It’s long past time to finish this woodturning project. This piece of plum came originally from a tree in my back yard. Several years ago, I rough turned it, painted it with a wax emulsion, placed it in a brown paper bag and left it on my shelf.
During the drying process, it shrunk radically and almost randomly. It also opened a crack clear through the bottom and widened a rot or bark inclusion area.
The mounting tenon is definitely oblong. The difference in length versus width in the tenon was a full 1/2 inch.
The average of the difference falls into a no man’s zone in the capacity of my chuck. Too small for one set of jaws; too large for another set of jaws.
I repaired the crack with plum sawdust from the bowl itself stabilized with CA glue. The bark inclusion or rot was also stabilized with CA glue.
Although the intended lip on the bowl did not survive, I am pleased with the result.