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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 12-10-2018 03:09 PM

Rink, below is only a suggestion on what I would do or already have done on stuff that looks like what you have pictured. As wood workers, we all know that there is no such thing as SCRAP in a wood shop. It’s only clutter that must be thinned out every now and then. The same goes for wood turners. No such thing as crappy wood if you have the desire to what is available and can make it secure. Usually, what people call crappy wood turns out to be some of the best looking wood around.

I’m sticking with my dowel suggestion. Instead of actually using a dowel, get yourself some shish ka bob skewers(100 in a package for $1.98). They are 3/32” (.093 od and about 6” long made from bamboo. Bamboo is pretty stout stuff.

A #40 aircraft drill bit will be the one to use. The aircraft designation only means it’s 6” long and has a point angle different than woodworking bits.

On the bowl side, start the hole about 2” from the crack 2” down from the rim. Try to stay parallel with the rim. You can also drill down from the rim at an angle of your choice to bridge the cracks. If you punch through the other side of the wall, it’s no big deal as it will become a feature. With a little planning, you could do this along the top of the rim with evenly spaced skewers just to give a design feature while giving it a little more security. Just make sure the skewers bridge the larger cracks.

If you want more info, PM me with your email and I’ll send you some pictures of a couple pieces I’ve done. ......... Jerry (In Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com


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