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Old 08-07-2007, 06:12 PM
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Default I finally could use this trick

Quite a while ago I read this trick.
I was working on my big red cedar bowl and since it takes a lot of work I have to leave it often and I noticed the dreaded "cracks" happen .Then I remembered this " putting wet towels and plastic on top around your work to put it to rest.
I could not believe my eyes ,all the fine cracks where gone.now on go the wet towels and plastic and no more worries.
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Default Re: I finally could use this trick

Alice,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but those cracks will reappear once your wood dries out again.
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Default Re: I finally could use this trick

Brian,you are so right ,so every night it goes into the bag and when I am ready it gets my mixture of ,Linseed Oil,Mineral spirit, and a bit of varnish, I hope to keep the red of the Cedar alive. from there I go into other finishes , still thinking about.Alice
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Default Re: I finally could use this trick

Alice,

When I'm carving found wood and see a check starting to form, I'll squirt some CA glue into the check. The glue will stop the check from going deeper into the wood.

Here is a link to the glue that I use to keep those checks in check if you're not aware of this method.


http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...,20022&p=20022

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Old 08-09-2007, 06:34 PM
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Default Re: I finally could use this trick

Brian
Thank you so much I have not heard of it even so we are Lee Valleys best customer lol that sounds so much better than what I was trying to do. I must get my catalog out ,we are 2 hours away from Ottawa so maybe I can move our butt :-)) it is so hard to leave the Lake in the Summer I can send for it probably.
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Default Re: I finally could use this trick

You're welcome Alice.

When you get/order your glue, I would suggest you also get a solvent for the glue as it likes to bond instantly to skin.

Some people use acetone or nail polish remover as a solvent.

I like to use the stuff made specifically for the task, here's a link.

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,110,42966
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