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My lathe journeys. #24: ... Crime scene pix, not for the squemish!

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 03-20-2015 04:27 PM 1828 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: .... DIY carbide lathe tools ... I shoulda done this sooner :-) Part 24 of My lathe journeys. series Part 25: ...Christmas bowl that split, here's the replacement. »

Catastrophe !!!
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The question is always not “IF” it will happen, but “WHEN” it will happen. Well it finally happened to me.
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I started out with a maple and cedar sandwich.
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Cut out an 11” circle and spent 4 hours turning and sanding what WOULD have been a beautiful 2.5” deep bowl.
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I had just put on the 2nd coat of Tung oil and had picked it up to move it from my bench and I FUMBLED IT ! As it slipped from my hands I almost caught it, but instead it tumbled and crashed to the floor.
Here is the scene of the crime.
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I’m sure this would sicken ANYBODY to see one of your “creations” splattered on the floor like this.

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Yeah, it’s pretty much toast.
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I’m surprised it didn’t break into more pieces.
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Maybe a bit of Super Glue and no one will notice?
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Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk (or SPLIT WOOD either). Rather than throw it in the burn pile I’m thinking I can cut off the rest of the rim with the bandsaw, and just MAYBE have a 10.5” cake platter left over. Might even be able to turn a stand and glue it on top of that.
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The ONLY saving grace at this point is that when I glued up that maple and cedar sandwich, I made it 48” long, so I still have enough to make three more of these bowls.
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Thanks for looking (painful as it must have been) and the usual disclaimer applies…
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Comments, critiques, etc. etc.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward



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patron

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 04:35 PM

‘where no joe has gone before’

when in GA
make a BLT platter from it

Broken Leftover Toast

and get back to work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ConnieReed

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#2 posted 03-20-2015 05:45 PM

Oh no! I’m sorry to see this! Ah well, apparently that one bit of wood REALLY wanted to be a platter and so it made a mad leap out of your grasp. Yeah. That’s it. ;)

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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ic3ss

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#3 posted 03-20-2015 05:54 PM

Tragic, just tragic. Looks like your wall thickness was good, and it landed on a plywood floor instead of concrete. It must have hit just the right spot. Well. . . try again.

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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Jerry

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#4 posted 03-20-2015 06:46 PM

Gaaaaaahhhh! Boy do I feel your pain. So sad to see that Joe. The first time I made a box, I made it out of cedar. My friend Simon, a woodworker of many years said to me. “Cedar, boy, you really like to challenge yourself, don’t you?” As I got a little more experience, I understood exactly what he meant. Cedar is brittle and crumbly. I personally don’t use it anymore except to make liners for humidors. You might want to consider a different wood.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Greg In Maryland

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#5 posted 03-20-2015 07:54 PM

Bummer, that really hurts.

One of my ceramics teacher’s motto was “it’s not art until it has been epoxied.”

That motto seems to apply in this instance.

Greg

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TimberMagic

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#6 posted 03-20-2015 08:46 PM

I’ve not dropped a wooden creation, but I feel your pain. Many years ago I was into RC boats. I had taken the boat outside to spray paint a series of different color stripes across the gloss black hull. I then was returning it to my basement shop to dry. I fumbled it on the stairs, and it left my hands and rolled across the carpet in the den portion of the basement. All the glorious striping was covered with carpet fuzzies! I either cursed, or cried, or maybe a bit of both! I’ve never had a paint job look as good as that one, just prior to becoming all fuzzy. :-)

-- Lee

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 03-20-2015 11:10 PM

Follow the bouncing bowl. A few choice words I bet. At least your idea of a platter is close by. I know what it’s like too. I may have never broken any that way but sure got a number of dings. And dropping it in sawdust after a final coat, that’s my favorite.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Slemi

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#8 posted 03-21-2015 05:42 PM

Put it back together using colored epoxy as filler for missing pieces and also make some space at the crack so that it will be seen where it as cracked. And the turn it again. (Don’t drop it again :))

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arvanlaar

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 03:01 PM

OUCH! That is hard to see :( I have no knowledge about turning so this may be a dumb question, but how does wood break in that manner? I dont think I have ever had wood shatter on me before so I was wondering if you could shed some light on that for me?

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 03-23-2015 04:04 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I cut off the broken pieces of the sides and was going to just sand it out and call it a cake platter. But it’s really too thin for that. So this morning I started a new idea of what to do with it. Hope fully I’ll be posting it in a few days.

I’m not quite sure why it broke the way it did. Jerry mentions above that cedar is pretty brittle so that’s probably what it is. This was the first time I tried to get really thin sides on a bowl, and I guess when it hit the floor, it was at just the right point to make it go BOOM :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 07-28-2015 09:15 AM

1) Oil is slippery.
B) Cake platter B1] Rule two is Always have a plan B loaded up. B2]There are no mistakes in woodsmithery. Only design opportunities.
Also) When Life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life’ll be all
Whaaat_?

Rule #1: Don’t get blood on the wood.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 07-28-2015 09:16 AM

Yes, I’m sympathetic. Jeeze, Margie. See?

-- Mark

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