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Richard Grover
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Dec 18th, 2015 at 7:55am
 
I have a Box Elder log that I turned, green, into a vase (spindle orientation).  It was too long for me to effectively hollow out with the tools that I have available (or possibly experience).  I rough turned the outside, cut the log in half and hollowed each half.  Then I glued the two halves together using Titebond II glue.

Well it has dried and I have finished turned the outside of the vase and sanded to 400.  It is actually the best second turning that I have done so far, trued up REALLY nice.

My problem is that the glue line is still visible.  Cry I am looking for ideas on how to hide the glue line or at least make it less noticeable.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  This is supposed to be part of my wife's Christmas present, so I am kind of in a time crunch. 

Thanks for all you guys & gals do to help us novice turners improve on our skills. Smiley

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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #1 - Dec 18th, 2015 at 8:02am
 
Have you turned it to final thickness?  If no, you can but a bead just above the glue line that will make the line invisible.

If yes, cut into the glue line, and burn with a wire.
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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #2 - Dec 18th, 2015 at 9:09am
 
I would second the wire burning but ADD a couple of lines on either side so it looks more like a design concept than an attempt to cover the joint line.

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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #3 - Dec 18th, 2015 at 9:27am
 
Richard, you could get some of that decorative inlay strip, and if you can remount your piece, cut a recess that the inlay would fit into. Measure, cut, and glue it in doing your best to get a match where it joins. When the adhesive is cured/dry, sand to make up for any discrepancies. Careful, that stuff is less than paper thin.

Curious as to how you joined the two pieces. Butt joint or rabbet joint?............. Jerry (in Tucson)
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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #4 - Dec 18th, 2015 at 9:31am
 
I agree, I would do as the others suggested.
Hide it with a shadow line, bead, burn line. embed some embellishment like wire or stone powder, etc...
There are lots of options,
If "one" of the above items doesn't look quite right, I would suggest making a pair of lines or whatever embellishment you choose.
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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #5 - Dec 18th, 2015 at 9:47am
 
Richard Grover wrote on Dec 18th, 2015 at 7:55am:
I have a Box Elder log that I turned, green, into a vase (spindle orientation).  It was too long for me to effectively hollow out with the tools that I have available (or possibly experience).  I rough turned the outside, cut the log in half and hollowed each half.  Then I glued the two halves together using Titebond II glue.


For future reference.

Gluing together two green pieces of wood is always problematic.

Most times when the wood dries its possible it will crack along the glue line (or along a weak spot in the wood).

Another problem is hiding the glue line. It is very difficult (if not impossible) to get the two mating surfaces perfectly flat. If you are lucky and and get two perfectly flat surfaces the newly exposed surfaces will release some water and you will no longer have two perfectly mating surfaces.
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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #6 - Jan 4th, 2016 at 12:09pm
 
Louie,

I cut a bead just above the glue line as you suggested.  Now even though I know it is there, you would be very hard pressed to see it.

My wife absolutely loved this vase. Kiss  I will try and get a picture and see if I can post.  Thanks all.

Dick
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Re: Hiding glue line
Reply #7 - Jan 5th, 2016 at 5:38pm
 
Nice save, though I also question the integrity of the butt joint if the vase was turned with the grain vertical. The end grain joint will very  likely fail unless it was rabetted ( stepped)
In cabinetry and furniture-making the bead detail is mostly used to"disguise" a joint ( around a door or drawer front or between two boards for instance). As mentioned, many times an awkward joint or  even an annoying error can be creatively turned into a decoration or detail..
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