Plum bowl

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Project by Whenu posted 09-20-2019 08:57 AM 590 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, got back on the tools after a wee break. Had some plum lying around, wax external finish and acrylic spray on the inside. Also showing cutting the outside.
As it’s turned green, I’m thinking if the moisture is sealed in and can only come out throught the bark, would this lessen the cracking on drying?

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-20-2019 04:58 PM

Very nice bowl. Goo d that id did not crack on you. I always have cracking problems with fruit wood!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-20-2019 07:24 PM

Plum has such neat colours in it, real nice bowl.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 09-20-2019 09:05 PM

Hopefully sealing the cut wood and letting moisture dissipate slowly through the bark will stop or minimise cracking. had put some epoxy in one crack and some super-glue in another.

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#4 posted 09-21-2019 04:42 PM

Nice work. I really like turning fruit woods, Plum and Apricot are a favorite.

Anything that slows down the release of moisture will help reduce cracking in most cases. Packing in the shavings is one method used before final turning.
I have had good success in rough turning then microwaving green wood like this. During the microwaving process I check frequently for any small crack development and seal them with medium CA glue which usually stop further cracking.

Also filling larger cracks or voids (like the inclusion in your turning) with saw dust and CA glue works well. I pack the them with fine sawdust of the same wood type (unless you want a contrast) then soak the filler with thin CA followed immediately with medium CA. The thin CA acts as a wicking agent for the thicker glue which makes a solid mix of wood and glue. I acquire my fine sawdust with a orbital or belt sander that has a collection bag attached. Over time I have accumulated a whole collection of various wood sawdusts stored in jars ready to use.

-- Les B, Oregon

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