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#1 posted 10-19-2018 04:04 PM

Mike, it looks like the dowels go into the piece bridging one crack per dowel ending somewhere into the middle of the bowl. My pieces are always hogged out to at least 3/4” thickness before I drill for dowels. I try to keep my drill bit in the wood when drilling across the cracks. When I go back to truing up the outside, I clean up any and all tear out where the dowels go in and come out.

Then I attack the inside. When I start to expose the dowel edge, the thickness is going to be near the size of the dowel. The dowels pretty much have become a thickness gauge.

Your blank probably should have a couple more dowels.

If you have a table saw, you could even use it to cut a kerf across the cracks. Make sure you nail or preferably screw a board to the face of the blank with the cracks in the vertical orientation. Using the fence, raise the blade, and make a cut or several cuts. Remove the board, and use it on the other end. Repeat the cuts, and then make up some slats the thickness of the kerf, and glue them in. What that will do is tie in the cracks to stabilize the blank.

I haven’t done it yet, but in theory, it should work. I think I’ma gonna do it later today because I can. I’ll let you know how it works. ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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