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My lathe journeys. #27: ... Get served lemons? Make lemonade!

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 03-25-2015 12:56 PM 1108 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: ... Been busy past few weeks. Practice, practice, practice. Part 27 of My lathe journeys. series Part 28: ... made new carbide tools, now with handles :-) »

This one started out to be an 11” bowl. I glued together 3 layers of 4/4 maple. Unfortunately when I was turning it the dang tool caught it BIG TIME and threw it on the floor. Took a chunk out of the bottom too deep to fix. I wasn’t taking pictures at that time so there’s no evidence it even happened.

My first reaction was to toss it into the burn pile, but I set it on a shelf and over a few days I pondered it’s fate. I knew there was no way it could ever be a bowl. That damage was too deep. One evening the wife and I were watching the cooking channel and it came to me…. Maybe I could turn it into a cake platter.

So I filled the gapping gash and re-mounted it on the lathe. In order to fix that big tear-out I had to mount it on what was at first gong to be the “bowl”, so unfortunately it has some (patched) screw holes that show on top of the platter. I also turned a pecan base to set it on and to cover the ugly scar on the bottom.

I sent this one to a friend who I’ve known for over 15 years thru our motorcycling community, but I’ve never met her in person. She does a LOT of “Paying It Forward” I’m pretty sure this will be used to serve cakes to senor citizens.
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At the end of the day, I’m glad I didn’t throw this one in the burn pile. It came out rather nice after all.

Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques welcomed.

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



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doubleDD

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 01:09 PM

I turned out OK after all. Reminds me of a big button. I think the pecan blended in with the maple nicely. Nice save.

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

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 01:20 PM

That’s some mighty fine lemonade there, sir….

-- Ed

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 07:40 PM

That’s a beauty Joe. My best friend Simon Wray is fond of saying, “The true measure of a woodworker is how creatively he can recover from mistakes”. I think this is a perfect example of a fantastic recovery.

-- 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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#4 posted 07-26-2015 09:47 PM



I turned out OK after all. Reminds me of a big button. I think the pecan blended in with the maple nicely. Nice save.

- doubleDD


Yeah. It’s a huge button. You couldv’e run with that and mebees carved or inlaid some stitches between the screw on top, and plugged those holes with something really dark so they’d look like holes.

The difference between novice and master is that the master is more adept at fixing mis-cues.

When Life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life’ll be all Whaaaaat?

-- Mark

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#5 posted 07-27-2015 09:28 PM

LOL at Mark ! :-)

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

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 07:38 AM

And another thing: “My first reaction was to toss it into the burn pile…”
Are you some kinda savage? Nevahhhh. This stuff doesn’t grow on trees, you know. Okay, it does. But, still.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 07:39 AM

How’d I get to #28 already. I’m going back to see if I missed something.

-- Mark

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