The Coffee Grinder Trick
by Phil Colson
I use a coffee grinder to make small particles from the same wood as I am turning. A handful of shavings into the grinder will do the trick. When a crack appears and a repair is necessary,
a little CA Glue
and fiber goes a long way to hide the defect. I use medium CA glue to fill the crack and then add the ground fiber into the crack. If the crack is small enough it will blend in with the grain.
Occasionally, the crack is too large to blend. I don't want to lose the bowl or hollow form, so I make a feature of the defect. I open the crack with a screwdriver or knife and make it look like a bark inclusion. The coffee grinder will grind it coarse to look like bark or fine to act as a filler.
When the grinder came to my shop I had to buy my wife a new coffee grinder. It was worth it.
It works for me.
Phil can be reached directly via email at
The Highland Woodturner