Tamboti Bowl

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Project by thiswoodshop posted 02-23-2014 02:58 AM 2080 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried to turn a segmented Tamboti Bowl, but unfortunately my gleu joint failed and the whole thing come of the lath. I really didn’t see this coming. I was very careful with the speed and made sure my turning tools was sharp.

Bell Forest Products description
Tamboti: Tamboti is a heavy, strong, dense exotic wood. It has an oily nature, making sanding difficult, but does polish well and can be varnished. It is a popular wood for turning and furniture.

Latin: Spirostachys africana
Grows: Eastern Africa
Wood Type: Tropical Hardwood
Texture: Fine to medium
Grain Pattern: Generally straight, can be wavy and interlocked
Health Risks: Dust can be extremely harmful to the eyes
Color: Golden-brown to dark-brown with darker streaks

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 06:59 AM

Bummer…it was looking good too.
I made segmented cane with one piece of Cocobolo in the middle of it all. It broke free during the turning and it was like it never had glue on it. Found out it’s always best to clean glue joints of oily woods with acetone first.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 07:08 PM

doubt it was the speed or tools but the glue. PVA glues, white and yellow glue, are around 50% water. The old phrase “oil and water don’t mix” probably to blame. These glues count on the water penetrating to bond and they can’t do that on an oily surface. Wipe the surface good with mineral spirits and see if your rag gets an oily tint then thats your problem. you could use 2 part epoxy or maybe a polyurethane glue like gorilla glue. Or glue immediately after wiping the joint down joint with acetone or mineral spirits if using a pva glue….before any oil seeps back out.

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 07:33 PM

Thank you for the advice, I’m still a novice when it come to turning. I have another peace of Tamboti laying around and will defiantly try to make another bowl and clean it before glue up.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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