I love it when you get a flash of inspiration. I needed to make a top for a hollow vessel, and to get the top the desired thickness, I needed to glue two pieces of Walnut together. No biggie. The potential problem was that if I wanted to turn the top between the centers, I needed to make the blank even thicker to allow for the spurs pressing into the wood. (Yes, I know I could have used a faceplate with CA glue)
I glued up the two pieces of walnut with Titebond III after planning the mating surfaces smooth, and clamped them up to my workbench and let it dry overnight. So the next day, I crammed on my “thinking cap” (just like my Mom told me to do at school each day. Little did she know that I lost it on the playground in the 2nd grade. I didn’t have the heart to tell her. You would have thought after seeing my report cards she would have figured that out. Thankfully, I found another one in College.) Anyhoo, I sat there a’thankin’ and it hit me. I can sandwich the blank between two other pieces of scrap wood using CA glue. The scraps get the indention from the spurs, so I all have to do is part them off, and viola! Virtually no cleanup, and no little tell-tale signs. How cool is that!
Sure enough, I glued on the scrap pieces, let it dry for a couple of minutes, then spun it up. The idea worked great!
I am sure someone out there in the turning world has figured this out before, but I swear that I have never seen or read about anyone doing this. Perhaps this is such an obvious technique that everyone knows about it, or it is in a manual that I just don’t have. I seem to be missing a bunch of those. I have not found the handbook that came with my first child. I must have left it at the hospital. But come to think of it, I don’t have the manual for the three others either. Hummmmm.
Okay, I want a show of hands. How many of you turners out there knew about this technique? If you didn’t know about it, then give it try!