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post #21 of 24 Old 12-07-2008, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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I would get some thin and medium C/A glue,(available at woodcraft). Take the thin grade first and carefully let it run down into each crack. Don't glue your fingers together. Let it dry for an hour or two. Then take the medium and carefully fill each crack. The medium will tend to bridge the gap and fill it. Again, let it sit and dry for awhile. I would then put this blank in a paper shopping bag and store it in away from a heat source, preferably out in the garage, but out of the weather. Let it sit for a couple of months and dry some more. The problem was the wood still had a lot of moisture in it when you removed the wax. This time of year especially, when you bring it inside, the house humidity is going to be less than outside if you have forced air. This caused the blank to try and dry too quickly and shrink, forming the cracks. Once the blank is glued and stabilized, it should be ok to finish turning. When you are done turning it and applying the finish, put it back in the paper bag and leave it out in the shop for another week before you bring it inside. In the meantime, get yourself another blank that is dry and turn a peppermill from it and you shouldn't run into the cracking problem. Anytime you buy wood that is completely waxed, you should assume it was packed when it was green(fresh cut, full of moisture) unless told otherwise. That is one reason I like to make peppermills out of layered up wood of different varieties that I know are dry when I buy them. Good luck, let me know what happens,
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Thank You firehawk, that is one of the last pieces that I bought, completely waxed the last one is Canary wood and it is still waxed. I will take care of the Rosewood Tues. I actually bought some of their(Woodcraft) C/A glue last week, for some pens, used latex gloves, to keep my fingers clean. When I was done, 5 pen and pencil sets, the gloves were stuck to my fingers.
If I can get a big enough piece of the Spalted Maple I have, that is still in good shape(not cracked) I think I a will try a grinder with it.

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nice work firehawk. walking into woodcraft with a $10 gift card, is likeing eating just one pringle!
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Thanks. Last friday I went up to woodcraft again with the old timer buddy around the corner, so he could buy a dewalt planer and a 6" jet standard jointer. I started out with a nice find, 3" x 3" x 12" paduuk blanks for 13.00 each, bought two. The jet and dewalt reps were on hand for some kind of sale. In fact, the dewalt 735 planer was around 535.00 with the mobile stand(179.00) thrown in for free. Pretty good deal. Lowes is getting around 650.00 just for the planer. The 6" jointer was 585.00 minus 100.00 rebate. Not bad either. They had a long bed 6" jet jointer sitting there with the quick change blades. I called the owner back when I got home. It was 809.00 minus 10% (81.00)sale, minus 100.00 rebate. So I orderd one. I wanted one in the boxes so it's easier to get home. Should be here in a few days. That was my early Christmas present.
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