Avoiding Stepping On Cracks In Semi Dry Elm Bowl

Elm BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube or Vimeo – but Best right here.

Don’t forget the Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge is coming in November.

I picked up this chunk of wood at a local woodturning club meeting. It was supposed to be green elm. This made sense because the demonstration topic was green wood turning.

However, upon closer inspections and some turning, it quickly became obvious that it had been cut for some time. There were large end checks. Once into the interior of the wood, it did not feel wet enough for fresh green wood. It is elm – just not fresh green.

Those drying checks forced me to turn it smaller than originally expected. Yes, maybe I could have filled them but filling cracks in wet wood can become an issue also.

But the eleven inch by three inch tall bowl, finished with walnut oil, turned out very nice. I like the color of the heartwood.

To summarize the process:

  1. Mount on faceplate
  2. Mark and rough saw on bandsaw.
  3. Remount to lathe and tool the exterior, cut mortise, sand and finish.
  4. Reverse the bowl onto a scroll chuck.
  5. Shape and form the interior, sand, and finish.
  6. Reverse the bowl into Cole jaws
  7. Shape the foot, sign, sand, and finish.
  8. Buff.

Good turning.

2 Responses to “Avoiding Stepping On Cracks In Semi Dry Elm Bowl”

  1. John Danner says:

    As one who is new to bowl turning, why did you not fill the cracks an checks with CA glue and darken with wood shavings….
    Just asking…
    I like your videos, am subscribed but do not see the like thumbs up.
    Keep turnin
    John Danner
    Powell Tennessee

    • Alan says:

      First, Thanks for watching and commenting.
      When to fill cracks and when to turn them out is a decision.
      Filling small cracks is a chore and I have to watch out for staining on the adjacent wood from the CA glue.
      Often, if they’re small, I’ll proceed and turn them out. In this case there were quite a few that would have been a lot of work to address.
      Also, I would not fill anything unless it is bone dry. This wood was still a little bit green.
      For the thumbs up, it is not available on my web site – only via YouTube.

      Please keep watching and tell your friends.
      Alan Stratton