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#1 posted 12-09-2018 11:15 AM

To salvage cracked turnings a labor of love that is not always worth the effort. To prevent cracks need to turn to uniform thickness and if going to leave for a day or two use to cover the turning with a plastic bag.

Wood is never as dry as we think, moisture meter only gives us a ball park reading on thick wood. Wood will gain & lose moisture content thru out it’s life. If wood store improperly, or not processed properly, and some species just prone to crack kind of learn as you go process.

Will get different opinions whether to use CA or epoxy both will work, CA might be little easier to work with.

To salvage cracked turnings very iffy. Neither CA or epoxy will prevent new cracks nor will filing crack with things like now or used coffee grounds, herbal or regular tea, saw dust, or other fillers. I only use coffee grounds, tea, or saw dust if blends with wood color. Have a cheap coffee/spice grinder which use to grind to fine powder. I use CA, after filling cracks, then sand flush, may take couple applications.

Lot of folks do use metal shavings, colored stones, or powder which highlight cracks.

The time it takes to fill, apply CA or epoxy not short! So really up to you with picture #1 and same goes for #3. You could cut or split away crack in #2.

-- Bill

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