Turning Archive 2006

Dutchmen in a crack

eliot d
>I recently had the opportunity to turn 450 year-old Maryland Wye oak. I turned a nice medium sized hollow vessel. But a significant crack, about 1/32 inch wide and about 2 inched long developed along the grain near the bottom. I'd like to salvage this particular vessel with several small dovetail-shaped dutchmen. They will be for show -- not really meant to hold anything together -- although they may actually help keep the crack from getting wider.

I'm confident about making the small dovetail-shaped inserts -- but not about cutting out the negative shapes along the crack and fitting the dutchmen into the cutout areas just right.

Has anyone ever tried this kind of decorative "repair'? I could use some help.

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