My lathe journeys. #36: ... Dang! That was a hard "catch" !

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 08-30-2015 12:23 AM 1360 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: ... Bean pot bowl Part 36 of My lathe journeys. series Part 37: ... Salad bowl? or Bean pot? »

So I’m turning my latest bowl. It’ll be the biggest one yet that I’ve done. Everything is going along fairly well and I can only guess ( in hindsight ) that I must have shifted my weight and leaned in a bit too much, because all of a sudden … BANG! The tool catches and next thing I know I’m holding only HALF of the tool! YIKES! Made me jump when it happened.
Looking at the pix you can see that my glue joint actually held, it was the walnut that snapped.



Oh well, live and learn. I thought about trying to re-glue it, but decided to use the bandsaw and cut the wood away from the shaft and I’ll re-use the shaft when I turn another handle.

As always … comments welcomed

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 01:12 AM

Joe, I gotta tell you. I started out turning, and went to box making pretty quick because I just couldn’t master the skew chisel. I got it caught several times and it scared the crap out of me. Turning is tricky and things happen way too fast. Be safe my friend!

-- 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.

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 01:13 AM

That had to be real scarey. Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 02:17 AM

That would make me jump. Glad it was the only thing that happened. Stay safe.

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

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 03:42 AM

I jump too and look for cover. Glad your okay.

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 07:44 AM

That was scarey and pity of the bowl!. Next turning time only handles with woodgrain in parellel direction?


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#6 posted 08-30-2015 11:14 AM

Yikes! Where did the business end of the tool end up, Joe? Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 12:04 PM

Yes, what all has already said. Glad you didn’t get hurt. We never know what might happen. Those big catches will stay with you for a while.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 01:04 PM

Nasty ! But get back on the horse ! Like to see your work progressing . Big damned catches happen to everyone and there are as many reasons for them as their are catches. Falls into the category of “shit happens”. “Keep on Truckin”

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 09-01-2015 07:36 PM

I have broken many tool handles that I have made. I did learn t put a brass or copper feral (sp) on the end and has helped to stabilize the handle. Glad you were not hurt.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 09-01-2015 08:04 PM

Thanks for the comments folks.
Yep, I did jump just a bit when it happened. There was a kind of a “bang” and I actually held on to both halves when it snapped. And yeah, I guess I should have been paying a bit more attention to which way the grain was running in that piece in the middle.

And like Porchfish said “stuff happens” so it’s all part of the learning experience

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