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#1 posted 12-09-2018 03:19 PM

As Bill said thick wood is never as dry as one might think no matter how old. Always a chance for cracks. When cutting blanks either seal the end grain well or put in a plastic trash bag if for a week or 2 till you turn it. While on the lathe, cover with a trash bag, even during a 10 min break that becomes 2 hrs due to whatever comes up.

Repairing cracks is a judgement call – both time and safety. I use all the methods stated previously, mostly use a filler with epoxy, thin ca first to soak in and help hold together. I like coffee grounds and powdered metals, and use artist oil paint to tint the epoxy. All 3 of yours could probably be saved, but it can be time consuming. These may be good educational/practice projects – plan on throwing them away and try some different repair methods. If you get something useful great. Stop the lathe often to inspect what is happening as you remove material. If in doubt throw it out. Try to keep your body out of the line of ejection.

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