ways to bridge the gap and stop it in its tracks. So, I go to the WorldwideInformationSuperhighwayInternetWeb, specifically, You Tube, and search for “fixing cracks in wood turnings”.
This link, Frank Howarth’s solution, is fascinating. And his video work is nothing short of breath-taking. I remember a video of his that I saw a long time ago, where he did a start-to-finish stop-action on the building of an Adirondack Chair. I’m not thinking of using this method, due to the live-edge nature of the Thing, and, the fact that I don’t have a big-boy bandsaw (though, I’m sure, push-come-to-shove, I’d figure out some way of cutting the Thing). Frank’s a Master. Check out his work, and his videos.

Filling cracks, or using plugs (which I’ve done on several occasions) is not the only answer. Frank thinks outside the bowl.


And, here’s the chair video. This, you’ll get a kick out of if you haven’t already. (It’s had almost a million views, so…

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 10:43 PM

Mark, that’s a great technique he used to repair the crack. A lot of work but worth the effort.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 12:01 AM

Love Frank Howarth’s videos. Have you seen the one with the 360° interactive bowl turn?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 07:23 AM

Lew, I watched the bowl video, but not the 360 version. I was more interested in the work he was doing than looking around hie shop, drooling over his machinery (check that bandsaw!).
As for my crack: I excavated a trench, using a 1/8” chisel, followed by a carving bit to clean it up and make it somewhat uniform at about 1/4 deep. I then dribbled some CA to stiffen the fibers and run into the crack at the base of thh trench. (Note: The Thing will not be turned to a 1/4” wall, so whatever I fill the trench with – TBD – will be visible only from the outside. No matter: If I do it right, no one will see down in there – I’m hoping for an over-hang sort-of hollow form, keeping as much bark on the top as I can.)

-- Mark

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