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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 1086 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.
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Looking at the pix you can see that my glue joint actually held, it was the walnut that snapped.
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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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Jerry

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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. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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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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Dutchy

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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?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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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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Roger

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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. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Porchfish

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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.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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JoeinGa

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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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