Turning Archive 2007
Mark Mandell - Gone Round In Jersey
>I'm starting a full-log end-grain piece (18" blank) in Box Elder that has a pith crack along the entire length. I plan on filling the crack, but am wondering when it would be better to do so; before or after I hollow. It's not the only "defect" as the wood has a bunch of hairline fractures that look very cool when finished (if I get it off the lathe without it exploding, that is). The stuff is a bit fragile so I'm wondering if anyone here has tried this and does the different density of the filler effect the cutter too much?
I may wind up taping the outside for added strength during the cut.