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I need to acquire some bowl blanks to make Christmas presents for the family. I am not going to be late this year. :wink:

I don't have room to dry wood and my feet and legs won't let me go out and find wood so buying dry bowl blanks is all I have left to do. Ebay has a lot of bowl blanks, some green and some dry. They say the green blanks have the ends coated with wax but I don't know how long it would take them to dry. So if you guys can help me I will appreciate it very much. :smile:
 
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If I still had my lathe, and actually liked using it, I'd just glue up some bowl blanks.
 

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If I still had my lathe, and actually liked using it, I'd just glue up some bowl blanks.
Great minds think alike don't they, Joat. :wink: I have thought about doing just that. What I don't like is the glue line which will not be much but you can still see it.
 

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Great minds think alike don't they, Joat. :wink: I have thought about doing just that. What I don't like is the glue line which will not be much but you can still see it.
Depends on how you think about it. Apparently there are some glue that are virtually invisible when they dry, I've never tried any tho, I stick with Titebond II for everything. But the good part is, it doesn't matter if the glue lines would be visible. 'Cause you're going to give them away, so let the new owner worry about that. >:) Anyway, I'm thinking a dark glue would leave a very visible glue line, and that would look pretty nice.
 

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Weldbond dries clear and in my opinion it is superior to the Titebond glues. T3 may be more water resistant but but if I need really good water resistance I use epoxy or polyurethane anyway.
 
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Go to www.woodturner.org and search there. I think you will find several places that sell bowl blanks.
You need friends like I have, every piece shown has been GIVEN to me. As for glue, I use Canian made WELDBOND, it produces a joint stronger than the wood and it goes off quickly and dries colourless.
 

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Weldbond is a way superior product over Titebond.....
 
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Where are you located? Contact a local woodturning club, and have an inquiry put out to their members. Our club has 180 members and free wood is always available.
Thanks, Mark, I am east of Nashville about 30 miles in Murfreesboro. I don't belong because I don't drive at night and the bugger bears might get me. >:)
 

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Been using Titebond II for many years. It's stronger than the wood, I often use it thinned as a finish, I like the color, so far haven't needed a clear drying glue but if I do I will get some, and I'm quite satisfied with Titebond so will keep using it. Water resistance is not an issue, I carry my cane in the bed of my pickup, it gets trained on, it gets dry, it holds up well. If I want something water proof, I'll get water proof glue.
 

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Don try searching for "kiln dried bowl blanks". There are listings on both Ebay and Amazon and Google search will find a few places that carry kiln dried bowl blanks. Just make sure the listing is for "kiln dried" because they are kind of intermixed.
 

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Go to the AAW website and locate their clubs for TN. I know there is one in Cookeville but meets at night.
 

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Go to the AAW website and click on Chapters and fill in some of the info. There are several chapters in TN. This is public information. If you are looking for wood and can have time to let it dry, check with tree services.
 

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Look up something like, DRYING WOOD IN MICROWAVE FOR BOWL TURNING.
 

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Weldbond is a way superior product over Titebond.....
The puff on their web site leads one to think that Weldbond is food safe. Your thoughts on that Stick. I know Titebond III is so that is what I’ve been using for boards and bowls.

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Great minds think alike don't they, Joat. :wink: I have thought about doing just that. What I don't like is the glue line which will not be much but you can still see it.
The one advantage to glueing up your own bowl blanks is the ability to mix the grains as to achieve the best pattern. To that end I offer up my post of 5-06-2018, First Routed Bowl.
 
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