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My first bowl
Nov 21st, 2010 at 9:37pm
 
I started on my first bowl today, made from Ash.  I have the outside preety well formed up.  I have a couple of cracks.  Should I try to fill them with something like super glue before going further.
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Re: My first bowl
Reply #1 - Nov 21st, 2010 at 9:55pm
 
I would fill them early. If you catch them before you completely finish the outside, you can take the CA stained wood off with the finish cuts. It will also help hold it together when you do the inside. Often these cracks go deeper than you're going to hollow so you'll run the risk of it coming apart if you don't address the crack.
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Reply #2 - Nov 21st, 2010 at 10:21pm
 
A crack like that I usually just keep putting CA in the crack till it is full, then continue turning it and then finish. A crack like that can let loose on you.......... Cry
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Reply #3 - Nov 22nd, 2010 at 12:47am
 
Robert, you have one full crack and looks like another getting started.  I've worked on too many pieces like this trying to save it.  Since then, I quit trying to turn bad wood.  There is just too much of it to spend time with a piece that will wind up in the fire box anyway.  Yes, you can try some CA and it might even work.  But, odds are that you won't like what you end up with.  Sorry for the bad news.
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Reply #4 - Nov 22nd, 2010 at 6:22am
 
Thanks.  I am going to give it a try.  Even if it doesn't work, it will be good practice.
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Reply #5 - Nov 22nd, 2010 at 5:33pm
 
I agree with Rev. on this one. I have tried to save a few bowls that cracked on me and it only ended up with the bowl flying apart. You can certainly try to save it just be aware of the dangers of it coming apart.Rev. Doug Miller wrote on Nov 22nd, 2010 at 12:47am:
Robert, you have one full crack and looks like another getting started.  I've worked on too many pieces like this trying to save it.  Since then, I quit trying to turn bad wood.  There is just too much of it to spend time with a piece that will wind up in the fire box anyway.  Yes, you can try some CA and it might even work.  But, odds are that you won't like what you end up with.  Sorry for the bad news.
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Reply #6 - Nov 22nd, 2010 at 6:13pm
 
I would enhance them and make more of them.  If you notice how they radiate from the pith area.  If you clean them out with an abrasive bit on a dremel tool and cut in more lines you can make a sunburst effect to the piece.  Fill the lines with turquois or keyshavings mixed in a color or just burn the lines and leave them black and unfilled or filled with clear epoxy.  Lots of possibilities and fun to.  Sometimes they turn out totally awesome and other times not so much but you won't know unless you give it a shot.

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Reply #7 - Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:49pm
 
I filled the cracks with superglue and let them sit overnight.  I then cleaned it up and flipped it to hollow it out.  I need a lot more practice at that since it didn't true up very well.  By the time I got it trued up, the shape had changed quite a bit.  But, no more cracks. Still needs lots of sanding and will have a couple of chips, but its a start.
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Re: My first bowl
Reply #8 - Nov 24th, 2010 at 4:08pm
 
It is still a nice bowl, I can see it sitting there full of salad.
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Reply #9 - Nov 24th, 2010 at 5:40pm
 
Robert,
Very nice for a first one. That's a keeper.  smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #10 - Nov 24th, 2010 at 6:14pm
 
Great recovery and great first bowl.

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Reply #11 - Nov 25th, 2010 at 2:21am
 
love the grain.  great bowl. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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