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Default Final update: healing bowls

On my next to last batch of bowls roughed out, there were 12 cracked
ones for reasons unknown. As an experiment, I soaked each one in a
50:50 mixture of white glue and water. I soaked each one in a plastic
tub, with a brick on it to keep it submerged, for 2 days. Then I put
two strips of wood across the container and turned the bowl down on
them to drain for a few hours, wiped the remainder off and set it back
to dry.

Most of the cracks were initially about 1/16 inch wide some were 1/8
or a little larger. One showed no improvement. One was completely
healed. Even after completely drying, finish turning and sanding I
never found the original crack. Most of the others when finished have
what looks like a black hair where the crack was. This decreases their
value but tells me the procedure is not totally worthless.

I probably will not use this again but it is an option for a
irreplaceable piece that cracked. Note: All these bowls were Sweetgum.
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Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA

Somewhere in the world there's
somebody better than me, but I haven't
met him yet.





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On my next to last batch of bowls roughed out, there were 12 cracked ones
for reasons unknown. As an experiment, I soaked each one in a 50:50
mixture of white glue and water. I soaked each one in a plastic tub, with
a brick on it to keep it submerged, for 2 days. Then I put two strips of
wood across the container and turned the bowl down on them to drain for a
few hours, wiped the remainder off and set it back to dry.

Most of the cracks were initially about 1/16 inch wide some were 1/8 or a
little larger. One showed no improvement. One was completely healed. Even
after completely drying, finish turning and sanding I never found the
original crack. Most of the others when finished have what looks like a
black hair where the crack was. This decreases their value but tells me
the procedure is not totally worthless.

I probably will not use this again but it is an option for a irreplaceable
piece that cracked. Note: All these bowls were Sweetgum.
--
Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA


the cracks can add value if you exploit them

boiling the bowls will also fix the problem - boil right after rough
turning - boil for an hour or two then let dry

Somewhere in the world there's
somebody better than me, but I haven't
met him yet.






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On my next to last batch of bowls roughed out, there were 12 cracked ones
for reasons unknown. As an experiment, I soaked each one in a 50:50
mixture of white glue and water. I soaked each one in a plastic tub, with
a brick on it to keep it submerged, for 2 days. Then I put two strips of
wood across the container and turned the bowl down on them to drain for a
few hours, wiped the remainder off and set it back to dry.

Most of the cracks were initially about 1/16 inch wide some were 1/8 or a
little larger. One showed no improvement. One was completely healed. Even
after completely drying, finish turning and sanding I never found the
original crack. Most of the others when finished have what looks like a
black hair where the crack was. This decreases their value but tells me
the procedure is not totally worthless.

I probably will not use this again but it is an option for a irreplaceable
piece that cracked. Note: All these bowls were Sweetgum.
--
Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA


the cracks can add value if you exploit them

boiling the bowls will also fix the problem - boil right after rough
turning - boil for an hour or two then let dry


I went through my boiling period a couple of years ago. Made me feel
like the witch of Endor and over a long period did not notice any big
change in the number of cracks.

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Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
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