So Ill start out by saying that I forgot to mention in my last post about the “payment” my father gave me for helping him remove the cabinets in his kitchen. A barely if ever used Delta Shopmaster bandsaw! Its not the 14” I used to have, but its a start!!! Not that I asked for or expected any form of payment. I think it was more of my dad getting things out of his way that he realizes he has no want for. He also offered me his Hitachi comp/mitre saw that fell off the saw horses. It needs a new handle, but it will be a good upgrade from, the Ryobi that I have now.
Now my titled topic…
I made it into the shop last night for about 45 min. I startrted turning a 3” piece of old white oak….it wasnt until I got the bark off that I saw that radius deep check running about 3/4 of the way up the 1’ piece. I figured it would be a good time to tear into some of that cherry I got from my dads house on Saturday. I decided that there was a natural edge goblet hidden inside of that limb sized log. Putting it between centers, I removed about 1/2 of the material of the stem, cut the spiggot to put it in the chuck (more on that in a moment), and faces off the top end of the piece. I took it off the drive spur and chucked it up best I could, and was about to turn the lathe back on when I hear….”Daaaaaddyyyyyy, its time for the big showwww!!!!”.
Apparently my 2 daughters put together a singing show for my wife and I….complete with hand written programs. Well two adorable girls singing trumps all else, so I wrapped a wet rag around the piece, and a plastic bag around that, turned out the lights and headed in…..I was frustrated, but it was well worth it, especially hearing our 18month old son trying to join in.
Worst part of everything was my chuck….I only have 2 sets of jaws, and while taking the larger ones off, I realized that during my move last year, 2 of the 4 jaws from the smaller set have gone missing, hopefully at the bottom of a box somewhere. Luckily the 2 I found were opposing, so I was able to chuck the piece up anyway. Well see how it works tonight. My wife is having a ladies night and the kids are staying at my parents house. I will only have a short time between when I get home from work and when I have to get to bed…waking up at 4 in the morning sucks…..but I will hopefully finish the goblet. It will be my first completed turned piece in 2 YEARS!!!! Im so excited.
-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"