Posted on April 16 2018
He was right, but that was only half the story. Because the barrel had fallen into pieces, it was difficult to know exactly how it fitted together. It took some time to get a rough match, although it wasn’t perfect.
Each piece was glued together using a good quality woodworking glue. According to the bottle Selley’s Exterior Aquadhere dries harder than hardwood and can be sanded back easily. It was also easy to clean up any excess with water later on. Once each piece was glued, it was all clamped together with sash clamps. As you can see, I got glue everywhere.
Once dried, it was time for sanding. And more sanding. And more sanding.
It was worth it though, because the wood underneath was in great condition as it was slowly revealed. To fill in the cracks, I mixed sawdust from the sanding (maybe it is sanding dust?) with glue to create a paste, which was painted into the gaps then sanded back for a more natural look.
The base was made using two slats joined together. As this needed to be well balanced, it was placed over an open container which was used as a tracing guide to make even cuts across the curved board. This makes the fruit bowl stable (very important when you are trying to balance lots of round objects on top). To join the base to the bowl, I sanded the base of the bowl flat and then used four dowels, plus a lot more glue.
And this is the finished result. It would probably have been easier to buy the bowl at the market, but this was a lot more fun to make!