George Vondriska

Using CA Glue to Repair a Punky Turning

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George Vondriska teaches you how to use CA glue to salvage any turning project that has a rotted or punky patch. He demonstrates this simple woodworking tip on a piece of spalted maple that he’s turning into a bowl. By applying multiple coats of medium viscosity CA glue while the piece is on the lathe, you can fill in any voids and even bring out some extra dark to make it extra aesthetically pleasing.

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5 Responses to “Using CA Glue to Repair a Punky Turning”

  1. Alec

    What if the whole piece is punky? Im getting loads of tear out on the end grain sides of my bowl Is there a way to fix this without vacuum equipment?

    • Customer Service

      The best way to deal with this in my opinion is by using an extremely sharp bowl gouge on your final pass, and take a light shearing cut. It’s all about technique; both turning and sharpening. If you are not there yet with your technique, I wouldn’t advise turning wood that is entirely punky as it is a safety issue.
      You can also try turning it to its final dimensions, then coating with resin, and turning again asap with a very light finishing cut. This will only work if the piece is dry.

  2. KrisMarikha Parke

    I believe it is a Longworth/Bowl Finishing chuck… I want one as well. Looks way awesome

  3. Kaydubya

    George, I’m interested in that mounting system. I’ve not seen anything like that. Where can I found out more about it?

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