Drift wood Turned and carved

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Project by Dandog posted 02-27-2011 05:35 AM 1990 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I found this peace of wood I thought that I could remove the crack.But as I turned It.It never went away.As the wood was drying out the crack grew. Next time I think I will seal it.Dose anyone know a trick to prevent this on wet or green wood?Besides the obvious not to turn wood with a crack.Any way it was stained and dyed , wipe on poly and polished.It has my Tia’s birth stone on the handle and in the crack running down the side Amethyst as it’s for her.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 04:32 AM

Very nice turning. I like the color and the stone embedded in the lid. The crack gives it character and looks neat when aligned with the lid!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One other note is that when making a lidded piece, it is best to use dry wood or wait to dry green wood before turning the finished dimension for fitting the lid. If it is not dry enough, the wood may move out of round and the lid will no longer fit.

It depends on the wood weather it will continue cracking. Fruit wood is notorious for continuing to crack. I try to live with it because you can’t always prevent it- it’s wood. One trick I’ve used when I expect it to crack is that I turn a spigot on the bottom ( and on the top of the lid) to hold it in the chuck and then turn it to almost the finished shape. Then I take the shavings and filter them in a cup with a piece of screen wire. I mix the filtered shavings with clear epoxy ( from Harbor Freight) and fill in the cracks. Then I turn it an wait to see if any more cracks appear. If they do, I fill it more and wait again until I think it is through. Next is a finish turn to remove excess epoxy and any stain around the crack , sand and finish. I had to turn an apricot lamp 4 times after filling to get it acceptable to give as a gift.

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

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 04:49 PM

A very cool piece. I really like the character and color of the wood.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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