Notice my regular tool rest could not reach so I am using an old water pipe, very inexpensive. I have glued , first I gave it some oil, the reason is that there will not be as bad a shiny spot where the glue hit and the glue will still work. I filled the cracks with very fine dust from the sanding and then used the thin super glue over that. Then when I go back and clean it up I will do the same again. Both on the inside and outside.
The piece is app 12" tall and 17" deep. I am trying to thin it out to app. 1". (Have quite a bit of work to do) I know there are cracks but do not worry about them just yet. When I leave the turning I put a plastic bag over it so that no new cracks happens. The cracks that you see were there from the beginning, I will explain later on how I keep them from getting worse, for now it is the plastic bag that helps most, I do not feel it is worth using super glue just yet.
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This is one of the fantastic elm burls and there are still a lot left. I have used a 1/4" Øland tool so far and of course my trusty chain saw to get it in round. I am finding that if the wood is too hard a 3/16" tip works better.
Check back to see how it progresses (and how much I work)
I will periodically post what I am working on in the shop, pictures, and just general happenings and ideas as they pop up! I hope you enjoy! If you have comments or questions about what I am working on, please just send me an email.