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Preventing Cracking on Turned Pieces


Are there ways to prevent cracking of wood for turning? Anchorseal helps but does not prevent cracking. The fruit woods are particularly bad—Gary Bashian


Claude Dupuis replies: If you are turning dry wood be sure it’s dry before starting. If you are turning green, turn it with a consistent wall thickness leaving it thick. The thickness depends on the size bowl. For a 12˝ diameter bowl you might leave it as much as 1˝. You can decrease the thickness with the size. Place the rough turning in paper bags in a cool location away from sun or a heat source. You want it to dry slowly. Let dry three to six months and you are ready to finish turn. You will not get 100% crack free, but the odds will be in your favor.

Tags: Wood, Woodturning