Another Hard Earned Save

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Project by socrbent posted 11-02-2018 01:54 AM 837 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The cherry base in this bowl was a real challenge. Got the log last year, sealed the ends and stored. this summer I split the log and cut a bowl blank on the band saw. Turning started out great.

Turned the face flat, created a tenon on base, turned around mounted on chuck and started removing interior.

All was going good until I noticed some small 1/2” cracks on either side and the bowl was going egg shape. So I added some super glue, put a band clamp around rim, created 3 segmented rings of walnut and cherry and glued in place hoping to minimize the problem. Removed most of the rest of the interior with one big problem near the end. A catch sheared off the tenon and sent the bowl flying.

There was enough left on bottom that I was able to flatten and glue on a new and larger oak tenon.

After waiting for glue to cure before remounting and a few days more I discovered the bowl base the small cracks had had grown much larger on both sides.

Needed to get creative to save the bowl. Drilled a series of holes centered along both cracks. Used chisels, rasps and files to fit some walnut patches using System 3 epoxy tinted black. This was my first use of System 3 and it turned much better than 5 minute epoxy.

I was able to return interior and get it back in round.

There wasn’t enough wood in my opinion to get exterior in round, so much time was spent with rasp and sanding to smooth gaps.

Finished with walnut oil and polished with beeswax.

The lesson learned was – wood was not dry!

Given with the salad tongs to our godchild at her wedding.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 08:03 AM

very nice bowl you made

-- bambi

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#2 posted 11-02-2018 03:09 PM

Good looking bowl and that was a great save.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-02-2018 05:35 PM

Well done. It goes to show that with a little creativity problems can be converted to possibilities.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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