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post #1 of 9 Old 11-13-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Spalted Syberian Elm Bowl

Had a bit of Syberian elm lying around and decided Id give my first hollow narrow opening bowl a shot. The only annoying part about it is getting all that sawdust out of the opening. Took forever until I got some computer duster stuff and blasted the inside every once in a while. Oh and thought Id ask: the project took a few days and one of the knots started cracking and in the span of a few days grew to a much larger crack. In the future I think Ill use some oil or something to keep it nice n moist. Beside that are there any tips to avoid further cracking? and when a crack does occur in a finished piece how do you all fill them? I kinda like the cracking in this piece but itll be good to know how to handle em in the future. Anyway, with no further blather heres some eye candy, happy turnin,
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Try keeping your project in a plastic bag with some shavings if leaving it overnight. CA glue and shavings to fill the cracks before final turning/sanding, or use some crushed colorful stone like turquoise. Just a thought on the foot, I think on the next one try to remove the foot? Otherwise looks fantastic.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Really nice bowl. Too bad about the cracking.

You can never have too much pepperoni on your pizza or own too many clamps.
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Wow, nice job!

Looks like the knot may be the pith, which, for me, always checks!


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1+ on the plastic bag. Some oil will slow drying a bit during hollowing. Try to catch cracks early and use thin CA to help stop them from growing.
If you fill the crack it might be wise to wait until it's good and dry since the crack will likely open or close some by then.
Beautiful piece btw. I love that wood.
Also an air compressor, even a very small one, will make clearing shavings a lot easier.
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VOLCAAANOOOOO BOWWWWL! hahaha turned this guy today. Used you alls advice and used some crazy glue in the cracks because I couldnt find my instabond but it seems to have worked pretty well. Also, found that holding my vac nozzle up to the hole works for clearing the shavings. On keeping the bag in shavings I was trying to think of why that helps and Im assuming its due to the shavings and the bowl having about the same moisture content? Sawdust factory love the idea about the turquoise and crushed stone. Ive seen it used in others work before but never really realized what it was. I think turqoise would really bring together all the greens in the first piece. Where do you buy that kind of stuff? And just wondering- it probably took about eight to ten hours a piece to complete each of these, is that about standard? or am I just ridiculously slow. The people on youtube make it look so easy anyway, appreciate the help everyone,
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I don't do any to leave it to the professionals. Great job everyone.

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I use CA glue and sometimes shavings run through coffee grinder. I try to hit cracks with CA, ASAP and will let it set up before continue turning/sanding. CA that runs out side crack can be PITA to sand away.

Some people use crushed stones, coffee grounds, metal shavings, and even metal dust from grinder. Even read about soaking bowl in water white glue to make cracks go away.

Anyway outstanding wood and form!
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