2nd Turned bowl

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Project by Bard posted 12-14-2012 04:32 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my 2nd turned bowl. This wood was a bit green, and that’s why I think the cracks developed towards the end of the project. If anyone has any advice on that I would love to hear it. I bought the wood (Myrtle) at Rockler, and it was sealed in wax. I wasn’t expecting it to be so green/wet as I turned it, but it was.

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 05:13 AM

Most anything you get at Rockler, Woodcraft, etc. that is sealed in wax will likely be 30% or higher. A moisture meter or weighing it over time will help you determine just how wet it is. The big thing is to make sure it is dry before your final turning. There are a variety of ways of doing this and a lot of information out there.

Some people take the wax off and seal it with anchor seal, and then put it aside (the standard is 1 year per inch thick for drying), others will rough turn the item to about an inch thick and then coat in anchor seal. This takes about 6 months before you can do your final turn (1 year per inch, but now both sides are drying). Some will take all the wax off, or rough turn, and put them in a dual layer of brown paper bags to let them dry. Yet others will coat the blank or rough turning in anchor seal and then put it in a dual layer of brown paper bags. And finally some will rough turn it, soak it in denatured alcohol for about 48 hours, then just wrap the outside in brown paper bags. In theory the blank can be ready in a few weeks to a month without much distortion.

There are probably a ton of other methods out there as well which I would love to hear about from others here.

The other thing I wonder in looking at the pics is if they are heat cracks. How hot did the sandpaper/wood get when you were sanding? Be sure to sand slow enough that things stay cool. Excessive heat can lead to cracking as well.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 05:23 AM

A totally unique bowl

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