Well it happens. I was turning a piece of colorwood and was using a small parting tool to set my thickness. the problem was that I had a chuck on my headstock and the piece was short. The tailstock is about 1 1/4 inch thick, and my 6 inch tool rest would not fit into the opening like you would want it to, I had set it to the tailstock so I was about an inch away from the wood.
All of the parting tools that I have ever used, you should take a little wider groove, than just the width of the tool because they can be pinched in the turning wood. That is what happened to me, the tool pinched and was able to be pulled thru my hand, over the tool rest and under the turning wood. As you can see, the tool was firmly pinched in the wood, it stalled my 3/4 horse lathe, and shocked me with how fast it happened.
Pulling the tool also pinched my finger between the tool rest and the tool, it took a chunck of meat with it, and it hurts today. I am looking for a shorter tool rest, or I believe I will have one made so that this doesn’t happen. Also, it is a poor policy to use the small or micro lathe tools and have them not right up against the tool rest and close to the wood.
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