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    Man I hate this when it happens......

    ...... you know, you are roughing out a bowl blank, and ............

    Huh...........?

    What's that.................?

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    Yep, a crack I did not see until I turned it a bit

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    Don't matter what angle you look at it, is still cracked!!!

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    Oh well, it will still make a nice bowl, but it would have made a REALLY nice bowl it it had not cracked!

    Cheers!

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    HOLY CRACK!!!!........That's gonna be a nice bowl.
    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

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    Haven't tried it yet, but Kevin G. has done it and it looked quite nice.
    Fill the crack with charcoal dust and CA glue (at least I think that was what he did). Maybe he'll see this and chime in.

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    This was a crack that came from the pith of the log, the wood had been sitting in log form for nearly a year, and the crack was all the way through.

    I was REALLY worried about it becoming shrapnel while turning it, so I turned it away, got to protect my boyish good looks you know (and yes, I wear a full face shield!!)

    As I turned it down, I did have a bit of chunk-age, so I think I made the right choice, which is moot, as the crack is just that much dust now anyways!

    In all I have 15 good blanks from that wood haul, and I have another haul coming up at the end of Nov, a "Ginko" tree this time

    Thanks for the info on the crack filler, I'll file that away for sure!

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
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    I was REALLY worried about it becoming shrapnel while turning it, so I turned it away, got to protect my boyish good looks you know (and yes, I wear a full face shield!!)
    As I've gained more experience turning cracked bowls, I'm finding they seem to be less likely to blow up than I had originally thought. I've done some with pretty gaping holes, and they've survived the ride.

    Filler-wise, I've had good success with epoxy and partially ground-up instant coffee crystals. Makes a nice, rich brown patch.

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