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Posted on Turning log into bowl with pith in the middle

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#1 posted 06-19-2020 10:46 PM

I turn end grain bowls frequently – pith and all. Whenever I down a tree, I always cut me up some nice cookies to dry, and yes, they most always crack no matter what you do. I just embrace the cracks and turn them info design features. Filled with tinted epoxy, they can provide a dramatic contrast and really enhance the beauty of the bowl.

In the video linked to in the original post, it shows turning them using a faceplate; but for thinner cookies, there may not be enough meat for the screws, or the cookie may not be deep enough to turn out the screw holes once removed… which is where threaded glueblocks really work great. Not only do you eliminate the screw holes, but you can mount/remount the blank as many times as you like without alignment problems like when using a regular chuck. The bowls above were all made using threaded glueblocks:


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